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.
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A very large ash tree in the southwest quadrant of the Jervey Meadows and Track Drive intersection must be removed due to safety concerns. The lower trunk of the tree is completely hollow, has two openings opposite of each other, and only a thin shell of solid wood around the remainder of the circumference. Due to its location in a high traffic area and deteriorated condition, this tree is being removed.
In consultation with the Paul Minerva, Campus Arborist, Don Ham, Emeritus Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources, and Mike Echols, Supervisor of Athletic Grounds & Fields, 7 large pine trees need to be removed as part of the Riggs Soccer Field Turf Renovation Project. The 7 loblolly pines have grown to a height where they negatively impact the health of the hybrid Bermuda playing surface due to excessive shading. This impact will only worsen as the trees continue to grow. In addition, a shallow sewer junction box and associated sewer line must be relocated within the root zone of the pine trees making them more susceptible to pine beetle infestation and death. Although currently healthy, due to their location and increasing height, these pines also pose a safety risk to pedestrians during wind storms.
Tree 100052 is a 47” willow oak located at the old print shop on the corner of Old Greenville Highway (Hwy 93) and Perimeter Rd. The tree has advanced decay in its main stem and will be removed as part of the demolition of the old print shop to make room for the new Advanced Technology Education Center (ATEC). Tree removal is expected to occur sometime late spring / early summer.
32 small trees of various sizes such as Hollies, Crape Myrtles, Dogwoods, Elms and Maples and larger Willow Oaks must be removed to accommodate the construction and renovation of the Little John Coliseum. The excavation for the foundation of the building and associated utilities will necessitate these tree removals.
17 smaller Chinese Evergreen Oaks and 9 very small Indian Hawthorns will be removed as an opportunity is presented to replace this poor condition plant material. The Chinese Evergreen Oaks have been disfigured and damaged by squirrel gnawing. They will be replaced with a new selection of trees that is better suited for the site. Replacing this poor condition plant material at this time will enhance the improvements being made to the coliseum.
A new planting plan will be presented later in the project.
In consultation with the University Arborist, Land Planning Associates (Engineer of Record), and the University Landscape Architect, 13 trees must be removed as part of the modifications to the Hardin/Brackett pedestrian pathways and door entries to make them ADA compliant. One tree, a 28” Cedar, will be removed and retained for use in wood working. The new design addresses ADA accessibility and integrates the area with the Campus Green. Trees to remain will be protected as prescribed by the University Arborist. Many new trees will planted as part of the project. The project is planned to start in mid-May.
In consultation with Paul Minerva, Campus Arborist, Land Planning Associates (Engineer of Record), and Barrett Anderson, University Landscape Architect, 9 trees will need to be removed for implementation of the Cooper Paver North Renovation Project. The new design will address subsurface problems and update the south side to match the remainder of the building. Trees adjacent to the construction area will be protected as prescribed by the University Arborist. All cherry trees removed will be replaced in kind based on a new design by Land Planning Associates in consultation with Barrett Anderson, University Landscape Architect.