Several large trees near Peavy Hall that are limiting the use of those grounds as a “living laboratory” will be removed over winter break, university officials say.
The trees to be removed, none older than 40 years, include three giant sequoias, one black cottonwood and a Douglas-fir. In all cases, their shade and increasing size is interfering with needed plantings or the growth of other valuable trees, such as the “moon tree” that is growing from a seed that circled the moon on Apollo 14.
“This area is used frequently by students from forestry, botany, horticulture and even local high schools to learn about native trees and shrubs, and these few large trees are limiting our ability to grow many more species,” said Edward Jensen, associate dean of the College of Forestry.
“We’ll leave some logs on the ground to provide character and enhance biodiversity, cut some into firewood to support Linn-Benton Food Share, and chip branches into mulch for use on the grounds,” he said. “Then next spring we’ll be able to plant a wide variety of trees and shrubs, such as whitebark and Jeffrey pines, Engelmann and Sitka spruces, Alaska-cedar, Pacific madrone, golden chinkapin and a host of native shrubs.”
The changes should greatly enhance the teaching collection for several decades, Jensen said. The plans have been approved by OSU and the Corvallis city forester.