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WTAMU Designated as Tree Campus USA

May 15, 2017

CONTACT:    Misty Rueda, 806-651-2247, mrueda@wtamu.edu      

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WTAMU Designated as Tree Campus USA


CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s efforts to create an inviting and beneficial tree canopy have paid off with special designation as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The WTAMU campus is home to more than 500 trees that provide a canopy of green from Old Main to the Virgil Henson Activities Center.

The University community will celebrate the Tree Campus USA designation with a special ATree Campus USArbor Day ceremony in September. The occasion also will mark the planting of 25 additional trees on campus, thanks in part to the Chapman Forestry Foundation and the Texas Forest Service.

The University received the Tree Campus USA recognition after meeting five requirements that reflect dedication to the campus environment. The five standards include a campus tree advisory committee, a campus tree care plan, a campus tree program with dedicated annual expenditures, an Arbor Day observance and a service-learning project. WTAMU joins many two- and four-year accredited colleges and universities across the United States recognized as Tree Campus USA Schools.

“We are so proud to be designated as a Tree Campus USA,” Dr. Walter V. Wendler, University president, said. “West Texas A&M University is home to a beautiful campus, and that is in large part to the canopy of green that shades our buildings, lawns and gathering spaces. I am grateful to those who work so hard as stewards of the environment to make sure our trees continue to grow and thrive for generations of WTAMU students.”

Trees are a precious commodity in the Texas Panhandle and play a vital role in the community by providing protection from the area’s harsh climate, serving as habitats and shelter for wildlife and creating a beautiful, welcoming environment. The University began its efforts to improve its tree canopy in 2011. Since then, trees have been planted all across campus, including in areas where the new saplings will eventually replace older, dying trees. A variety of trees dot the WTAMU campus and are selected for their hardiness to the Texas Panhandle climate. The trees include Texas Red Oak, Chinese Pistache, Lace Bark Elm, Burr Oak and Locust. Red Bud trees can also be found on campus.


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