Here at Truman State, we believe that trees play an important role in both the education process and being environmentally responsible. This page details some of the ways we have contributed to the health and multitude of our trees.
We are proud of our beautiful campus, which has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA site by the Arbor Day Foundation.
Campus Tree Care Plan
Trees provide shade for people and buildings, thus reducing heat gain. They also provide habitats, can reduce rainwater runoff, lessen noise, improve air quality and naturally provide beauty to the environment. For these reasons, our university has created a Campus Tree Care Plan 2017. This plan outlines appropriate tree care policies, and identifies responsible departments and our communication strategy.
Current Members of the Campus Tree Advisory Committee (2016-2017):
- Lisa Hooper, Biology Department
- Bill Kuntz, University Farm Manager
- Donna Liss, Chief Information Officer*
- Sue Limestall, Past President of the Kirksville Area Master Gardener Club & Community Representative
- Luke Mudd, Grounds Supervisor
- Karl Schneider, Physical Plant Director*
- Lori Shook, Campus Planning*
- Saul Lobera, Student Representative
*Denotes a member of the President’s Sustainability Action Committee
Missouri Arbor Award of Excellence
In 2016; in partnership with the City of Kirksville, the Green Thumb Project, the Kirksville R-III School District, and the Environmental Campus Organization (ECO); Truman State University received the Missouri Arbor Award of Excellence in the Business/Institutional category. This award recognizes entities that act as good stewards for trees in their community.
In collaboration with the hard work of Dr. Lisa Hooper of the Biology Department on campus, we have created for our students and visitors two Tree Walks! This includes both a PDF-printable version and an online interactive version, and details some of the various species of trees we have on our quad. With these combined efforts, our university hopes to create many more of these maps in the future, featuring more parts of campus.
Click the images below to view our new Campus Tree Walks.