NIC named Tree Campus USA

North Idaho College has been honored with 2017 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

“NIC is known for its beautiful campus and trees are a big part of that, NIC Landscape staff members have been working diligently this past year to meet the requirements of the program,” said Bill McElver, NIC Physical Plant and Facilities manager.

North Idaho College achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project. NIC is the second campus in Idaho to receive this recognition.

“By meeting the annual standards and being recognized as a Tree Campus USA, it creates a more sustainable campus environment, improves learning and working environments and instills pride in the students, faculty and community,” McElver said.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information about the program is available at

Special thank you to Katie Kosanke, City of Coeur d’Alene Urban Forester; David Stephenson, Idaho Department of Lands Urban Interface/Planning Program Manager; and Tim Kastning and Shawn Bennett of Grace Tree Service.

Pruning Crew
Pictured are volunteers who helped prune trees on NIC’s campus recently as part of the requirements to be a Tree Campus USA institution. The volunteers and NIC employees are, from left: Merry Ruth Dingman, Dean Sutton, Christabella Fischer, Ron Gomes, Dwight McCain, Katie Kosanke Darren Nipp, Blair Nowlan, Jim Cultra, Chris Jones and Bill McElver. Not pictured are Matt Burns, Alan Wetsch, Kim Rogstad, Melissa Mohr, Janet DeVeny, Pamela Gomes and Nina Eckberg.

Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018

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