Gabis Arboretum at PNW renews level III accreditation from ArbNet-

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Published on March 27, 2019 with No Comments

Sun shines through the Council Oak at Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest. The arboretum was recently recognized as Indiana’s highest level accredited arboretum by ArbNet.

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest remains one of only 26 arboretums in the world to be awarded a Level III accreditation by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. Initially granted the third highest of four accreditation levels in 2014, the arboretum was awarded a five-year renewal at Level III and remains the highest accredited Indiana arboretum.

“We are honored our Level III accreditation was renewed by the ArbNet program”, said Stephanie Blackstock, executive director of Gabis Arboretum. “This status recognizes our dedication to the environment and will provide expanded opportunities to engage in scientific research and partnerships.”

Defining characteristics of this accreditation level are maintaining a minimum of 500 species, varieties or cultivars of trees or woody plants; a dedicated curator; an active agenda promoting the science of trees, planting or conservation; and a substantial education program.

Gabis Arboretum encompasses one of the most diverse collections of oak species in the nation and has created a safe haven for many rare plant and animal species through its restoration of the northwest Indiana landscape.

Other Indiana arboretums with Level II accreditations are Ball State University in Muncie, Purdue Arboretum in West Lafayette, and William Halbrooks Arboretum at Oak Hill Cemetery in Evansville.

ArbNet created its Arboretum Accreditation Program to establish and share a widely recognized set of industry standards for the purpose of unifying the arboretum community. No other international program of accreditation exists that is specific to arboreta. Four levels of accreditation are awarded to arboreta based on varying degrees of development, capacity and professionalism. For more information, visit arbnet.org.

Gabis Arboretum is a 300-acre, oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands, prairies and hiking.

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