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Arbor Day Foundation Gives LSUA 'Tree Campus USA' Status

Released: 02/23/2011

LSU Alexandria has earned Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship, announced John Rosenow, Arbor Day Foundation founder and chief executive. It’s the second consecutive year in which LSUA has received this distinction.

The Arbor Day Foundation launched the Tree Campus USA program, with corporate support from Toyota, in 2008 when 29 schools received recognition. LSUA is among about 100 colleges nationwide which have met Tree Campus USA criteria.

The core standards necessary to gain Tree Campus USA status include evidence of an active campus tree-care plan, an Arbor Day observance, a working campus tree advisory committee, and a service-learning project that engages the student body.

The LSUA campus is most noted for several ancient live oaks, some of which are estimated at 250 years old. However, more than 200 trees representing a dozen other native varieties have been planted in recent years at Arbor Day ceremonies.

“We’re committed to enhancing our campus environment by growing and maintaining trees,” said David Wesse, vice chancellor for finance and administrative services and coordinator of the LSUA tree initiative. “They provide clean air, shade, wildlife and aesthetic beauty, and it’s a source of pride on this campus.”