Thousands of trees of all shapes and sizes on Eastern Kentucky University’s 912 acre Richmond campus helped earn the school a Tree Campus U-S-A designation. The national program, which was launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities that nurture trees and engage students in conservation efforts. E-K-U biology professor David Brown says trees are well tended to at the university.
“They take good care of their trees, they have a committee made up of faculty, students, and staff that make decisions and plan for the trees and how to take care of the trees on campus,” said Brown.
David Brown says the ‘tree campus’ tag is not necessarily tied to the population of mature trees.
“I don’t think that the age of the trees is that important but the University does have a lot of beautiful old trees …the facility’s personnel are really good at taking care of their trees…they have could arborists on staff who know how to look for sick trees and prune them,” added Brown.
E-K-U is one of seven Kentucky schools with a tree campus designation. In 2008, Northern Kentucky University became the first university in the nation to be recognized as a Tree Campus U-S-A partner.