Nampa city’s Arbor Day will be special this year because Northwest Nazarene University will receive its first Tree Campus designation, making the Nampa university the first in Idaho to receive this special designation.
NNU students and staff will plant 13 Norway Maple trees at noon on Thursday, April 21, on campus at the Willey Learning Center. Fifth grade students from St. Paul’s Catholic School and Nampa City officials will join NNU for the tree ceremony.
“When I arrived at NNU in August 2013, I heard the Administration express that they wanted a "Tree Campus,” I was excited to hear those words and knew there was a great program to raise the awareness and effort across our campus. This would take a lot of joint effort from the NNU community,” said Jade Anderson, NNU’s facilities director.
“This program will not only raise awareness of the effort, but also help those involved in our campus understand the proper planting and care of trees to help ensure that one day our children and grandchildren will enjoy the beauty that our efforts today will bring,” Anderson said.
A college or university must meet five standards to showcase its dedication to the campus: • Form a committee to provide guidance on the benefits of trees. • Commit to a tree care plan. • Dedicate annual expenditures • Hold an Arbor Day observance. • Perform a service learning project to engage the student population about trees.
“This Campus Tree designation speaks well of Northwest Nazarene University and the city of Nampa,” Nampa Forester Earl Moran said. “This sends a message that trees are important to the environment and that we take this seriously.”
The city of Nampa will be presented with a Tree City USA designation for the 18th consecutive year at a special ceremony 10 a.m. April 29 at the Idaho State Arbor Day Celebration at the Idaho Capitol Building, weather permitting. If the weather is bad, the celebration will be held in the Capitol Rotunda.