Randy Haffling, Moravian College’s campus landscape manager, hosted all seventh-grade science students yesterday on their South Campus. Each year, in what has become a tradition, he shares the college’s tree inventory project with the students, which coordinates with the seventh-grade science unit on trees and ecology.
Moravian College’s tree inventory serves as a master catalog of over 1200 trees on their campus. Each tree has been tagged with an identification number and included on an electronic map allowing community members to view its location. Through a partnership with Bartlett Tree Experts, each tree is cataloged by type, age, common name, genus, species, diameter, and height, as well as an assessment of the health of each tree. Community members can also learn more of the stories behind dedicated Memorial Trees and historical Heritage Trees.
Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging the campus in the spirit of conservation. Moravian College has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA since 2015 for meeting five core standards for sustainable campus forestry including the establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance, and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects. Much of this was accomplished through the continued efforts of the tree inventory project. https://www.moravian.edu/sustainability/tree-inventory