Monday, August 24, 2009

Tree pruning and removal on DePauw campus described as both "rather spontaneous" and as part of long-term management plan; Greencastle, IN

Trees moved on East College lawn to improve sight lines - News
'The purpose of this trimming is, first, to increase the health of a number of these trees,' Casey wrote. They have not had a major pruning for several years, much to the detriment of their health and appearance. Second, the removal of the branches will increase the attractiveness of this part of the campus, improving sight lines on the lawn particularly around East College, DePauw's signature building.'

President Casey also wrote that the removal of the trees was part of a larger plan created by the campus planning firm Ayers/Saint/Gross to make DePauw's grounds more fitting for its environment. According to the letter, the firm's goal is to create a 'beautiful, native tree canopy.' Ayers/Saint/Gross also shared that replacing the small trees with larger, native trees will further DePauw's sustainability efforts.

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