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The more than 8,000 trees in the University of Maryland
arboretum create an ideal outdoor laboratory for learning. Students can benefit
from internships with professional campus planning and landscape management
staff and conduct research alongside world-class faculty members.
The Arboretum Collection
New plantings are made with a focus on University of Maryland sustainability
goals as well as diversity of the collection for teaching purposes. This
representative selection of labeled species may be used to begin to learn about
our campus tree resources and promote a better awareness and understanding of
the role trees play in improving our environment.
What is an Urban Forest?
The trees and plants within urban communities are essential components of
urban forests, but so are residents. The interaction of people and nature is the
essence of urban forests. The University of Maryland campus is a special urban
forest, since research and education are primary roles of both universities and
arboreta. Trees in these forests face challenges caused by pollution, excessive
heat, soil compaction and water stress, and the campus' trees are no exception.
Systematic monitoring using advanced technology along with best management
practices keeps our campus trees healthy. In return, well-maintained trees help
improve the urban environment through shade and cooling effects, pollutant
capture, carbon storage and reducing storm water impact.