Help Tech Maintain Tree Campus USA Status

Arkansas Tech University students are invited to participate in a service learning project on Monday, Nov. 21, as part of the institution’s Tree Campus USA designation.

The project will consist of spreading mulch around the new trees that were recently planted behind Chambers Cafeteria. Volunteers are needed from 1-3 p.m.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

Arkansas Tech earned the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and a student service learning project.

There are more than 250 colleges and universities across the United States that have achieved the Tree Campus USA recognition.

Arkansas Tech began a tree planting program during the 2009-10 academic year. The trees are a continuation of a long-term landscaping beautification program made possible through the generosity of Tech alumni Robert and Sandra Norman of Tulsa, Okla.