Arbor Day Foundation Honors WTAMU with 2018 Tree Campus USA Recognition

Jan. 22, 2019

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Arbor Day Foundation Honors WTAMU with 2018 Tree Campus USA Recognition


CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University was honored with 2018 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. 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.

“Tree Campuses and their students set examples for not only their student bodies but the surrounding communities showcasing how trees create a healthier environment,” Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation, said. “Because of your school’s participation, air will be purer, water cleaner and your students and faculty will be surrounded by the shade and beauty the trees provide.”

The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. 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. Currently there are 364 campuses across the United States with the Tree Campus USA recognition.

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. 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. 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.

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses across the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $51 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at

About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at