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“Nevada Shade Tree Week” aims to make UNR a “Tree Campus USA”


Photo courtesy of Carol Bishop

The City of Reno Urban Forestry Commission teams with the University of Nevada, Reno Arboretum Board to celebrate “Nevada Shade Tree Week,” October 24 through November 2, 2014.

A tree planting will take place on Saturday, October 25, at the Early Head Start-NEIS facility on university grounds at 8:30 a.m.

The Phi Delta Theta fraternity is providing tree-planting volunteers for this special student service project, which will help meet one of the requirements for UNR to become a Tree Campus USA.

The University of Nevada, Reno was designated a state arboretum in 1985. The campus is home to a diverse collection of plants, trees, shrubs, flowers, ornamentals, and native flora with many designated areas on campus open to the public. The wide variety of trees on campus represents nearly 200 species, according to unr.edu/arboretum.

The City of Reno is already a Tree City USA and has been for 33 consecutive years.

“The Tree Campus USA designation is a matter of pride for both UNR and the City of Reno,” says Steve Churchillo, City of Reno Urban Forester and UNR Arboretum Board Member.

“It tells people on a national scale that Reno cares for its trees and that education is vital to protecting and preserving trees. This is critical in our desert climate where growing and keeping trees alive is no easy task,” Churchillo stated.

The Tree City USA and Tree Campus USA designations were developed by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize cities and universities that demonstrate a commitment to the care and health of trees in their communities. Funding is provided by the Nevada Division of Forestry Urban and Community Forestry program.

The City of Reno government’s mission is to efficiently provide the highest level of service responsive to our community. In order to achieve that purpose, the Reno City Council has established four key priorities: Provide Safe and Livable Neighborhoods, Provide Efficient and Responsive City Services, Promote a Sustainable and Vibrant Economy, and Enhance Communications and Community Engagement. To learn more about the City of Reno, visit Reno.gov or call 334-INFO.

Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.