To celebrate Arbor Day and commemorate Earth Week at Oregon State University, students and staff gathered on the west side of the Library Quad April 26 to plant an elm tree. One hundred years ago the Class of 1913 planted the elm trees that still line the quad. Now, Joe Majeski with OSU Facilities Services told the assembled crowd, the new tree can grace the quad for another 100 years.
Majeski said because of careful monitoring, and the culling of any trees with symptoms of the devastating Dutch Elm disease, OSU has one of the biggest collections of elms around.
The new tree replaces a magnolia that had been planted in the spot but wasn’t suited to the location. The magnolia was removed to another campus location and the elm will quickly grow to fill in the vacant space, within sight of its century-old cousins.