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The Fort Lewis College herbarium is a research collection of plant and fungal specimens totaling over 15,000. This collection is fully databased and available on-line and is the largest such collection in western Colorado. It contains the most comprehensive information on native plant and fungal species occurrences in our area.

Preservation of green space around campus

Mountain views and wild vegetation are precious to the campus community and as habitat for Colorado wildlife. The Fort Lewis College Master Plan explicitly identifies open spaces around campus as special areas to be protected from development.

Tree Campus

Fort Lewis College is recognized as a Tree Campus under the Arbor Day Foundation’s “Tree Campus USA” program. This program awards colleges and universities for their commitment to sustainable tree care and urban and community forestry. Trees serve to beautify our environment, provide wildlife habitat, conserve energy, and help address larger environmental issues. As part of this program, Fort Lewis has removed non-native invasive trees, focused on the planting of trees suitable to our environment, and trained staff in proper tree care technique. The program also oversees the Class Tree Project where each year the incoming class plants a tree on campus as part of new student orientation and has encouraged the use of our campus trees in classroom instruction.