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Tree walk


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.





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