Wednesday, May 8, 2019

CVTC Earns another Tree Campus USA Recognition

College on its way to a 2019 recognition as well

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CVTC Horticulture Club members pose with the Tree Campus USA banner by a newly planted tree at the Energy Education Center. Standing at right is Brad Johnson, urban forestry coordinator for the DNR’s western district.


Chippewa Valley Technical College is well on its way to earning another Tree Campus USA recognition by the National Arbor Day Foundation, soon after learning the College received the distinction for 2018.

CVTC’s Horticulture Club held tree plantings at the energy Education Center Thursday, April 25 as part of the College’s West Campus Open House. The tree plantings, accompanied by instruction on proper planting procedures, served as an observance of April 26 as Arbor Day 2019, one of the five standards for Tree Campus USA recognition. Also at the open house, the Horticulture Club gave away Black Hills spruce tree seedlings as a student service-learning project, meeting another standard for Tree Campus USA designation.

After students planted a Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn tree and a serviceberry tree, Brad Johnson, urban forestry coordinator for the DNR’s western district, presented students and instructor Susan Frame with an update to CVTC’s Tree Campus USA plaque to commemorate the 2018 recognition. Johnson noted that in the area, Western Technical College in La Crosse and UW-Eau Claire are the only other colleges to earn Tree Campus USA recognition.

In addition to the activities at the open house, to earn 2019 recognition CVTC must also have a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan and dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program. The program also requires a commitment that any trees removed be replaced with new plantings.

CVTC first earned Tree Campus USA recognition in 2015.

"Tree Campuses and their students set examples for not only their student bodies but the surrounding communities showcasing how trees create a healthier environment,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “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.”