Mississippi State University is now a Tree Campus USA as designated by the National Arbor Day Foundation. For the state’s Land Grant University, this is a special recognition. To be a tree campus, a university must meet five standards:
Standard 1 – Campus Tree Advisory Committee
Standard 2 – Campus Tree Care Plan
Standard 3 – Campus Tree Program with Dedicated Annual Expenditures
Standard 4 – Arbor Day Observance
Standard 5 – Service Learning Project (MSU’s service learning project is a campus tree inventory)
MSU was recognized as a Tree Campus at the Mississippi Urban Forest Council annual meeting in October, 2014. We will have an official celebration with students and university officials on February 13, 2016, which is Arbor Day for the state of Mississippi.