Maintenance of trees in front of Old Main leads to replacement

Bench and mulched area adjacent to walkway

Former site of a maple tree that had flanked the left front of Old Main.

Over the break, the university took down some maple trees in front of Old Main, the landmark building that’s featured in many a photograph and the school logo. Some people are disappointed, but facility planners have the best of intentions: the health of the trees was in decline, and they often dropped large branches that were a hazard to people who sit and walk there. Assistant Vice Chancellor Steve Martin says the plan is to replace them with native species that are more environmentally appropriate.

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