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MSU named ‘Tree Campus USA’ for fifth consecutive year

April 20, 2017 -- MSU News Service

An Ohio buckeye tree glows red in its fall foliage on the northeast corner of the Strand Union Building at Montana State University.
MSU Photo by Adrian Sanchez-GonzalezAn Ohio buckeye tree glows red in its fall foliage on the northeast corner of the Strand Union Building at Montana State University.
MSU Photo by Adrian Sanchez-GonzalezSummer rain dampened the scenery of Montana State University in Bozeman last July. 
MSU Photo by Adrian Sanchez-GonzalezFour great horned owls took up residence at Montana Hall in the heart of the Montana State University campus in 2014. University students and employees said they were fun to watch and also provided evidence of a robust campus ecosystem. MSU photo by Kelly GorhamSam Larkin, a senior majoring in organismal biology at Montana State University, helps planting and tying down ponderosa pine trees near Yellowstone Hall on campus at last fall's tree planting.
MSU Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez

An Ohio buckeye tree glows red in its fall foliage on the northeast corner of the Strand Union Building at Montana State University. MSU Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez

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BOZEMAN -- For the fifth year in a row, Montana State University has been designated a Tree Campus USA in honor of its commitment to effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

In recognition of the designation and in celebration of Arbor Day, MSU will hold its annual “Plant a Tree, Donate a Tree” event on Friday, April 28, at the Louise Shunk Day Care Center, located on the MSU campus at 1295 W. Garfield St. Donations are being accepted throughout the month of April and will be used to purchase the trees for planting. The event will begin with a planting at the day care center at 10 a.m. and will kick off a day of planting activities.

All activities are open to the public. Events will begin on the hour and continue through 1 p.m. These will include a planting at 11 a.m. at the Roskie Beach area, located south of the new Yellowstone residence hall; a planting at noon at the west side of the south entrance of the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse; and a planting at 1 p.m. at the west side of the Animal Biosciences building. The Animal Biosciences planting will include three fruit trees. Other choices will include deciduous and evergreen species.

“We are honored to be recognized once again for our ongoing stewardship of our tree resources,” said E.J. Hook, MSU environmental services manager. “We are especially excited to be planting at the Louise Shunk Day Care, providing an active learning opportunity for the children, helping to shape the future by touching both young minds and the environment.”

The student club Circle K hopes to raise $2,000 to provide 10 trees toward this effort. A full tree donation is $200 per tree, though any amount is welcomed. MSU employees interested in making a donation may contact Hook at (406) 994-7840 or edward.hook1@montana.edu. The general public is invited to contact Circle K at msucirclek@gmailcom to make donations.

Funds are being raised throughout April, which is recognized as Earth Month. Anyone interested in helping to plant a tree is invited to simply show up at the tree planting location during the designated hours. The event will be held rain or shine.

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/.

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