University Facilities

Campus Tree Removals

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.

Douthit Hills

Trees 30121, 30133, 30124 will be removed in the first phase of the Douthit Hills project and are specifically, related to the re-routing of a large water main.

Additionally, tree 30120 will be removed during this time because of it declining health and its increasing liability.

Cooper Library

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.

Brooks Center

A number of the willow oaks in the parking islands in the Brooks Center parking lot are exhibiting stress, crown dieback and general decline from the harsh environment and limited growing space. Eight of those trees have either significant dieback that present a moderate to high risk to vehicles and pedestrians in the area or are significantly disfigured from past attempts to remove hazardous limbs.

The eight trees with the most severe symptoms, inventory numbers 520008, 520010, 520014, 520040, 520041, 520042, 520043 and 520094, will be removed over Christmas break avoid injury to pedestrians or damage to vehicles in this very busy parking lot.

Other Removals

  • Tree 350008 - 23-inch Willow Oak will be removed in the first phase of the new ATM structure project to provide a new location with 4 ATM machines
  • Tree 030491 - 40-inch southern red oak near the National Dropout Prevention Center. This tree has significant decay on the lower trunk and buttress roots on the southeast side and has a significant lean toward Daniel Drive. This tree poses a unreasonable risk and will be removed.
  • Tree 050131 - a 24-inch white oak in McGinty Mall. Inonotus dryadeus fruiting bodies are present on the lower 18 to 24 inches of the trunk, indicating extensive trunk and root collar decay.
  • Tree 4802 - 30-inch eastern white pine on Daniel Drive near the Alumni Center. This is a very tall tree with little trunk taper and the majority of the crown is at the very top of the trunk. The trunk and crown configuration makes the tree vulnerable to trunk failure in wind and thunderstorm events.
  • Tree 250143 - 20 inch loblolly pine adjacent to the fence between the soccer field and Mell Hall parking lot. The tree has been struck by lightning and the top is beginning to die, large sections of bark are missing and damage is prevalent.