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    Triton College is a Tree Campus USA College

    Triton College first won Tree Campus USA® recognition in 2016 for its commitment to effective urban forest management. Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

    Triton achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, creating a campus tree-care plan, dedicating annual expenditures for its campus tree program, holding an Arbor Day observance and participating in a student service-learning project. Currently there are 296 campuses across the United States with this recognition. Participating colleges apply for and earn certification and then apply for re-certification in subsequent years.

    The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $46.7 million in campus forest management last year. For information about the Tree Campus USA program visit arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.

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    Triton's Tree Care Advisory committee meets once a semester to discuss care of Triton's urban forest and tree-related campus initiatives. The committee includes administrators, students, faculty, staff, and urban forestry experts from Morton Arboretum.

    Triton has a Tree Care Plan that was written with input from the Tree Advisory Committee and Facilities personnel.  The most recent version is available here: Tree Care Plan.

    We hold Arbor Day related tree-planting events annually. Native species of trees from the list of preferred species in our Tree Care Plan are chosen. In 2016 we planted a nannyberry viburnum and in 2017, we planted a bur oak.


    Triton Students are mapping our campus trees and volunteering for service learning projects
     

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    There is a multi-semester project underway to map Triton's trees by location and species. As part of the curriculum, students from several classes are learning to use GPS to locate trees, and then are photographing and identifying them. Students from Environmental Biology, Geology and Technology for Educators participated in 2017.

    Triton’s campus is adjacent to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Triton students have long participated in volunteer workdays in a variety of Cook County Forest Preserve locations near campus. In 2017, a partnership was agreed to between the Forest Preserve District and Triton: 41 acres of forest preserve property adjacent to campus have been designated Triton Field and will be used as an area where student volunteers can learn about woods ecosystem management and restoration.

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    To find out about how to volunteer, contact Adrian Fisher, adrianfisher@triton.edu.