The natural beauty of the North Central College campus serves as a source of pride for alumni and as a factor in enrollment decisions for students. Environmental studies major Anna Halverson ’20 chose North Central over other schools because of the tree-filled campus. Now she’s helping to manage and diversify the campus forest of 97 tree species.
Halverson parlayed her passion for trees and environmental studies into helping the College gain recognition through Tree Campus USA and level one Arboretum accreditation. “These accolades recognize the College’s commitment to the forest on campus,” said Brittany Drummond, director of sustainability. “Anna has pushed us to do more.”
Applying for these important accolades has inspired her research on the campus forest. Halverson makes commendations for species and their locations, which go before the College’s tree committee. “We’re focusing on biodiversity, native plantings and longevity during climate change,” she explained. Halverson has been researching varieties of oaks that will be purchased with a generous gift from Madeline Jansje ’74 Hatch.
Hatch had noticed the removal of the spruce trees on Fort Hill and sent her memories about their planting. Next spring, Fort Hill will be graced with a Cobblestone Oak; other areas of campus will gain a Scarlet Letter Oak, Crimsonspire Oak and Streetspire Oak—all with the help of Hatch’s financial contribution and Halverson’s careful research and stewardship.