The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) recently recognized Mississippi State University (MSU) for maintaining its Tree Campus USA® status for the last six years.
“Improving the urban tree canopy of a campus can have many benefits,” said Russell Bozeman, MFC state forester. “Trees provide shade, protect from the wind and clean the air.”
An increase in tree canopy can significantly reduce the amount of energy a campus, and community, needs to generate. Green spaces also give students and faculty the setting to relax with others, or on their own.
“Studies show that being in and around nature improves our health and increases focus in the classroom,” Bozeman said. “The commitment to the Tree Campus USA® program shows MSU’s investment in the management of its urban forestry resources,” Bozeman said.
The Tree Campus USA® program is a national recognition program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation. Campuses must meet and maintain five program criteria – create a campus tree advisory committee, create a campus tree care plan, create a campus tree program with dedicated annual expenditures, host an Arbor Day observance and create a service learning project.