Update on Tree Impact due to Construction

Update on Tree Impact Due to Construction



We are excited about the forward growth towards breaking ground on the MS building and look forward to beginning excavation soon. Many of you are wondering about the impact on the trees in the area and so I wanted to take this opportunity to update you.


Two weeks ago we had the space for the building cleared of a significant amount of privet and two small trees in preparation for construction to begin in the new year. One cedar and one cedar elm were removed as part of that process. Two chinaberry trees will still need to be removed over the break. All of these trees were planned removals and new trees will be planted to replace them after the new building is built. 


Upon review from an arborist, it has been determined that two oak trees will also need to be removed. They were damaged during the wind storm in June, which caused them stress and made them vulnerable to disease. They have become infested with mistletoe and will need to be removed for the safety of all as we move forward with the building excavation. These trees will also be replaced once construction is completed.


A third (and largest) oak tree is not as heavily impacted, although it does have signs of mistletoe infestation as well. Our arborist will be working to remove the diseased branches and to protect the tree during construction. We are making some adjustments to our construction plans in order to give this tree its best chance at survival. You can read more about mistletoe infestation here.


As an organization, we highly prioritize the health and preservation of the trees across campus and will continue our work with the arborist to keep all trees robust and flourishing for many years to come!