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

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

For the fifth year in a row, Frostburg State University has been honored with Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

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. Currently, there are 296 campuses across the United States, including six in Maryland, with this recognition.

There will be a Tree Campus recognition ceremony, including a tree-planting, as part of Focus Frostburg on Monday, April 17, at noon.

“I congratulate the members of the Campus Tree Advisory Committee for their continued advocacy and care of our campus’ trees,” said FSU President Ronald H. Nowaczyk. “The continuing recognition as a Tree Campus demonstrates Frostburg State’s long-term commitment to sustainability.”

Over the past five years of Tree Campus USA recognition, FSU has planted 144 trees on University property. The University plans to plant 50 additional trees in 2017.

FSU’s Campus Tree Advisory Committee is chaired by Dr. Sunshine Brosi, an associate professor in the Department of Biology and coordinator of the ethnobotany and forestry programs.

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

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. The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $46.7 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at

For more information on FSU’s Tree Campus USA activities, contact Dr. Brosi at

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 or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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