The 2009 campus master plan reinforced the value of the forested areas and streams on the 345-acre Reynolda campus. The mature campus forest cover is important for maintaining healthy ecosystems and as flood control.
As a result of campus stormwater management practices developed in the 1950’s, high volumes of untreated storm water have been released into the small tributaries that flow from campus. Downstream erosion, sedimentation, and poor water quality are among the side effects of these outdated practices.
The campus master plan calls for the creation of watershed-based stormwater management strategies and best management practices for campus development.
Tree Care Plan
Campus officials developed and adopted a Tree Care Plan in 2011. In total, conservation and maintenance commitments led to Wake Forest’s designation as a Tree Campus USA in 2012. Read Campus Tree Advisory Committee updates to better understand tree plantings and removals on campus.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
- 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.