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U of U Tree Campus USA

The University of Utah campus, including Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, is part of the State Arboretum of Utah. The main campus includes more than 12,000 trees. Protecting and celebrating campus trees is important for the health of our community for now and generations to come.

Our Campus Trees

The University’s 12,000 tree inventory includes thirteen “Big Trees” designated by Utah Register of Big Trees. In addition, Red Butte Garden and Arboretum’s tree collection consists of 1,621 specimens, which includes 372 different species and cultivars/varieties of trees, and 137 hybrid oaks found in Cottam’s Grove.

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Campus Tree Committee

The U of U Campus Tree Committee brings together members of the University and Salt Lake Valley communities to serves in an advisory capacity to the University of Utah’s Department of Campus Planning and the manager for landscape and open space. The committee, chaired by a student, encourages research and education related to trees; helps organize volunteer efforts associated with tree planting and maintenance; and provides outreach to the community about the importance of the urban tree canopy and the arboretum on campus.

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Formed in Spring 2014, the Tree Committee achieved Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation in March 2015. Tree Campus USA acknowledges universities and colleges that make special efforts to care for their trees and educate the community about the benefits of trees through Arbor Day celebrations and tree-centered service-learning projects.