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Old growth forest tree risk assessment and mitigation underway

From: The Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities

Throughout summer 2022, University Arborist Jamie King performed proactive tree risk assessments for targeted trees along the most highly utilized paths through the old growth forest adjacent to Lane Stadium. The results recommend maintenance opportunities stemming from the analysis that will help mitigate potential safety risks to the university and surrounding community while supporting conservation of the forest.

Two trees with advanced stages of decay in close proximity to the east edge of the old growth forest adjacent to Lane Stadium will be removed and one tree on the northeast corner will be pruned. The pruning practices recommended for risk reduction support tree preservation by limiting deadwood and tree and branch failures that may create wounds and expose trees to decay organisms. Debris resulting from tree removal will remain within the forest, supporting the forests delicate ecology.

Maintenance activities will begin in August 2022.

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