Frostburg State University Earns Third-Year Honors as Tree Campus USA

March 11, 2015
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Frostburg State University Earns Third-Year Honors as Tree Campus USA

Frostburg State University Earns Third-Year Honors as Tree Campus USA

For the third year in a row, Frostburg State University has been honored as a Tree Campus USA for its commitment to effective urban forest management. The program, launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota, "honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation," according to the Arbor Day Foundation.

FSU 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. FSU maintains a standard of planting native trees and shrubs.

The Campus Shade Tree Committee at FSU is chaired by Dr. Sunshine Brosi, an associate professor in the Department of Biology, and includes Dr. David Puthoff, an associate professor in that department, and Dr. Eleanor McConnell, an assistant professor in the Department of History, as well as Greg Partsch, Laura Smith, Lawrence Gingerich, Liz McDowell and Becky Wilson. Outreach activities for 2014 included a tree planting on Frost Avenue supported by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

"Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment," said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all."

"Toyota is so proud to support a program that we believe has a great impact on both reducing the environmental footprint of a college campus and inspiring college students to become conservation leaders," said Latrondra Newton, chief corporate social responsibility officer for Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $29 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at

For more information on FSU's campus tree program, contact Brosi at

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.


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