The national Arbor Day Foundation designated Central Washington University as a Tree Campus USA for the university's efforts toward tree planting and tree care.

"Everything from the habitat they provide to the birds that we here chirping, the shade that they provide that keeps our campus cool, the windbreak that helps protect us from the Ellensburg wind," said Kathleen Klaniecki, sustainability coordinator. "They have so many benefits that we don't necessarily appreciate all that they provide for us."

CWU recently planted a new red maple south of Brooks Library with plans for 50 new trees in 2020.

"Something we look forward to doing for years to come and continue to plant trees and promote sustainability on campus," said Blair McNeillie, CWU grounds supervisor.

The university’s planned 2020 Arbor Day event in April was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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