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.

Current Removals

Below you can find the latest tree removal updates.  Click on the hyperlink for the tree locations.

  • Tree 5779 - a 38-inch sugar maple adjacent to the parking area of the National Dropout Prevention Center. Wood decay has spread throughout the trunk and co-dominant stems, which are separating despite the cable and brace.
  • Tree 050324 - a 36-inch white oak along Cherry Road near the greenhouses. Four areas around the root collar have fruiting bodies of Ganoderma, indicating root and/or basal trunk decay. The crown is poorly developed and discolored, likely from crowding from adjacent white oaks and the Ganoderma decay.
  • Tree 050318 - a 60-inch water oak between the Life Sciences building and the greenhouses. Large, heading cuts in the crown, necessitated by past storm damage, have sprout growth and are undoubtedly developing wood decay. The tree has squirrel damage, Ganoderma fruiting bodies on buttress and lateral roots and is in generally poor health and poses an unacceptable risk to pedestrians.
  • Tree 520028 - a 22-inch willow oak in the Brooks Center Parking lot. This tree has extensive wood decay with many fruiting bodies on the mid to upper trunk area.
  • 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.
  • Trees 070620, 070311 - two small 5 inch and 9 inch American Hollies located behind Sirrine Hall that need to be removed to accommodate underground utilities to improve electrical services in this area.
  • Trees 020374, 020373, 020283 - small dog woods in the 4 to 5 inch range located behind Vickery Hall that needs to be removed to accomodate underground utilities to improve electrical services in this area.
  • Tree 010568 - 12 inch Ilex that is located just west of the post office. Core construction has caused Union Dr. to become a two way road. This tree is now obstructing pedestrian and vehicular traffic creating a safety concern and needs to be removed.
  • 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.