UNCG Campus Weekly

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Sorry, Charlie

Last week, the McIver statue lost its canopy of oaks as a backdrop. The decaying trees had to be taken down, said Chris Fay, director of Grounds. New ones will be planted.

Their declining condition was evident for passers-by to see in the past months.

The two red oaks between the statue and Jackson Library in fact had been in major decline for the past 10 years, Fay said. They were infected with canker/fungus, causing the trees to decay, he explained to Campus Weekly.

He estimated their age at 70-80 years old.

Their removal was unfortunate, but necessary. “The trees had became so weak that they had become a safety hazard and had to come down.”

New trees will be planted at the site, as first reported in a Libraries post. “Two Trident Maples will be planted on the Earth Day Celebration April 19,” Fay said.

As a Tree Campus USA designated university, for every tree that is removed an average of six trees are planted.

“UNCG just received the recognition of Tree Campus USA for the third consecutive year,” Fay said. The award will be presented during Earth Day April 19, 2012, by the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources.

He added, “Receiving Tree Campus USA for the third year is a great honor for the entire campus.”

Additional details and pictures at http://libraryadministrationannouncements.blogspot.com/, where this was first reported.

By Mike Harris.