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Shepherd retains Tree Campus designation

ISSUED: 29 March 2023

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — For the fourth consecutive year, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Shepherd University as a Tree Campus.

Dr. Court Campany, associate professor of biology, the Beta Beta Beta biology honor society, Madison Hale, coordinator at the Shepherd’s Agricultural Innovation Center at Tabler Farm, and the Shepherd Environmental Organization have planted 20 native trees on West Campus and at Tabler Farm across multiple tree planting events.

Photo of students standing in field holding tree campus USA sign in front of trees they just planted.

Through its Tree Campus Higher Education program, the Arbor Day Foundation honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. To obtain this distinction, a campus must meet five core standards for sustainable campus forestry, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for a campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance, and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.

The University will celebrate Arbor Day on Monday, April 10, when students will plant more trees in the Carl F. Bell Arboretum, which is located on West Campus near Printz and Dunlop Halls.

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