Bard College Earns 2013 Tree Campus USA Recognition for Promoting Healthy Trees and Conservation on Campus
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— Bard College has earned 2013 Tree Campus USA recognition, from Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota. The program honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. To be eligible for the award, colleges and universities must establish a tree advisory committee, have a campus tree-care plan, dedicate annual funding for its campus tree program, host an Arbor Day observance, and sponsor student service-learning projects. This year’s Arbor Day tree planting at Bard will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 25, at the Bertelsmann Campus Center.
“The Bard Arboretum is honored to receive the Tree Campus USA award for our fifth year in a row,” said Bard Horticulture Supervisor Amy Parrella. “It is a testament to our commitment to preserving Bard’s oldest trees and to our dedication to planting new trees to make sure that future generations of Bardians will continue to be surrounded by a beautiful landscape—a conducive ‘place to think’.”
The Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard College enhances the aesthetic, educational, and public services of the College and promotes plant conservation and preservation and the essential character of the landscape. Bard’s 550-acre campus, in the heart of New York’s Hudson River Valley, is rich in history and full of natural beauty. The campus has long been recognized for its spectacular gardens and superb collection of living trees and plants—in fact, many of the Valley’s most notable trees are located at Bard. The Landscape and Arboretum Program was formed with the charge of preserving and cultivating the campus’s horticultural assets. The Arboretum Program formalizes the College’s dedication to caring for its unique landscape and opens the door to horticultural education, outreach, and research. For more information about the program, classes, and other events, please visit http://inside.bard.edu/arboretum/.
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