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Berea recognized for its arbor care

The Arbor Day Foundation has named Berea College 2009 Tree Campus USA in recognition of its commitment to the care of trees on campus.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to “inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees."

Berea College is the second college or university in Kentucky to be named a Tree Campus USA University.

“The Tree Campus USA program will have a long-lasting impact at Berea College as it engages college students and local citizens to plant trees and create healthier communities for people to enjoy for decades to come,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

“Berea College will benefit from exceptional tree-care practices on campus as it works with tree-care professionals in the community to improve the tree canopy in Berea.”

Berea College met the required five core standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive Tree Campus USA status.

Berea College grounds coordinator, Mathew Partain, listed the five standards of tree care. Measuring finances is the first. This includes spending work hours on issues related to tree care. The second is development of a tree care plan for the campus. This pertains to communication and collaboration on decision-making about trees. The next is the celebration of Arbor Day, which is sponsored by Facilities Management at Berea. Fourth is the involvement of students in service learning projects. Last year this involved a SENS class eradicating nonnative invasive plants such as honey suckle. The final need was the formation of a committee to take care of trees on campus. Berea College formed the Tree Group consisting of students, faculty, and staff.

Mathew Partain explained how the recognition will benefit Berea, “I think this means we will make the best decision possible for the management of the trees on campus.”

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