Tree Campus

A crowd gathers on Western Michigan University to celebrate Arbor Day. WMU has been named a "Tree Campus USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation for seven consecutive years.

Western Michigan University was one of 29 campuses to earn the designation of "Tree Campus USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation in 2008, the first year of this award. WMU has been re-certified every year since 2008. We are one of only two colleges in Michigan to receive this certification. The program is modeled on the foundation's popular Tree City USA program, which began in 1976.

"These schools have made a major commitment to protecting, caring for, and adding to their campus forest. The results of this commitment will have a lasting, positive impact, not only on campus but in the overall community." —John Rosenow, founder of the Arbor Day Foundation

National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on other dates according to the best tree planting times. In 2015, WMU celebrated Arbor Day by planting an eastern white pine—Michigan's state tree. In addition, the University held a dedication for the new 17-foot icon near Sangren Hall.

Tree campus USA
WMU tree care plan

Tree Campus USA criteria

Tree Campus USA displayIn order to be certified as a Tree Campus USA, a college must meet five criteria:

  1. Must have a Tree Advisory Committee.
  2. Must develop and implement a Campus Tree Care Plan.
  3. Must have a Campus Tree Care Program with dedicated annual tree expenditures.
  4. Must observe Arbor Day.
  5. Must have a tree-related service-learning project.

Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Founded by J. Sterling Morgon in 1872, it's celebrated on the last Friday in April. WMU Landscape Services has participated in Arbor Day celebrations since 2006. Activities include the planting and dedication of a tree on campus, poem readings and a history of Arbor Day. In 2013, our Arbor Day celebration included the planting of a bald cypress at the east end of Goldsworth Valley Pond. The celebration was held in collaboration with Students for a Sustainable Earth and the Western Student Association.