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Tree Campus Higher Education (Ongoing)


Campus is recognized as a Tree Campus USA, as of 2015.  This program recognizes college and university campuses that effectively manage their campus trees, develop connectivity with the community beyond campus borders, and strive to engage their student population utilizing service learning opportunities centered on campus and community, forestry efforts.  At Illinois we recognize that trees are an important asset for our campus and the community. They provide habitat for diverse species, sequester carbon from the atmosphere, and have been shown to have a positive effect on human behavior.


Every year, we submit a Tree Care Plan to the National Arbor Day Foundation, for continued recognition of our Tree Campus USA status. The Campus Tree Advisory Committee was created in 2015 by the Executive Director of F&S in conjunction with seeking the Tree Campus USA designation. This committee is an advisory body to the Grounds department at F&S and to the campus community on matters relating to campus trees.

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Project Team

  • Primary Contact:

    Morgan White

    Project Leader:

    Brent Lewis

    Team Members:

    • Kevin McSweeney
    • Ryan Welch
    • Andrew Lamoreux
    • Eliana Brown
    • Sinead Soltis
    • Gabe Harper-Hagen
    • Jack Reicherts
    • Lucy Nifong
    • Maiah Caise
    • Julia Marsaglia, past member
    • Maddie Smith, past member
    • Gary Kling, past member
    • Jay Hayek, past member
    • Aditya Bhansali, past member
    • Meredith Moore, past member
    • Mike Brunk, past member
    • Stephanie Lage, past member
    • Kayla Myers, past member
    • Jordan Goebig, past member
    • Maggie Thomas, past member
    • Vicki Prince, past member
    • Ricky Runions, past member


  • Proposed May 1, 2013
    Proposed by Stephanie Lage
    Approved July 1, 2014
    Approved by Al Stratman
    Started January 21, 2015
    Started by Morgan Johnston
    Completed April 7, 2016
    Completed by Al Stratman