The Arbor Day Foundation has announced the selection of the University of Alaska, Anchorage as a 2009 Tree Campus USA University for its "dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship."
John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation, said in a press release that UAA, "...engages college students and local citizens to plant trees and create healthier communities for people to enjoy for decades to come." UAA is the first university in the state of Alaska to be named a Tree Campus USA University.
Under the supervision of Pat Leary, UAA Landscaping Horticulture Manager and certified arborist, specimen trees - including maples, oaks, pines and more - have been planted on the UAA campus since the late 1970's and some of them have reached an admirable maturity. Every year tree tours are led on campus by Leary and other local arborists. Watch for them in the coming year.
Congratulations to UAA and to Pat Leary and her fine horticulture staff!