TREE CAMPUS USA DESIGNATION; rhinehart Outstanding professional
The University of Iowa has once again earned Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation. The 2016 designation recognizes the UI's dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. The UI was Iowa’s first Tree Campus USA institution and is one of only five Tree Campus USA award winners in Iowa; this is the eighth year the UI has earned the designation.
Mike Rhinehart was honored as 2016 Outstanding Professional by the Iowa Urban Tree Council at the 27th Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon in Des Moines. Mike is a certified arborist and has worked in Facilities Management since 1999.
Tree Campus USA is a national program of the Arbor Day Foundation that honors colleges and universities for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship.
The Facilities Management Tree Crew includes the following: Shawn Fitzpatrick, Supervisor, Landscape Services, and International Society of Arboriculture(ISA) certified arborist; Mike Rhinehart, Supervisor, Landscape Services, ISA certified arborist, and 2016 Outstanding Professional, Iowa Urban Tree Council; Andy Dahl, UI arborist and ISA certified arborist/municipal specialist; Alan Allgood, UI tree trimmer and ISA certified arborist; and Kent George, UI Tree Trimmer. This team maintains more than 7,700 trees on the main campus and the UI Research Park, and typically plants more than 300 trees each year.
To earn the Tree Campus USA status, the UI Facilities Management Landscape Services team met core standards of tree care and community engagement. The group also established a campus tree advisory committee and maintains a tree-care plan.
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The FM Landscape Services team helps UI student volunteers organize a campus tree planting. . Student volunteers planted trees near the Old Capitol, Seamans Center, Hubbard Park and in Gibson Square. The tree planting also helped fulfill a service project requirement for Landscape Services in their annual renewal of "Tree Campus USA" designation. In 2009, the UI was named the state of Iowa's first Tree Campus USA institution for its excellence in tree stewardship, as well as student and community involvement in its efforts.