In 2013, UVM was officially recognized as a "Tree Campus" by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The initial application process was a student-driven effort by students in NR 206: Environmental Problem-Solving and Impact Assessment and the Honors College HCOL 186: Trees and Culture courses: a testament to student initiative and interest in the environment on the University of Vermont campus.

Since that time, the Tree Campus designation and program continues each year under the direction of the Grounds Manager in coordination with a Tree Advisory Committee and student intern.

As part of the Tree Campus designation, the University has committed to meeting the five standards set by the Arbor Day Foundation which include:

  • Created a tree advisory committee;
  • Outlined a campus Tree Care plan;
  • Dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program;
  • Hosts an annual Arbor Day celebration; and 
  • Conducts student service-learning projects related to trees.


Tree Advisory Committee

  • Matthew Walker Grounds Manager
  • Mark Starrett, Associate Professor of Horticulture, Plant & Soil Science
  • Vincent "VJ" Comai, City Arborist, Burlington, Vermont
  • Luben Dimov, Senior Lecturer, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

About Trees on the University of Vermont Campus

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 withexotic ginkgos and a rare dawn redwood. When Ira Allen gave this land to the newly created state of Vermont for a college1791, 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 tobeautify 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's10,000 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, moreresistant 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.

Trees in Academia

students studying a tree

When the study of trees comes to mind, a first thought is often to Forestry. While the University of Vermont does offer a B.S. in Forestry within the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, there are other majors and disciplines that incorporate trees into their studies.

Trees in Research

forestry student climbing a tree

Celebrate National Arbor Day

Events information coming soon.

Tree Campus Resources

UVM Tree Inventory (a map and inventory of campus trees)

UVM Tree Profiles (a digital exhibit developed by a 2014 Honors College class)

Tree Campus Program Contacts

UVM Grounds Manager:
Matthew "Matt" Walker, phone: 802-656-3866

Tree Campus Student Coordinator: