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Campus tree removal plan

July 17, 2018, UPDATE:

The tree removal contract was rewarded in July to Tri County Tree Pros, and the company has begun tree removal the week of July 16 on the north end of campus, working their way south across campus. Work is expected to take approximately 10 working days. Weather conditions could prolong the work. For your safety, and that of the workers, please avoid the areas where they are working, and use alternate paths if needed.​


On June 13, 2018, trees on campus were marked with an orange ribbon and orange paint to be removed or evaluated. Per the practice of the college, each tree will be evaluated to determine an appropriate replacement species and location. Evaluation and recommendations are made by the Landscape and Natural Resource Committee, which includes the director of maintenance, grounds crew staff, biology faculty, sustainability coordinator and a student representative. Questions can be directed to Scott Sharar, 352-8318, or Anne Duncan, 352-8536.

These are the trees determined to pose the greatest risk to safety. An evaluation will be conducted annually to identify hazards as our trees age. There are currently several fungi, diseases, or pests attacking various species of tree, requiring consistent monitoring. These trees pose a safety hazard to pedestrians, necessitating their removal.

 

North of Clinton:

            1 ash that is dying due to suspected infestation.

South of Hebron Hall:

            2 trees must be removed for the installation of an electrical vault.

West of The Residence:

            2 pine that are dead or deteriorating, posing a hazard.

            1 ash that is deteriorated, due to suspected infestation.

Near southwest corner of Saemann Student Center:

1 tree being removed as it is causing damage to the building.

Center of campus mall:

            9 ash that are dead or severely deteriorated, due to suspected infestation.

            2 pine that are dead or deteriorating, posing a hazard.

            1 oak that is dead and posing a hazard.

North of the Fine Arts Center:

            3 ash that are dead or severely deteriorated, due to suspected infestation.

West of Wartburg Chapel:

1 tree being removed for the installation of a rainwater drain to prevent water from getting into the chapel basement.

South of the Chapel:

            1 pine is severely deteriorated.

Greenwood (president's residence):

            1 maple west of the house is aged and leaning toward the house, posing a risk.

            2 pine on the east border are severely deteriorated, nearly dead.

 

The following trees will be evaluated to determine if they can hold on a little longer, but may need to be removed.

Northwest of Old Main:

            1 ash that is dying due to suspected infestation.

West of Hebron Hall:

4 trees are encroaching on the building and will need to be trimmed or removed.

North of Neumann Auditorium/Luther Hall:

            1 maple is severely deteriorated and needs to be evaluated.

 

Wartburg grounds crew will work towards the following as schedule and work load allows.

North of Neumann Auditorium/Luther Hall:

            4 maple trees will be evaluated for trimming or removal.

Greenwood (president's residence):

            2 apple trees will be evaluated to determine if they need to be trimmed or removed.

Northeast of Wartburg Chapel:

            1 tree will be removed from inside the garden.

Southeast of Vollmer Hall:

            1 small tree needs to be removed as it is growing too close to the building.

 

There are 3 ash trees located in the parking lot on the west side of the Science Center. We believe they need to be removed, but the city is responsible for this right of way area. The trees are on the city's removal list, and the city will notify the college before removal.

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