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Welcome to UVM Trees!

Congratulations on a very successfuly UVM Arbor Day 2014!

Check out UVM Communications and the Burlington Free Press article for information on UVM's trees and Tree Campus celebration.

Upcoming Events

  • May 3rd: Community service events
    • Branch Out Burlington! Tree Planting @ the UVM Hort Farm
    • "Have a Heart, Pull a Weed" Invasive Species Removal @ the Intervale - interested volunteers can call (802) 660-0440.
  • May 31st: Tree Climbing Competition @ Lakeview Cemetery
  • June 14th: Branch Out Burlington's Annual Tree Walk @ Lakewood Estates

More than 2,500 trees call the UVM campus home. Like their human counterparts, they come from all over the globe. Native Vermont sugar maples and oaks grow along with exotic ginkgos and a rare dawn redwood. When Ira Allen gave this land to the newly created state of Vermont for a college 1791, he insisted there be an open common. The creation of such started with the clearing of a stand of pines; however, over the years, trees have slowly returned. Some were planted by university officials and others by students wishing to beautify their campus. The most recent inventory of 500 of UVM's trees estimated their value at $1,725,108.14.

For nearly 100 years, elms reigned as a street tree in Burlington. From the mid-1800s to mid-1900s their high, graceful canopies shaded the green's walkways and lined many streets in Burlington. The arrival of Dutch elm disease in the 1930s devastated these trees, and by 1980 had destroyed almost all of Burlington's 10,000 elms, 1,000 of which were on UVM’s campus. The last remaining mature elm on the green was removed in January of 2005. Fortunately, an active replanting campaign beginning in the 1970s has helped create a much more diverse collection of trees species, more resistant to such disasters. Today, students in dendrology, forestry, and ornamental horticulture learn to identify scores of tree species right on campus, art students draw and paint them, and ethnobotany students study their cultural uses and significance.

In January of 2014, UVM was officially recognized as a Tree Campus USA. The application process was started several years ago by students in NR 206: Environmental Problem-Solving and Impact Assessment and HCOL 186: Trees and Culture - a testament to student initiative and interest in the environment at UVM. As part of the designation as a Tree Campus USA, the university has created a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, and dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program. In addition, every year UVM will host an Arbor Day celebration and student service-learning project related to trees.

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