The Arbor Day Foundation named Nebraska Wesleyan University a Tree Campus USA University earlier this year for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. NWU is the second university in Nebraska and one of the first 16 in the United States to be named a Tree Campus USA University.
Diversity is key to healthy forests and healthy universities according to Kathy Reynoldson, curator of Nebraska Wesleyan’s Alice Abel Arboretum. She said that in its early years, the university relied too heavily on Austrian and Scotch Pines. That homogony increased the trees’ susceptibility to certain kinds of blight.
“How better it is to have diversity of species here… Fir, White Pine, Scotch Pine and Spruce,” Board of Governors Chair Larry Ruth (‘67) said in his 2008 Commencement address. “How perfectly rational to add diversity. And how much better also to have more diversity of thought and culture here on campus and in our lives.”
To show just how diverse our arboretum is today, our “tree of trees” outlines all the tree species found on campus.