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Outreach Activities 

Members of the Bloomington Urban Forestry Research Group are involved in many ongoing outreach activities. Some of these activities are highlighted below.

Tree Campus USA and Campus Tree PlantingsTree Campus USA Standards

Throughout Burney Fischer’s time at Indiana University, Burney and individuals involved directly with BUFRG or through Burney’s Urban Forest Management course have participated in numerous tree planting events on the Indiana University Campus. They have also contributed to IU becoming a “Tree Campus USA.” Tree Campus USA is a designation by the Arbor Day Foundation, given to colleges and universities that meet the 5 standards specified by Arbor Day Foundation (see box on the right). More information on the Arbor Day’s Tree Campus USA program can be found at their website.

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

Fischer, B.C. Growing Partnerships through Tree Campus USA. Partners in Community Forestry National Conference, November 14-15, 2012, Sacramento, CA. (Presentation)

Mincey, S.K., L. Ahern, B.C. Fischer, & M. Widhelm. 2010. Planning sustainable urban forests for college campuses. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education 2010 Annual Conference, October 10-12, 2010, Denver, CO. (Presentation and Conference Proceedings)


  • Tree Campus USA announcements:
    • IU News Room press release: “Indiana University Bloomington named Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation,” January 27, 2009.
  • Tree planting events press releases from IU News Room:

Indiana University-Bloomington: The Woodland CampusWoodland Campus

The Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) campus is often called “The Woodland Campus.” The name originally dates to the late Paul Weatherwax, an IU alumnus, faculty member, and botanist, who authored the original “Woodland Campus” publication highlighting the natural beauty of the trees and forests of the IUB campus. However, the dedication to natural beauty at IUB dates all the way back to the selection of the current location of the university by the Board of Trustees in 1884. Since it’s inception, trees have been an important and appreciated part of the Indiana University campus experience. Former President and Chancellor Herman B. Wells is probably most responsible for making the IUB campus woodlands a focal part of the campus that endures. 

For more information on “The Woodland Campus,” see the brochure below, written by Burney Fischer and Sarah Mincey, which also includes information on how to take a self-guided tour of some of the campus’ most beautiful and important trees.

Funding and Support (See full grant information on our Funding page)

  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Urban Forest Conservation Fund Grant (PIs: Fischer and Mincey; 2008-2009: $4,410)


Mincey, S.K. and B.C. Fischer. 2009. The Woodland Campus: A Historic Walking Tour of Indiana University-Bloomington. IUB School of Public and Environmental Affairs publication (1st edition), 20 pp.

City of Bloomington Urban Forestry Program Support

 Members of the BUFRG team have supported the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department Urban Forestry Program through not only conducting inventories for the City (see City of Bloomington Inventories page), but also through writing grants to help the City obtain funding for the planting of trees and management of the urban forest. Most recently, in the winter of 2014, former BUFRG student, Rachael Bergmann, worked with the Urban Forestry Program to write grants to plant trees and improve urban forest health in Bloomington. Through the award of two grants (see Funding and Support below), the city was awarded a total of $17,425.00 from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and ALCOA Foundation, which will result in 185 street tree plantings, 100 of which will replace ash trees removed due to Emerald Ash Borer. Past CIPEC students Matt Patterson and Nick Myers have previously supported the City with writing grants amounting to $10,355 in awarded funds.

Conference Proceedings

Mincey, S.K. and B.C. Fischer. 2008. Bloomington, Indiana and Indiana’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs: Partnering for the Urban Forest. International Society of Arboriculture Annual Conference & Trade Show, July 25-28, 2008, St. Louis, MO. (Poster and Conference Proceedings)