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.
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- The roses across from the WFU Reynolda Entrance are infected with Rose Rosette Disease. Since there is no treatment for this virus, the plants will be removed.
- Invasive shrubs along the Village Trail will be mechanically removed in early July. Mechanical removal reduces the use of pesticides. Use of the trail should be minimally impacted.
- Per the tree care plan, two trees at Graylyn and two trees on campus are dead and must be removed.
On Monday, June 15th, a Poplar tree was removed near Scales Fine Arts Center. A new pipe installation under Wake Forest Road required exposed root removal. The tree was also on the bank of a creek, so the root system on the creek side was exposed and undermined by erosion. Both factors made the tree a high risk for blow over.
During the week of May 25th a Red Maple tree was damaged at the HES construction site. These wounds, at a minimum, will cause a column of decay and weaken the tree. The tree will be removed in the near future. A suitable replacement will be chosen and planted during the landscaping phase of the project.
On Monday, April 20th, 18 Virginia Pine trees were removed along the perimeter of Spry soccer stadium as part of the grounds restoration plan for the stadium. Removal of the pines allows for increased light filtration onto the soccer field resulting in healthier turf grass. Deciduous trees exposed by this removal, including red and willow oaks, will now provide the backdrop to the stadium.
In addition, an oak tree near the Byrum Welcome Center died and has been removed. It will be replaced later this year.
Celebrate Arbor Day on Thursday, April 16th from 4:00-6:00pm. The event kicks off with a tree planting ceremony behind Huffman Residence Hall at 4:00pm.
Following the ceremony, volunteers will split into groups to beautify the campus. All participants will enjoy a cookout featuring Grayson Natural grassfed burgers. Registration is encouraged, but not required.
This event is sponsored by Greeks Go Green, Landscaping Services, and WFU Residence Life & Housing.
During spring break, campus landscaping services will be doing some work on the west side of Wait Chapel near parking lot A. The slope on this side of the chapel is covered with Winter Jasmine that has become overgrown and has expanded beyond its intended beds. Some of the Winter Jasmine will be removed and replaced with sod near the Huffman Residence Hall loading dock. The rest will be cut back to encourage new, healthy growth.
Optimized energy performance may seem like a dry topic, but it’s one of the features that earned Magnolia and Dogwood residence halls and North Dining Hall LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certifications this semester. Undergraduate residents have occupied the residence halls since fall 2013. North Dining Hall welcomed students in January 2014. Prior to receiving certification from the US Green Building Council, however, each required post-occupancy performance verification. All new buildings on campus are designed to meet at least LEED-Silver standards.
The buildings include hi-tech occupancy sensor lights, an interactive energy and water usage dashboard, and low- flow plumbing fixtures. Natural light and high performance lighting in the buildings also decrease energy usage.
Think you were the only one resting this holiday break?
This past winter holiday break marked the seventh year Wake Forest has participated in the “Holiday Setback” program, during which we allow electrical use and steam production a bit of a holiday break—conserving both money and energy.
The energy savings during this 2014 winter break is estimated at $32,648; electrical savings were $28,436 (475,840 kWh) and natural gas savings were $4,212 (842 dT).
All seven holiday setbacks total to savings of $274,143.
This is one of the many examples of how sustainable practices are a great idea not only for the planet but also for our budgets.
By Andrea Becker (’16), Staff Writer