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FSU Earns Fourth-Year Honors as Tree Campus USA

For the fourth 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 in 2015, 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 student service-learning project. FSU maintains a standard of planting native trees and shrubs.

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.

Frostburg students recently approved a Sustainability Fee, which uses funds from a student fee to support sustainability-focused projects. This year, the Sustainability Fee awarded funding for the purchase of 16 large native trees, which will help replace white ash trees around campus that have died from invasive pest infestation. The plantings will help FSU maintain Tree Campus USA status in 2016.

FSU was first honored as a Tree Campus USA for 2012 and has received the distinction every year since. Past student activities have included planting a variety of native trees on FSU’s campus and around the city of Frostburg.

“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.

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $36.8 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 Brosi at


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