The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is among the few universities that participate in the Tree Campus USA program, which promotes effective tree management, campus community involvement, and nature connectivity among faculty members and students through forestry efforts. UIC has been recognized as Tree Campus USA every year since 2011.
In order to maintain our Tree Campus USA status, UIC must hold an arbor day observances annually and conduct service learning projects each year. In 2016, UIC planted 2 trees in April as our arbor day observance event. Read all about it here: 2016 Arbor Day Observance. We tagged many trees with students from UIC College Prep as our service learning project. Read all about it here: 2016 Service Learning Projects.
UIC will be celebrating the 2017 arbor day observance on Friday, May 12 as we plant 30 trees in the Grove along with volunteers form Enablon, Chicago Tree Initiative, and American Forest. See the event information here.
Exciting news to be added to our 2017 recertification is the addition of the UIC Tree Inventory! UIC recently fostered a partnership with Bartlett Tree Experts in order to build and maintain our inventory of trees. This inventory provides valuable information on the number of diverse species, total canopy coverage, and the health and age of all trees. This information can be used in order to develop practical and beneficial management practices. Want to look up a specific tree on campus? Now you can! Read more about the tree inventory, as well as the benefits of maintaining a tree inventory here.