The Landscape Services Arboricultural Staff assesses the health and structural integrity of the campus trees on a continuing basis. Additionally, Dr. Don Ham, Emeritus Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources, is consulted in these situations where analysis or treatment options are particularly critical. Tree removal recommendations are only made following an in-depth evaluation process and assessment of alternatives to removal. All trees slated for removal are identified to the campus community along with a description of the reasons for removal. Trees currently scheduled for removal are listed below. It is university practice to plant two trees for every tree removed on campus.
Tree 3420 is a Darlington oak located in front of Redfern. The tree has two major stems with multiple openings and decay. Pruning cuts required would necessarily be large and predispose those stems to further decay. With street, sidewalk and bus stop below these stems the tree needs to be removed.
Tree 1208 is a large pecan located in the pecan grove. This is a multi-leader tree that has lost at least three large leaders during past storms. Extensive decay is present in the lower and mid-section of the largest stem. Remove this tree.
Tree 1217 is a 24-inch water oak located in the pecan grove near a parking area. The trunk has extensive wood decay with numerous exterior fungal fruiting bodies from near ground line up to 8 – 10 feet. Remove the tree.
Tree 1302 is paper mulberry located in the pecan grove. The tree branches into multiple leaders several feet aboveground. The primary trunk has extensive wood decay and has already physically separated. Remove this tree.
Trees 1305 consist of two distinct groups of hackberry located in the pecan grove. One leader of a three-leader grouping has already failed and the other two leaders have cavities at the base and elsewhere on the stems. The remaining stems have similar basal and trunk decay problems. Remove these trees.
Tree 1421 is a black/sugar maple between the President’s home and Cherry Road. The tree has extensive top dieback, trunk decay and squirrel damage. The tree has been in decline for years and must finally be removed.
Tree 2665 is a 30-inch dbh post oak along the drive in Woodland Cemetery. The tree has a large, open trunk cavity about ten feet above the ground. The open cavity coupled with the minimal solid wood around it, as indicated by Resistograph probes, make this tree a risk for failure. Remove this tree.
Tree 3464 is a sugar maple in the parking lot next to Biosystems Research. Fruiting bodies are present at the base of the tree and Resistograph probes indicated extensive internal decay at ground level. Remove this tree.
Tree 5566 is a 22-inch sugar maple on the northern edge of Douthit Hills. The trunk has extensive, advanced decay from the base up to the lowest limbs. The crown has wide-spread branch dieback and is dying. Remove this tree.
Tree 5908 is a 29-inch sugar maple very near tree 5566. It has the same decay and crown dieback problems and will pose a serious risk in the near future. Remove this tree.
Tree 5904 is a 42-inch southern red oak in Douthit Hills that is almost completely dead. There is a private home nearby and the tree could strike this home upon failure. Remove this tree.
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