Dakota State University in Madison has been honored with 2019 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is a distinction they have earned every year since 2016.
The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. DSU achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project. Currently there are 385 campuses across the United States with this recognition.
DSU has been recognizing this commitment on campus by planting new trees on campus for Arbor Day since 2016. This year, five Swiss Stone pines were planted at the Heartland Technology Center.