On Monday, June 13, Landscape Services will replace two trees on the Main Quad near the south entrance to the Main Building. Some walkways will be temporarily closed during the project.
The European copper beech trees are located between Washington Hall and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. University arborists indicate the trees’ health has declined due to damage from storms, changes in the soil caused by nearby steam tunnels, and other factors.
“Unfortunately, efforts by our Landscape Services team to improve the health of the trees and reduce the risk of falling limbs has not created the results we’d hoped for,” said Sarah Misener, associate vice president of Campus Services. “The potential hazard to the campus community and the worsening viability of the trees have left us with no alternative but to remove them.”
On Tuesday, June 14, Landscape Services will plant two swamp white oak trees in the same area, weather permitting.
“The swamp white oak is a stately, sturdy tree with vibrant fall colors. It will nicely complement the existing landscape on the quad and contribute to our overall design goals of biodiversity and beauty,” Misener said.
Contact: Landscape Services, 574-631-6537