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UNL Earns Tree Campus Designation

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has once again earned Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation. The 2013 designation recognizes UNL's dedication to campus tree management and environmental stewardship. This is the sixth year in a row that UNL has earned this designation. UNL was one of the first nine universities in the nation to earn Tree Campus USA status in 2008. Currently there are 192 universities with this designation.

Tree Campus USA is a national program of the Arbor Day Foundation that honors colleges and universities. To earn Tree Campus USA, UNL must meet core standards of tree management and community engagement. Landscape Services was involved with an Arbor Day tree planting ceremony held on the East Campus. Landscape Services also formed a tree advisory committee and maintains a tree care plan.

Landscape Services maintains over 9,000 trees on both campuses. Since becoming a Tree Campus in 2008 they have planted 400 trees. Tree planting is one of the many sustainable practices done in an effort to create and maintain a greener campus.

Banner Presentation

UNL receiving Tree Campus USA banner in 2008

Amy Tabor

Amy Tabor, a certified arborist from Landscape Services trimming a tree on campus.

Did You Know...

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln landscape profile includes:

  • 617 total acres (City Campus=275, East Campus=342 acres)
  • More than 325 acres of green space
  • Approximately 9,000 trees
  • Landscape valued at over $9.1 million
  • 15 miles of streets
  • 35 miles of paved sidewalks
  • 84.5 acres of parking (16,076 stalls)


The Department of Landscape Services provides the following services:

  • Landscape planning and design
  • Landscape construction
  • Landscape maintenance
  • Design, planting and care of garden areas
  • Development and management of campus botanical gardens
  • Production and planting of trees, shrubs and perennials
  • Design, installation and maintenance of irrigation systems
  • Maintenance of streets, sidewalks, malls and parking lots
  • Landscape lighting and outdoor signs
  • Solid waste and recycling services
  • Campus litter cleanup
  • Snow removal