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.

Hardin/Brackett Pedestrian Pathways

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.

Cooper Paver North Renovation

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.

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.

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 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.