Rotten trees come down at Pacific
Re-planting plans on Forest Grove campus include Oregon white oaks
Forty-one dead or diseased trees mostly birches but including other varieties came down in various locations around Forest Groves Pacific University campus last month as a safety precaution, officials said.
Some of the trees were 20 feet tall, while others towered as high as 70 feet. The oldest were planted more than 66 years ago.
The birch trees had significant root rot, were well beyond their expected life span and were not healthy, said university spokesman Joe Lang.
During an annual inspection of the schools trees, a licensed arborist recommended that specific trees be taken down to avoid any potential injuries, Lang said. Over the past year we have had parts of two birch trees fall.
Removal began June 3. The last of the trees including 40 on the pathway between Jefferson Hall and Warner Hall near Pacific Avenue came down Thursday, July 3, when workers from Oak Grove-based City Wide Tree Services pulled them to the ground using ropes.
Other trees came down near the driveway north of Scott Hall and around University Center. About 10 of them grew together and [we] are removing five of those to promote healthy growth, noted Lang.
Stump-grinding will follow last weeks tree work, and plans are under way to re-landscape the affected areas, possibly as early as late August.
John Hayes, director of Pacifics Center for a Sustainable Society, said Tuesday he had recommended planting Oregon white oaks to replace the columnar birch canopy along the walkway perpendicular to Pacific Avenue.
Because the universitys identity is bound up with white oaks, it makes sense, said Hayes, who favors native species on campus. He added the white oaks have a wider canopy and would live to be 150 years old, while birches typically begin failing after 50 years.
Pacific is committed to replacing the lost canopy, especially along the Alpha Zeta walk, a portion of campus dedicated to Pacific alumni who served in World War II, said Hayes.
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