IRVINE — UC Irvine joined the likes of UC Davis and UC San Diego in being anointed Friday as a tree-friendly campus.
To celebrate UCI's distinction of being named as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, nearly 100 students helped plant 23 new species in Aldrich Park.
To date since the fall of 2008, 74 colleges and universities across the country have received the distinction. UCI counts 24,000 trees on campus, nearly a quarter of them inside the park alone.
In all, there are 53 species, including the peppermint tree, the desert museum palo verde, the African tulip tree, the California bay laurel, the Mexican cypress, sweetshade, Catalina ironwood, Englemann oak and the tecate cypress.
Chancellor Michael Drake was on hand to thank the students who volunteered their time and green thumbs. He urged them to leave as little an imprint in their daily lives as possible, encouraging them to try and "live lightly on the land."