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Augusta University students participate in planting trees during Arbor Day celebration on the Health Sciences Campus in February 2022. [Michael Holahan/Augusta University]

Augusta University achieves Tree Campus Higher Education recognition

Augusta University has been acknowledged by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus Higher Education university.

Tree Campus Higher Education was founded in 2008 to provide a simple framework for colleges and universities to grow their community forests, achieve national recognition and create campus pride.

“We are very proud to have earned recognition as a Tree Campus Higher Education, which aligns with our commitment to increase the ecosystem services our university provides to the community,” said Ron Booth, vice president of the Division of Facilities Services. “With over 2,600 trees representing 61 different species on AU campuses, our tree canopy continues to expand each year, which contributes to reduced energy consumption, provides important mental health benefits and enhances the beauty of our outdoor space.”

The five standards that must be achieved include establishment of a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree care plan; a record of dedicated annual expenditures; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and institution of an annual student-centered service-learning project.

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, in 2021, there were 411 recognized campuses, 31,584 trees planted and 26,448 engaged students. Last year, Augusta University had nearly 30 volunteers and staff plant 11 trees to add to the landscape of the university in honor of Arbor Day.

“We are excited to be recognized as a Tree Campus Higher Education by the Arbor Day Foundation. It solidifies our mission to be an emerald in our communities’ environment,” said Scott Davis, manager of landscaping and grounds at AU. “Our campuses strive to be a leader in all aspects of educational growth, including our physical landscape management. Being recognized as a Tree Campus helps us educate our willingness to promote a pleasing, sustainable campus through maintenance and goals for our campus tree population.”

Davis said AU’s tree care plan and tree advisory committee will function as the keepers and stewards of the 253.61 acres that comprise the three main campuses maintained by the Augusta University Landscaping and Grounds Department.

  • Health Sciences: 121.8 acres total with about 33 acres of landscaped areas;
  • Summerville: 73.75 acres total with about 40 acres of landscaped areas;
  • Forest Hills: 58.06 acres total with about 45.5 acres of landscaped areas and athletic fields (includes 9.5 acres on Damascus Road, 1 acre at Literacy Center and .06 acres for Magnolia Sign).

View Augusta University’s plant and tree inventory. For more information on how to volunteer, email Scott Davis or call 706-721-3661.

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Miguelangelo Hernandez is a senior communications and media coordinator at Augusta University. You can reach him at or (706) 993-6411.

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