University of Iowa

Tree Campus USA

About

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 University of Iowa was designated the state of Iowa's first Tree Campus USA institution in 2009 for its excellence in tree stewardship, as well as student and community involvement in its efforts. The campus has achieved this status each year since.

The Tree Team maintains approximately 8,000 trees on the main campus and the UI Research Park, and typically plants more than 300 trees each year.

 

The Tree Team launched a Tree Inventory App to catalog trees across campus. Check it out here:    Tree Inventory App

UI Receives Tree Campus USA Designation

The Landscape Services Tree Crew was recently honored with a 2018 Tree Campus USA Award at the 29th Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon in Des Moines. The award was presented by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources April 3rd at the Sheraton in West Des Moines. 

The UI was the first college in Iowa to win the award in 2009 and is one of only six Tree Campus USA award winners in Iowa. This is the 10th year in a row that the UI Tree Crew has received this honor.

To earn the award, a campus must at a minimum have a campus tree advisory committee, a tree care plan, a tree program with dedicated annual expenditures, an annual Arbor Day observance, and a service learning project to engage the student body.

“The Tree Campus USA award is a symbol for universities and colleges who continually strive to educate and engage their students and surrounding community about the benefits of trees and exhibit excellence in their tree management,” says State Forester Jeff Goerndt. “University of Iowa has provided an outstanding example for other Iowa colleges and universities, by enhancing our forest resources and demonstrating the great value of trees in providing multiple benefits for future generations."

The Facilities Management Tree Crew contributors include:

  • Shawn Fitzpatrick, Grounds Supervisor, Landscape Services, and International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)–certified arborist
  • Mike Rhinehart, Supervisor, Landscape Construction, ISA-certified arborist and 2016 Outstanding Professional, Iowa Urban Tree Council
  • Andy Dahl, UI Arborist, ISA-certified Arborist/Municipal Specialist and 2014 ISA National “True Professional of Arboriculture” Award Winner
  • Alan Allgood, UI Tree Trimmer and ISA-certified Arborist
  • Micah Berg, Groundskeeper I
  • Grant Raitt, Groundskeeper I

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