Certified: Rhodes Is Once Again a Level IV Arboretum
Publication Date: 11/14/2011
Rhodes College has received notification from the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC) that it is now a Level IV Certified Arboretum, the highest designation for certification.
TUFC coordinates the Arboretum Certification Program throughout the State of Tennessee and defines minimum standards for the public educational purposes of an arboretum and confirms that these standards are met. Arboretum levels are assigned in accordance with the number of species of trees and the educational outreach performed by the organization responsible.
Rhodes was first certified as a Level IV Arboretum in 1956 and again in 1995. The most recent effort to renew Rhodes Arboretum certification started in 2009 and was led by Rhodes Biology Professor Rosanna Cappellato. Dr. Cappellato, along with students, faculty and staff, have identified and tagged 123 different species of trees on the campus and produced an accompanying brochure for a self-guided tour. In recent years, Rhodes has planted hundreds of new trees and added many new species to ensure its arboretum status.
The Rhodes College Arboretum will be used not only by students and faculty as a tool for scientific study and education, but also, as Dr. Cappellato points out, by the larger community, particularly from the elementary schools around Rhodes whose students have been visiting the campus for years to collect and identify leaves.
Long recognized as one of the most beautiful college campuses in America by virtue of its inspiring collegiate gothic architecture and magnificent grounds, Rhodes newly recertified arboretum demonstrates the college’s continuing commitment to that legacy, according to Allen Boone, Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs.
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