The national Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Ohio State’s Columbus campus and the CFAES Wooster Campus, each, as a Tree Campus USA. For Columbus, it’s the eighth consecutive year to earn the honor; for Wooster, the seventh. In all, the foundation said, 17 colleges and universities in Ohio and 364 throughout the United States have received the award so far this year.
The Tree Campus USA designation goes to colleges and universities for “promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation,” the foundation said in a press release. Criteria include having a campus tree advisory committee, campus tree-care plan, and student service project. Ohio State’s and CFAES’ ongoing efforts to warrant the recognition involve faculty, staff, students, and volunteers from the Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens, Secrest Arboretum, Wooster Campus Grounds, and other units on the campuses.