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This document describes the University of Arizona Campus Arboretum, defines its mission, and briefly states the principles that will guide our intents through the years of full development.
Webster defines an arboretum as “a space for the scientific study and public display of various species of trees and shrubs”. The University of Arizona campus has over 400 different tree species from around the world, and a comparable number of shrubs. The 125-year-old collection is valuable for its breadth, its age and the rarity of dozens of individual species. The grounds are used for instruction, research and outreach.
The University of Arizona Arboretum comprises all space on which the University has developed facilities: the Main Campus from Euclid to Campbell Avenue and from Sixth Street north, across Speedway, to the space surrounding the University Medical Center. All plantings adjoining UA buildings or defining University open space, in Pima County, Arizona, may be considered as a part of the University of Arizona Arboretum.
The UA Campus Arboretum is a living laboratory promoting stewardship and conservation of urban trees through research, education and outreach.
The University of Arizona Campus Arboretum is administered by a Director. This position is housed (temporarily) within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. (It is anticipated that the office would be an inter-unit collaboration, possibly including Campus and Facilities Planning, Facilities Maintenance, or under Vice President for Business Affairs.)
The Director will, at a minimum, require assistance of a half-time office staff person, one full time Grounds person, one volunteer coordinator, and undergraduate/graduate student help. The Director is currently assisted by these groups:
Campus Steering Committee - made up of faculty and staff from several academic and service units. Members provide on-site expertise, support ongoing landscape efforts, represent the interests of the Arboretum on campus, and work to use University resources to implement the goals defined by the Mission Statement.
Advisory Board - composed of alumni, Tucson citizens, and other interested parties. These off-campus individuals provide assistance with long range planning, project design and implementation, public relations, advocacy, and financial support.
*The Concept Statement was developed by University of Arizona Campus Arboretum Committee with assistance from University of Arizona Campus Arboretum Advisory Board
August, 2001with revisions in 2010 and 2011.
The following Principles guide the Intent and Objectives of the University of Arizona Campus Arboretum.
The University of Arizona is first, and foremost, an EDUCATIONAL institution.
Preserving University of Arizona HERITAGE honors the founding educators and their vision.
STEWARDSHIP of campus trees adds to the University’s national reputation.
The campus landscape AESTHETIC attracts new students, engenders alumni loyalty and rewards the University’s campus community.
Developing regional and global SUSTAINABILITY standards supports the reputation of the University of Arizona as a leader in environmental stewardship by defining and modeling sustainable landscapes.
The grounds of The University of Arizona can be a valuable asset in COMMUNITY RELATIONS / OUTREACH efforts.
COLLABORATION is a method for success.
reviewed August 2005 – still very good and applicable.
given to new Advisory Board members, Spring 2006 and again January 2008.
Minor edits, August 2010.
Mission statement revised 2011.