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Program to recognize UTTC as “Tree Campus USA”
April 7, 2016


Program to recognize UTTC as “Tree Campus USA”

UTTC Nutrition and Food Service graduates plant a ceremonial tree in 2015.
BISMARCK (UTN) – United Tribes Technical College is one of the first tribal colleges in the country to receive designation as a “Tree Campus USA.” The distinction will be conferred at a program starting at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6, North Dakota Arbor Day. The public is invited.

UTTC joins Blackfeet Community College of Browning, MT, in being recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation, headquartered in Nebraska. The two are the first tribal colleges in the nation to meet the standards for two and four-year accredited colleges and universities to develop and promote healthy trees and student involvement on their respective campuses.

UTTC Program
The UTTC Arbor Day program takes place near the main entrance to the college’s Skill Center building on the campus at 3315 University Drive.

In addition to receiving the Tree Campus USA designation, the event includes tribal protocols and a ceremonial tree planting that continues a longstanding tradition of recognizing graduates of the college’s Nutrition and Food Service program.

Guest speakers include UTTC President Russ McDonald, Standing Rock/Dakota wisdom-keeper Mary Louise Defender Wilson, North Dakota State Forester Larry Kotchman, and U.S. Forest Service Deputy Director for State and Private Forestry John T. Shannon of Missoula, MT.

Youngsters from grades four and five of Theodore Jamerson Elementary School on the UTTC campus will attend, along with tribal leaders on the college’s governing board and other dignitaries. A reception follows in the Skill Center and tree seedlings will be available free for those attending.

UTTC’s Community Forest
UTTC’s campus trees program is coordinated by Linda Hugelen, an Agroecology Extension Educator with the college’s Land Grant Programs.

“We’ve had some expert help from good partners,” says Hugelen.

During the summer of 2015, Community Forestry Specialist Joel Nichols of the North Dakota Forest Service compiled an inventory and assessment of the campus tree resources using GPS technology. The college’s 106 acre main campus contains more than 1,278 trees. Many were planted prior to the college’s founding in 1969, when the site was a former military post known as Fort Lincoln.

“As expected, the older trees are in decline,” says Hugelen. “Our plan brings more resources into the ongoing maintenance and replacement that we’ve had for many years, and builds on more recent work in our educational programs related to food production from trees.”

The appraised value of UTTC’s community forest resource is $4.5-million. Included are trees planted for landscape, ceremonial, commemorative and beautification purposes. In 2011 the college established a fruit orchard in its Dragonfly Garden. The tree planting location for this Arbor Day program is a fruit tree grove that serves in the college’s Nutrition and Food Service educational program.

UTTC has received funding and technical support from a number of government agencies and private sector organizations, including the North Dakota Forest Service, U.S. Forest Service, USDA NRCS Plant Materials Center, Lincoln-Oakes Nursery, the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts, NDSU Extension Service, N.D. Dept. of Agriculture, Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, Dreyer’s/Edy’s Fruit Bars, Communities Take Root, Fourth Grade Foresters of North Dakota and now the Arbor Day Foundation.

“We’re very grateful for all the assistance and support we’ve received,” says Hugelen. “We plan to continue submitting proposals and enhancing this resource.”

Tree Campus USA Standards
With over one-million members and supporters, the Arbor Day Foundation is the largest non-profit membership organization dedicated to planting trees.

The Tree Campus USA program requires institutions to have: 1) a campus tree advisory committee, 2) a published tree care plan, 3) dedicated annual tree care expenditures, 4) an annual Arbor Day program, and 5) service learning projects. The program is sponsored in partnership with Toyota.

For more information contact Linda Hugelen, Agroecology Extension Educator, UTTC Land Grant Programs, United Tribes Technical College, 3315 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504-7565, 701-221-1426, 701-595-6998, lhugelen@uttc.edu.
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