Sacramento State, with its 3,500 trees now turning orange, red and yellow, has earned the title of "Tree Campus USA."
The designation will be bestowed on the campus today in a ceremony by the Arbor Day Foundation.
Sacramento State's urban forest of zelkova, oaks, cottonwoods and other trees provide shade in the quad area and picnic tables along the river. They also cool cars in the parking lots.
A university press release said most of the trees were planted in the 1950s.
To earn the foundation's Tree Campus USA designation, a campus must establish a tree-advisory committee and tree-care plan, dedicate a percentage of annual expenditures to the campus tree program, observe Arbor Day and involve students in service-learning projects.
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