June 17, 2010

Maple tree

Winds doom central campus favorite

The huge soft maple tree that has shaded the lawn near the southeast corner of the campanile for a hundred years or more will be coming down soon. High winds that swept through campus June 6 took down a large branch, which in turn destroyed two 40-foot Douglas fir trees, a 6-foot Douglas fir and a 4-foot magnolia tree.

The maple, which was 4.5 feet in diameter, as well as the other four trees, will be removed, said Les Lawson, manager of campus services. However, wet ground conditions and construction on Morrill Road are delaying removal at this time.

Once the trees are removed, the area will be replanted. Landscape architects already are at work on plans, Lawson said. Photo by Bob Elbert.