Trees - Policy On Installation, Replacement And Care Of Campus Trees

Reviewed By: Administrative Council on September 13, 1999
Approved By: President Karnig on September 16, 1999

Source / Authority

For interpretation of this policy, please contact the responsible department: Physical Plant Grounds Maintenance, 909/537-5166

Background

The Physical Plant Department is responsible for the maintenance and operations of campus buildings and grounds, including campus trees, landscaping, and turf. The University adheres to an approved Landscape Master Plan, which sets forth landscaping design standards and planting selections. A Campus Landscape Architect works with the Physical Plant and Physical Planning and Development Department to provide advice regarding landscaping and the selection of trees and plants.

Species of Trees:

The campus inventory of trees consists of approximately 3,482 trees. Primary species found throughout the campus consists of Sycamore, Alder, Pine, and Eucalyptus.

Purpose

To maintain campus trees in a safe, healthy, and attractive condition and to promote their sustained growth while enhancing the park-like setting of the University.

Policy

Existing Trees

Existing trees shall be periodically inspected to identify conditions such as overgrowth, disease, or insect infestation which will adversely affect the health of the trees or present a safety hazard to persons or property. Appropriate measures will be taken to maintain and protect trees, persons, and property. Those measures may include thinning, topping, or removal. Pruning and topping will be conducted under the supervision of a certified arborist in a manner as to reduce foliage to prevent damage from the high winds prevalent on the campus.

Replacement Trees

Trees that are lost due to wind, disease, etc., will be replaced. Trees may be replaced with a similar species or one which has been identified in the University Landscape Master Plan. Replacement trees may be planted in the same location when practical, or in a different location. Such recommendations will be made based on anticipated growing conditions and the Campus Physical and Landscape Master Plans, in consultation with Physical Planning and Development and the Facilities Planning Committee. The trees replaced shall be consistent with the University Landscape Master Plan.

Posting on Trees

In the interest of the care of campus trees, posting of any kind is prohibited on campus trees.

Donation of Trees

The campus will accept donations of trees which are compatible with the University Landscape Master Plan. Memorial plaques or monuments are not allowed. The campus Policy on Memorial Designations on Campus specifies procedures related to this issue. Donors should be aware that the trees or plants may suffer wind damage or may need to be relocated to make room for changes in the University Facilities Master Plan.

Questions or concerns related to the "Policy on Installation, Replacement, and Care of Campus Trees" may be directed to the Physical Plant Grounds Supervisor.