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USM receives Tree Campus USA plaque, banner

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USM officials pose for photos with the Tree Campus USA plaque they received Tuesday. USM officials pose for photos with the Tree Campus USA plaque they received Tuesday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Southern Miss' designation as a Tree Campus USA was made official Tuesday morning.

Outgoing President Dr. Martha Saunders was presented with a plaque from the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota recognizing USM for its tree conservation efforts.  The school also received a Tree Campus USA banner. 

The university was notified that it had received the award several weeks ago.

"We very much treasure our trees," said Dr. Martha Saunders, outgoing USM president. "They are a part of our campus history and as we look at our next 100 years, we want to make sure that we ensure the beauty for at least that long," Saunders said.

"This legitimizes our tree canopy to me," said Loren Erickson, USM arborist. "It really makes it a recognized asset," he said. 

USM is the second university in Mississippi to get the Tree Campus USA designation.  The other school is Delta State University.

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