Tree survey initiates plan to join Tree Campus USA program
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 15, 2012
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—To help maintain and enhance the beauty of the Tarleton campus landscape, as well as to assist with the preservation and utilization of the university’s greenspaces, a tree survey is being conducted in order to fill a database with valuable information that will aid in the effort.
Certified arborists from Davey Tree Experts are completing a survey of the Tarleton grounds, which includes more than 1,900 trees across the 170-acre main campus and outlying facilities such as the College Farm, said associate vice president of physical facilities Joe Standridge.
“The tree survey is an initiative of the president who asked to bring in arborists to look at our trees and make recommendations for the type of trees, and to determine whether they have a long life ahead of them or if they should be taken down in the near future,” Standridge explained.
The survey’s results will allow the university’s grounds maintenance supervisor to adopt and review policies related to tree replacement and maintenance, as well as to map the exact location of each tree using GPS technology and document its type, approximate size and age, and overall health.
Trees have always been a special part of Tarleton’s history, with students and visitors alike noting the natural beauty of the campus with its open greenspaces dotted with numerous oak, pecan and evergreen trees.
“The survey will give us a good feel for the 1,900 trees on campus. A map will show the location of all the trees to determine the species as part of a software program we have which will allow our staff to generate reports on each tree,” said Standridge. “The Texas A&M Forest Service is also on board and may provide resources in the event we ever have diseased trees needing special attention. They will come down and meet with us to make recommendations.”
Once completed, Tarleton hopes to move forward with plans to become part of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA program, which recognizes college and university campuses that effectively manage their trees, develop connectivity with the community beyond campus borders, and for those institutions who strive to engage their student population utilizing service-learning opportunities centered on forestry efforts.
“Before we can apply to the Tree Campus USA program, we must have a management plan in place and have the tree survey completed,” Standridge said. “As part of Tarleton’s sustainability efforts and becoming a more ‘green’ campus, our goal is to become a part of Tree Campus USA.”
Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System
Contact: Kurt Mogonye