The campus landscape is one of
the University of Maine's most important assets. From its natural
beauty, we draw inspiration. Such a living laboratory provides a
learning and research environment for students and other members of the
university community, as well as the public. As part of UMaine's
identity, the horticultural landscape ties parts of the campus together.
It also links campus past and present, carrying forward echoes of
UMaine's proud land-grant heritage and its roots in campus planning by
Frederick Olmsted. The campus landscape reaffirms that, indeed, we're in
a great place.
Two recent initiatives in our community are enhancing this natural
resource. UMaine's Campus Arboretum and Beautification Committee is
developing plans to manage our entire landscape as an arboretum. This
exceptional group, led by Professor of Plant Systematics Christopher
Campbell, has a vision for enriching the plant diversity and
sustainability of UMaine's gardens and green spaces as part of the
campus master plan. A goal is to create and enhance outdoor areas for
the enjoyment of constituents on and off campus, further raising
awareness of the intrinsic value of such a living laboratory.
The committee's work meshes with a concurrent effort, the UMaine Campus
Heritage Project. Funded by a prestigious Getty Grant, this initiative
incorporates into campus planning historic preservation efforts and
research related to landscape design. The project, directed by Associate
Professor of History Martha McNamara, also involves an educational
component featuring a lecture series and on-campus displays related to
this university's rich history. Through these efforts, UMaine will
become a modern-day reflection of the important planning that went into
creating and developing the campus.
I believe these efforts to focus attention on the landscape and on
preserving our links to the past will serve the university and Maine
well. UMaine's inherent beauty will become an even more valuable
resource for students, employees and visitors.
I hope you will have the opportunity to visit our campus this summer, to
enjoy the landscape as it exists and to consider for yourself how it
will grow as a statewide treasure in the future.
UMaine Today Magazine
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