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Tree Campus in Higher Education

The Moscow campus is proud to be a certified Tree Campus in Higher Education. This certification recognizes our dedication to fostering community forests and caring for our core campus trees through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus in Higher Education program.

This program elevates campuses that establish a Tree Care Advisory Committee, draft a Campus Tree Care Plan and host service-learning opportunities that connect the community with tree and forest stewardship activities.

Eleanor Roosevelt plants a Douglas Fir in the Presidential Grove, 1938
Eleanor Roosevelt plants a Douglas Fir in the Presidential Grove, 1938.


Get involved with the Student Sustainability Cooperative to help restore the roots of the Palouse.

  • Celine Acord, AES Project Landscape Architect
  • Randy Brooks, Ph.D., Forestry Program Lead, Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences
  • Craig Carson, Campus Landscape Manager
  • Mark Coleman, Ph.D., Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences faculty
  • Sarah Dawson, Ph.D., University Sustainability Director (chair)
  • Madison Dougherty, Environmental Science graduate student
  • Lucy Falcy
  • Charles Goebel, Ph.D., Department Head of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences
  • Cydnie Gray, Graphic Designer
  • Grant Harley, Ph.D., Earth and Spatial Sciences faculty
  • Tara Hudiburg, Ph.D., Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences faculty
  • Andrew Nelson, Ph.D., Director of Franklin H. Pitkin Forest Nursery
  • Ray Pankopft, Director of Architectural and Engineering Services
  • Greg Sarff, Arborist, Arborlife
  • Steve Shook, Ph.D., Forest and Sustainable Products faculty
  • Paul Warnick, Arboretum Super/Horticulturist
  • Olivia Wiebe, Sustainability Manager (co-chair)

For more information, contact

Arbor Day Observance Spotlight

In 2023, the Student Sustainability Cooperative, the Housing Office and the Palouse Clearwater Environmental institute partnered together to plant 800 native trees throughout the Palouse. Over 60 Vandals spent the day planting various native species of willow and dogwood to help stabilize creek banks and restore critically endangered riparian zones. Students learned how to identify planting spots, plant saplings, and install protective tubing to ensure the trees survived. Volunteers also learned about the importance of Palouse Prairie restoration and how they can help through practicing environmental stewardship.

Volunteers plant saplings

via Office of the President

Physical Address:
851 Campus Dr.
Moscow, ID 83844-3151

Phone: 208-310-5985


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