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Tree Care Advisory Committee Updates - Sustainability at Wake Forest

Sustainability at Wake Forest

Tree Care Advisory Committee Updates

Tree Care Advisory Committee Updates

Campus officials developed and adopted a Tree Care Plan in 2011. The Campus Tree Advisory Committee is a formal standing committee that implements the tree care plan.

The Committee advises the university on proposed modifications to campus open space and landscaping to insure high aesthetic and functional quality; develops and maintains a list of satisfactory and desired species of trees; encourages the use of an appropriate variety of plant materials in new plantings; and makes recommendations on landscape renovations and maintenance.

Significant updates from the committee are posted on this page.

Interested individuals can view a complete list of campus tree removals and corresponding justification.

Campus Tree Update: Willow Oak Removal

July 21st, 2017

Tree Removal at Graylyn and NCA#5

July 7th, 2017

An oak tree at the Graylyn International Conference Center will be removed on July 7-8. After standing for over 100 years, the structural integrity of the tree warrants removal.

As a result, the Coliseum Drive entrance to Graylyn will be closed on both dates to allow for the removal. Visitors are reminded to be cautious and obey traffic directions. During the removal, the main entrance to Graylyn on Reynolda Road will remain open.

Additionally, a red oak tree with internal decay near North Campus Apartment #5 will be removed as soon as possible. Paired with internal decay, the tree is also causing structural damage to the retaining wall and walks, as shown in the photos below.

For an up-to-date list of tree removals and justifications, click here.

Tree Removed at SFAC

June 13th, 2017

On Monday, June 12, a Willow Oak was removed at the west entrance of the Scales Fine Arts Center after being in decline year many years. Another Willow Oak will be planted in its place.

For up-to-date news on campus tree removals, interested individuals can view a list of all tree removals and justifications on the Office of Sustainability’s website.

Decaying Willow Oak Removed from Lot P

June 8th, 2017

A new tree will not be replanted at this site. Instead, Landscape Services is considering a redesign to better accommodate foot traffic between Farrell Hall, Lot P, and Hearn Plaza.

A second declining Willow Oak in Lot P will also be removed in the month of June. Another Willow Oak will be planted in its place.

For an up-to-date list of campus tree removals, interested individuals can view a list of all campus tree removals and justifications.

How Valuable are Trees to You?

March 10th, 2017

Celebrate Arbor Day and Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year for Trees, at the Reynolda Village trailhead on March 24 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The event kicks off with a tree planting ceremony. Following the ceremony, volunteers will pull up their boots and roll down their sleeves to beautify the woods and creek head surrounding the Reynolda Village trail. Afterwards, all participants will enjoy a cookout featuring grass-fed beef burgers (vegetarian options also included). Register to participate and receive an Earth Week t-shirt and a chance to win prizes for group participation. Other Earth Week events can be found here.

Have you spotted our bright yellow tree tags around campus? Share your photos with us using #CelebrateEarth on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Update 9/2/16

September 2nd, 2016

Two trees along the path to Reynolda Village have been undermined by the creek and storm water.  Both trees present a safety risk as they are leaning over the walking path.

Two poplar trees scheduled for removal.

Two trees scheduled for removal along the path to Reynolda Village.

Update 3/10/16

March 10th, 2016

Two Poplar trees will be removed due to a sight line obstruction at the drive to the Arnold Palmer Golf Complex. The removal will take place as early as the afternoon of Thursday, March 10, 2016. Additionally, the McCreary Field House construction site excavation has damaged the root systems of six Virginia Pines, causing them to be a risk to the OS1 building. For removal dates, please contact Wendy Wooten at (336) 758-5689.

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Two Poplar Trees

 

Six Virginia Pine Trees

Six Virginia Pine Trees

Update: 12/15/15

December 15th, 2015

During the week of December 21st, a large Red Oak that has died will be removed along Wake Forest Road. The tree is located between the Reynolda Road entrance and the entrance to Byrum Welcome Center. The use of a crane will be required; this may disrupt traffic flow.

 

Update: 12/03/15

December 3rd, 2015

FullSizeRender (1) (1)A portion of the shrubs at the Northwest corner of the practice football fields will be removed on December 3rd. The removal includes Sasanqua Camellias and Burning Bushes. The removal is necessary to facilitate utility work at the site on December 7th.

A full renovation of the practice football fields will require the removal of the current landscaping adjacent to the full length of the current fields. The remainder of the landscaping, including the ‘Nellie Stevens’ Hollies along Wingate Road, will be removed in January 2016.

Following the renovation of the fields, a 5-foot sidewalk will be constructed along the east side of Wingate Road to increase pedestrian flow. A four to five-foot landscaped area will separate the sidewalk from an eight-foot tall ornamental metal fence.

For information regarding the renovation of the practice football fields, contact Senior Project Manager Wendy Wooten at wootenwr@wfu.edu.

Update: 09/21/15

September 21st, 2015

A variety of Oak tree species were afflicted with Oak Wilt, died, and then removed from campus. Oak Wilt is a fungus spread by insects for which there are no known treatments. Oak trees were removed from Allen Easley Street,  the Byrum Welcome Center vicinity,  the Presidents House, and Reynolda Village.