USAO earns Tree Campus USA designation
Long advertised as “located on a heavily wooded national historic district,” USAO has now earned a national distinction -- “Tree Campus USA” -- from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, for nurturing its healthy trees.
The award, which recognizes tree care, was awarded to university representatives at the State Capitol. This is the first year USAO has participated in the program.
Led by USAO Professor of Physical Education Nancy Osborn, a team of students did the legwork necessary to qualify. To achieve this status with the National Arbor Day Foundation, USAO had to meet multiple criteria.
An advisory committee was formed that drafted a campus tree care plan. This program included the allocation of dedicated annual expenditures for tree care valued at roughly $3 per full-time enrolled student.
The university developed a campus tree care plan and on National Park Lands Day, sponsored a campus and community clean up and tree planting project.
USAO is one of two state universities in Oklahoma to achieve this honor.