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Drury University again earns Tree Campus USA designation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 30, 2018 —The Arbor Day Foundation has designated Drury a “Tree Campus USA” for the fourth year in a row. Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges and universities for engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation through effective urban forest management.

Drury achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, and dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, as well as hosting an Arbor Day observance and a student service-learning project.

Recognition of the award was present to Drury by the Missouri Department of Conservation during a campus Arbor Day celebration on April 24. Springfield Councilman Dr. Tom Prater issued a proclamation declaring the day “Drury Arbor Day 2018.” Drury students performed music and original poetry and gave remarks. The event was followed by a guided tour of Drury’s campus foliage.

Drury’s urban forest accounts for more than $1.2 million in capital assets. There are more than 1,000 trees and 90 species on campus.

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Contact: Joe Fearn, Head Groundskeeper - (417) 873-7414 or jfearn@drury.edu

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