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Southern Miss has been designated a "Tree Campus USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota North America, Inc. Southern Miss has been designated a "Tree Campus USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota North America, Inc.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota North America, Inc. have recognized The University of Southern Mississippi for its tree conservation efforts.

USM has been named a Tree Campus USA.

The university met five criteria for sustainable campus forestry required to receive the designation.  The were the establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an observance of Arbor Day and student service-learning projects.   

"It's not just a token feather in our cap, it's not just something that they hand out," said Loren Erickson, arborist for Southern Miss. "Every year it's re-issued and pretty soon after a certain amount of time, if you increase and you meet your goals, you actually get a better award that's given to schools that have achieved it over and over and I think that's what we're looking at," Erickson said. 

Currently, there are more than 60 species of trees on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Tree Campus USA program began in 2008 and is supported by a grant from Toyota.

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