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 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. Trees requiring removal because of new building construction or utilities work may also be listed below along with an explanation of the reasons for removal. Trees that must be removed due to construction are evaluated for transplant elsewhere on campus and/or recycled as mulch for use on campus. It is university practice to plant two trees for every tree removed.
Below you can find the latest tree removal updates. Click on the hyperlink for the tree locations.
After consultation with Campus Arborist Paul Minerva, Garvin Design Group (Architect of Record), and Barrett Anderson, 3 trees will need to be removed for implementation of the Jervey Covered South Side Exterior Entrance Project. The new design will address ADA accessibility and provide logistics for the new “Lobby” area currently being implemented. Trees adjacent to the construction area will be protected as prescribed by the University Arborist. Trees will be replaced based on a new design by Garvin Design Group in consultation with Barrett Anderson, Campus Landscape Architect.
The bald cypress trees on the sides of Cooper Library are in very poor condition and have been since they were installed in the summer of 2012. For various reasons they have been declining since installation and will not develop into the type of vigorous specimens that we expect for the campus trees. Some of these trees have been replaced due to decline and utility conflicts. More need to be replaced due to decline and mite and scale infestation because they are so stressed. For the sake of uniformity and having a tree that will thrive in this very focal planting location all the ball cypress will be removed and replaced with a more appropriate species.
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