Category Archives: Habitat Management

Purdue Fort Wayne earns Tree Campus USA® honor

Purdue University Fort Wayne has achieved the designation of a Tree Campus USA® from the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. The program recognizes colleges and universities for successful campus forest management and for engaging students and staff in conservation goals. Purdue Fort Wayne joins more than 380 campuses across the country with this distinction.

To obtain the honor, the university met the foundation’s five core standards for effective campus forest management:

  1. Tree advisory committee
  2. Campus tree-care plan
  3. Dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program
  4. Arbor Day observance
  5. Student service-learning project

“This is great achievement for both our students and campus,” noted Tad Smith, director of grounds. “This will give our students educational opportunities to learn about the approximately 10,000 trees we have on our nearly 700-acre campus. We are proud that this honor also helps us showcase our sustained commitment to environmental stewardship.” 

Read the full Purdue University Fort Wayne Press Release for more information.

Conservation Conversation

Let’s talk about it!

UPDATED MARCH 24. The program is drafted and we are tying up loose ends for the Saturday April 6th, 2019 event. All of the details are at consconv.org. The Conversation will be a day of speakers, displays and hands-on demonstrations about regional ecology, the environment and sustainability. The intent of the event is to facilitate dialogue about the opportunities and challenges for conservation among local and regional organizations and other stakeholders efforts in our growing community, and work towards collaboration with partners for the best outcomes for the quality of life in our region. The audience is comprised of the general public, representatives of a variety of organizations and agencies, and the faculty, students and staff of Purdue University Fort Wayne. The day ends with a wonderful dinner featuring sculptor Sayaka Ganz. RSVP here, and shoot us an email at erc@pfw.edu if you have any questions!