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MSU named a ‘Tree Campus USA’ for fourth consecutive year

April 20, 2016 -- MSU News Service

MSU named a ‘Tree Campus USA’ for fourth consecutive year for its commitment to effective campus forest management and conservation. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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For the fourth consecutive year, Montana State University has been named a Tree Campus USA in recognition of its commitment to effective campus forest management and for engaging faculty, staff and students in conservation goals.

In celebration of the recognition, MSU is raising funds throughout the month of April for its annual “Plant a Tree, Donate a Tree” event, which will be held in the fall to coincide with the planned opening of the new Yellowstone residence hall. MSU employees may contact E.J. Hook, MSU’s environmental services manager, to make donations. The general public is invited to contact the student club Circle K for any donations.

The student club Circle K, in partnership with Residence Life, the Office of Sustainability and Facilities Services, is raising the funds this year for a tree planting in the Roskie beach area, located in the space west of Roskie and North and South Hedges residence halls and east of the new Yellowstone residence hall, along the creek. This planting is intended to enhance Mandeville Creek as it meanders through one of MSU’s largest backyards. Circle K hopes to raise $2,000 to provide 10 trees toward this effort.

“The hope is that the new plantings will become something of a legacy piece for the new residents, something to connect them to the landscape,” said E.J. Hook, MSU environmental services manager. “The whole idea of the Tree Campus program, and especially of our event this year, is to change how we as a society view and value trees in our environment. We want everyone, but students, especially, to see trees as a precious resource, providing wildlife habitat, beauty and, even more importantly, clean air.”

MSU achieved the Tree Campus USA recognition by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, maintaining a tree care plan, dedicating annual expenditures toward trees, observing Arbor Day and committing to a student service learning project.

MSU’s Tree Campus USA designation is from the Arbor Day Foundation, an organization dedicated to inspiring people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. The Arbor Day Foundation created the Tree Campus USA program in 2008. More information is available online at http://www.arborday.org/programs/treeCampusUSA/.

To make donations, MSU employees may contact E.J. Hook, (406) 994-7840 or edward.hook1@montana.edu. Members of the public may contact Circle K directly at msucirclek@gmail.com.    

Contact: E.J. Hook, (406) 994-7840 or edward.hook1@montana.edu