University campuses as repositories of historic and culturally important trees
Campus grounds of many colleges and universities are landscaped with trees that beautify, improve the environment, and sustain wildlife. In addition, academic programs at some schools rely on campus tree collections as instructional resources. The land-grant universities in the United States illustrate how trees are used in teaching. These schools, at least one in each of the 50 states, are the primary venues in the United States for baccalaureate programs in horticulture and forestry, and many of these institutions offer courses in dendrology, arboriculture, and landscape plant materials. Land-grant universities were founded, or existing schools were designated as land-grants, following the passage of the Morrill Land-grant Act of 1862. During the sesquicentennial year of the act, I initiated an effort to document the oldest and most historically or culturally significant trees on the campuses of land-grant universities. Over 20 of the oldest institutions have been studied to date. Typically, five to ten specimens recommended by local authorities were photographed and measured to estimate age. In addition, any folklore concerning the history of the trees was recorded. The information has been posted on a web site. The project is continuing. Goals include expanding the number of campuses and assisting in efforts to conserve these valuable living resources.
Graves, W.R. (2017). University campuses as repositories of historic and culturally important trees. Acta Hortic. 1189, 31-34
preservation, land-grant universities, environmental education, arboriculture