Roosevelt University’s Schaumburg campus is a certified arboretum, and we work hard to maintain accreditation. As part of our efforts, we have been labeling every tree on campus with a round numbered aluminum tag. Last Tuesday, Rebecca Quesnell, Sustainable Operations Coordinator for the university, hosted a tree tagging event with local Boy Scout troop #392, who joined us specially to assist with this enormous project. The event was organized by Sarah Tag, Environmental Sustainability Student Associate.
There are over 400 trees on campus in Schaumburg, including 13 young fruit trees that were planted earlier this year to make up our edible forest. Every one of our trees is accounted for, with a number on our Schaumburg campus landscape map. As they worked their way through the campus tagging trees, the scouts followed this map every step of the way. We expect to have one more tagging event before the temperatures drop much more. Please take a look at this beautiful work next time you’re at the Schaumburg campus!
Tree tagging is significant because it communicates the importance of trees to the local community. Trees benefit us in so many ways, and our Schaumburg campus tree community is a major part of our sustainable landscape. Trees filter air pollutants, thus enhancing and preserving air quality. They also reduce erosion and sedimentation, which helps to stabilize the soil, and provide wind breaking and shade effects, which reduces energy consumption. Additionally, trees provide nesting areas for birds and other wildlife, which help control insects, and they reduce stormwater runoff, thus replenishing groundwater supplies. Finally, trees reduce the spread of noise. These benefits are gained not just by those visiting the Schaumburg campus, but also for those living in and visiting the village of Schaumburg.
If you are interested in getting involved in tree tagging, please contact Sarah Tag, Environmental Sustainability Student Associate at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be a very proud day when each of these trees’ numbers is displayed for students, faculty, and visitors of the university to see!