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Frostburg State University Earns Second-Year Honors as Tree Campus USA
02/10/2014

Frostburg State University Earns Second-Year Honors as Tree Campus USA

For the second year in a row, Frostburg State University has been honored as a Tree Campus USA for its commitment to effective urban forest management. The program, launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota, “honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation,” according to the Arbor Day Foundation.

FSU achieved 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.

“I am proud and grateful to the members of the Frostburg State University community who have placed such a high emphasis on caring for the planet through the care and cultivation of trees in our midst,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter, “and I am pleased to see how our Tree Campus efforts are spreading throughout the region.”

FSU continues to be the only campus in Maryland that has adopted a standard of planting native trees and shrubs, and members of the Campus Tree Advisory Committee see much work that remains to be done on a larger scale.

“We are working on creating an inventory of our trees in the U.S. Forest Service iStreets software to document the amount of runoff the trees have infiltrated and the amount of carbon they sequester to help keep the Chesapeake Bay clean,” said Dr. Sunshine Brosi, an assistant professor in the FSU Department of Biology and chair of the Campus Tree Advisory Committee.

Last year, FSU was honored as a Tree Campus USA for the first time. Since then, “we have been working with the City of Frostburg to become designated as a Tree City USA, including helping to coordinate their Arbor Day celebrations and having service projects like tree plantings on Frost Avenue last fall,” said Brosi. FSU also assisted Allegany College of Maryland in completing its application for a Tree Campus USA.

“Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment.”

For more information, contact Brosi at 301-687-4213 or slbrosi@frostburg.edu.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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