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Blackfeet Community College honored with Tree Campus USA recognition

BROWNING, Mont. – Blackfeet Community College has been named a “Tree Campus USA” school by the National Arbor Day Foundation, in recognition of its commitment to urban forestry activities, according to the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC).

“Blackfeet Community College is honored to be the first tribal college selected as a Tree Campus USA,” said Dr. Billie Jo Kipp, Blackfeet Community College President. “This initiative will bring needed trees to the campus, the community, and to individuals. To be an integral partner with the Blackfeet Tribe, DNRC, Arbor Day Foundation, and the US Forest Service speaks to the importance of a green campus and a green environment.”

 “Blackfeet Community College is the first tribal college in the nation to achieve this status,” said Jamie Kirby, DNRC Urban & Community Forestry Program Coordinator. “The college has done a lot of work to achieve this recognition and there’s real excitement around the campus.”

Roberta Arnoux, Tribal Urban Forestry Assistant with DNRC and member of the Blackfeet, said the school achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, developing a campus tree care plan, dedicating annual expenditures to its tree program, and hosting an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.

Dr. Kipp said the college is planning a large celebration of Arbor Day on the campus this June 15, 2016. Leadership and staff from DNRC and the National Arbor Day Foundation will be on hand to join Blackfeet Community College students, faculty, and residents of Browning in events that include tree plantings, a traditional bison feed, drummers, and dancing.

DNRC’s Urban & Community Forestry Program has made it a priority to reach out to tribal colleges around the state, said Kirby.

“Our goal is to become a resource for tribal colleges and communities wishing to develop urban forestry programs”, said Arnoux. “At the same time, Indigenous Nations can be the resource on the historical and cultural importance of trees.”

To learn more about DNRC’s Urban and Community Forestry program, visit the DNRC Website at