Much of Mike Alonzo’s role as Chico State’s supervisor of Grounds and Landscape Services is to care for and maintain more than 2,700 cataloged trees across 132 acres of the University’s main campus. This month, his work and that of his team have been acknowledged nationally.
The Arbor Day Foundation honored Chico State with 2021 Tree Campus Higher Education recognition for its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the fourth consecutive year the University has been bestowed with a Tree Campus Higher Education honor.
“It keeps validating that we’re doing the right thing,” said Alonzo (Agriculture, ’07). “It shows us that we’re making the right decisions and we’re investing where we should.”
The Tree Campus Higher Education program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Chico State achieved the distinction by meeting Tree Campus Higher Education’s five standards, including maintaining a tree advisory committee and a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.