The Arbor Day Foundation officially designated Sacramento State as a “Tree Campus USA” during a ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the University Arboretum.
The recognition ceremony was part of a campus visit by attendees of the Foundation’s annual Partners in Community Forestry National Conference, held at the Sacramento Convention Center.
Sacramento State will be honored by the Arbor Day Foundation in a Nov. 14 ceremony as a Tree Campus USA. The University boasts more than 3,500 trees, most of them planted in the 1950s.
The day’s events included a tour of the Arboretum and brief talks by some of the University’s tree-care stewards. Mike Baad, the Arboretum’s longtime director, accepted the Tree Campus USA plaque from Foundation representatives.
Sacramento State is surrounded by a thriving urban forest of more than 3,500 trees, most of them planted in the early 1950s. Fall is particularly beautiful on campus, as the tens of thousands of leaves change color.
The University met five standards set by the Arbor Day Foundation to be named a Tree Campus USA: establish a tree-advisory committee and a campus tree-care plan, dedicate a percentage of annual expenditures to the campus tree program, schedule an Arbor Day observance and get students involved in service-learning projects.
“This is one of the few campuses I’ve been to where you can drive all the way in and park your car and walk onto the campus before you see the buildings,” says Robert Anchor, manager of the University’s Grounds and Landscape Services. “What you see first is the urban forest.”
For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Office of Public Affairs at (916) 278-6156. For more on the Arbor Day Foundation and its Tree Campus USA program, go to www.arborday.org.
– Dixie Reid