The University of West Alabama has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.
UWA hosted a celebration of that Tuesday at Lake LU.
The university says it was chosen because of
its commitment to effective community forestry management.
In Alabama, UWA, Jacksonville State University and Auburn University have received the Tree Campus USA designation.
"Being where we are out in the rural community, it's a big deal because a lot of people choose this campus for the actual beauty of the surroundings," said Stephen Liverman, coordinator of projects and policy for the Center for the Study of the Black Belt. "Our prairies. Our lakes. Our patches of woods. And it's sort of a recognition of celebrating who we are."
"We all know we have a beautiful campus and we're very very pleased with the trees, the clusters of trees, that we have on the campus," said UWA president, Dr. Richard Holland. "And I'm just so proud that the young people today who are interested in maintaining this, and we have a very young dynamic group, a committee that's working with this. And we just appreciate what they've done and thank the National Arbor Foundation for this recognition."
Wednesday, Lake LU is the site for the Earth Week Bass Scramble. Cash prizes will be presented to both male and female students who catch the largest bass.