Campus News

March 4, 2011

Take Note

Arbor Day Foundation honors Emory's forest management on campus

Emory recently earned recognition as a "Tree Campus USA University" by the Arbor Day Foundation for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. This is the second consecutive year Emory has received this honor.

"The University's Forest Management Plan [PDF] has helped identify and prioritize the best ways to manage forested lands on campus," says Ciannat Howett, director of sustainability initiatives.

Tree Campus USA is a national program honoring colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship.

"We are committed to protecting green space at Emory, given the fact that some of the most richly biodiverse hardwood forests within Atlanta's perimeter exist on this campus," continued Howett.

Emory's Forest Management Plan and additional strategies help to ensure the campus remains abundant with natural beauty, open spaces, trees and plant life. A Land Use Classification Plan identified areas appropriate for development and sets aside more than 50 percent of campus as protected green space; and the No-Net-Loss Policy for forest canopy guarantees every time a tree is removed, enough trees will be planted to maintain the same forest coverage. 

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