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LSUA Again Earns 'Tree Campus USA' Designation

Released: 05/23/2011

LSU Alexandria again has been designated a Tree Campus USA university by the Arbor Day Foundation, announced John Rosenow, chief executive of the Nebraska City, Neb.-based organization. LSUA is one of only three schools in Louisiana to earn this recognition for 2010.

The Tree Campus USA program cites colleges for promoting urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship.

Rosenow said LSUA met the five core standards of tree care and campus involvement necessary for Tree Campus USA status. The requirements are a campus tree advisory committee; a campus tree-care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on tree care; involvement in Arbor Day observances; and service-learning projects to engage the student body.

“This is a well-deserved recognition for LSUA, and it will have a long-lasting impact as a motivator for students and local citizens to plant trees and create healthier communities for decades to come,” said Rosenow. “The benefits of the tree canopy to the campus are self-evident and striking.”

LSUA has planted more than 250 trees around annual Arbor Day observances that began in 2004. Species include live oak, magnolia, red oak, catalpa, black gum, water oak, swamp chestnut, white oak, sycamore, cedar, cypress and ginkgo. The LSUA science faculty has involved students in class projects to conduct a census, categorize and monitor the health of the trees.

The campus is punctuated by several mature live oaks, some of which are estimated to be 250 years old. Six live oaks are named in honor of distinguished contributors to the university.

“Vice chancellor (finance and administrative services) David Wesse and Bob Karam (executive director of facility services) have a commitment to making the campus a beautiful place to learn and work,” said Dr. David Manuel, chancellor. “The front door of the campus in particular is epitomized by the magnificent oaks and inviting environment.”

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit tree conservation organization with nearly a million members.