News-Times Photo: Doug BurkhardtPacific University's facilities-management team removed two red oak trees from the campus last Wednesday — one by the labyrinth on the west side of campus (above) and one by Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center on the east side. An arborist recommended the removal because the trees were dying and had become a safety hazard as dead limbs occasionally crashed down, according to Pacific spokesman Joe Lang. "The university continually plants more trees than it cuts down each year," Lang said. Of the cut trees, "some of the lumber is used in the building of the new residence halls and other structures on campus. The chips from the ground-up smaller limbs are used in the B Street Permaculture Project." He said the trunks were four feet in diameter and estimated the trees were about 80 years old.

Pacific's Facilities Director Harold Roark said, "There is a respect and admiration for these old souls that have overlooked the comings and goings of generations of students."

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