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 Downstream erosion, sedimentation, and poor water quality are among the side effects of these outdated practices.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. Interested individuals can view a list of all campus tree removals and justifications.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.