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Alone among the Trees: The quest for recognition and support in small University Arboreta: 

Alone among the Trees: The quest for recognition and support in small University Arboreta Martin F. Quigley, MLA, Ph.D. Kurtz Professor of Botany; Director, Alter Arboretum University of Denver Nicole Cavender , Ph.D. Vice President of Science and Conservation The Morton Arboretum

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Define your arboretum within the hierarchy of the college/university Defining the physical and non-tangible boundaries Establishing the “stake-holders”

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Searching for the mission: Landscape value? Is the arboretum no more than a backdrop for the buildings, and a statement of aesthetic competence for visitors? Sustainability: are we leading the way? Is your arboretum appropriate for your region and abiotic conditions (climate/weather) Native species vs introduced?

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Academic value, if any ? Teaching: specific courses? Research: who and how ? Outreach: extension, volunteers, Master Gardeners), community and schools?

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Personnel Director? Staff? Faculty? Who is in charge of decisions? Board of Friends/Donors/Advisors

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Administration: Academic unit: Horticulture, Biology/Ecology, Forestry Grounds/Maintenance/Facilities? Independent unit ? Financial status: 403C? Endowment? Entry charge, or membership/dues?

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Master Plan or mission statement Policies ( eg collections) Publicity: web page, social media, events, academic use Community value Aboreta : We speak for the trees

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ArbNet The Arboretum Accreditation Program Sue Paist , ArbNet Coordinator Nicole Cavender , Vice President of Science and Conservation April 8, 2013

A Professional Network for Tree-Focused Public Gardens: 

A Professional Network for Tree-Focused Public Gardens ArbNet.org is a free, interactive community that supports professional exchange and collaboration. Through ArbNet , participants can: Access arboretum-focused news, advice, and resources Share events and news on the calendar for broader exposure ArbNet

A Professional Network for Tree-Focused Public Gardens: 

A Professional Network for Tree-Focused Public Gardens Identify other arboreta to collaborate with in scientific, collections, and conservation activities . Work collectively as part of a broad network to help advance the planting and conservation of trees . Earn recognition as an official arboretum and increase professional standards under the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program

A Professional Network for Tree-Focused Public Gardens: 

A Professional Network for Tree-Focused Public Gardens Identify other arboreta to collaborate with in scientific, collections, and conservation activities . Work collectively as part of a broad network to help advance the planting and conservation of trees . Earn recognition as an official arboretum and increase professional standards under the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program

Get Involved & Lead the Way: 

Get Involved & Lead the Way The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is designed to: Foster the professionalism of arboreta worldwide Enable collaboration in scientific, collections, or conservation activity Advance the planting, study, and conservation of trees ArbNet

Accredited arboreta: 

Accredited arboreta ArbNet Mountain Top Arboretum Tannersville, New York 23 acres, 2,400 ft. elevation

Accreditation Program Benefits: 

Accreditation Program Benefits Become recognized as an official arboretum and for achievement of specified levels of professional practice Once accredited, work toward higher levels of professional standards and accreditation. Identify other organizations at similar or higher levels or accreditation to provide comparative benchmarks and models for further achievement. ArbNet

Accreditation Program Benefits: 

Accreditation Program Benefits ArbNet Earn distinction in your community, university, college, or government agency . Exert leadership and influence by serving as a model to encourage professional development in newer or smaller organizations . Identify opportunities for collaboration with other arboreta capable of certain scientific, collections, or conservation activities.

Accredited arboreta: 

Accredited arboreta ArbNet Greensboro Arboretum, Greensboro, North Carolina 17 acres Cornell Plantations, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 150 acres Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University Harrisonburg, Virginia

How to Become Accredited: 

How to Become Accredited The free, online application is relatively simple to complete The accreditation decision is made within 2-4 weeks Decision is based on self-assessment and documentation of your arboretum’s level of achievement of accreditation standards. Site visit reviews by members of the ArbNet community may be added in the future ArbNet

Accredited arboreta: 

Accredited arboreta ArbNet St. Mary’s College of Maryland Arboretum St. Mary’s City, Maryland Haywood Community College Arboretum Clyde, North Carolina

Accredited arboreta: With Scientific Research & Conservation : 

Accredited arboreta: With Scientific Research & Conservation ArbNet Dawes Arboretum, Newark, Ohio 1800 acres, with 250 acres of collections

Accredited arboreta: 

Accredited arboreta ArbNet Arboretum at Penn State University Park, Pennsylvania

Accredited arboreta: 

Accredited arboreta ArbNet Boone County Arboretum Union, Kentucky

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