OBU has been
To obtain this distinction, OBU met the five core standards for effective campus forest management: 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.
OBU was recently recognized by Oklahoma Forestry Services and the Oklahoma Urban and Community Forestry Council for achieving this national certification from the Arbor Day Foundation. The University was among 38 Oklahoma organizations
“We celebrate these groups that have worked hard to achieve Arbor Day Foundation certifications and are benefiting their communities and campuses in numerous ways,” said State Forester and Oklahoma Forestry Services Director Mark Goeller. “We also encourage other communities and campuses to accept the challenge and begin improving the health and quality of life for people in their communities and on campuses.”
Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation to
“We are the only accredited Arboretum in Oklahoma, and are extremely pleased to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA,” said Lisa Hair, groundskeeper II/gardener. “Protecting our campus environment is very important to our grounds crew and also to the administration of OBU. We are delighted to have the support of our University in making this a reality.”
OBU will be hosting its annual Arbor Day tree planting event Tuesday, April 2, at 2 p.m., between WMU and Shawnee Hall. The University will be planting a Cedar of Lebanon, rich in biblical history. State forester Mark Bays will be in attendance. OBU now has more than 150 varieties of trees on campus.
The Arbor Day Foundation is a