Tree relocation continues after delays

Workers uproot a tree to be transported out of the way of the new business building. Photo by Nicole Smith.

Three small trees north of Wilson Hall were transplanted on Oct. 31 as part of preparations for the new College of Business building. Four others will be transplanted in early November.

An additional 14 large pine trees are still slated to be cut down and removed. According to Tracy Ellig, Director of MSU News, they will remain standing “until next spring or summer.”

This week’s transplant had previously been delayed, as it was scheduled to take place Oct. 22 and 28. This was partly a result of a meeting MSU President Waded Cruzado had with Sam Atkins, the president of student environmental organization NECO, student body President Kiah Abbey and Vice President Lindsay Murdock on Oct. 12 to discuss student concerns about the removal of the grove of trees.

According to Ellig, Abbey proposed “exploring a forum with NECO representatives and the school planning board” so they could ask questions and provide input about the process. The meeting occurred on Oct. 23 and served as a primarily informational meeting for students. The university resumed relocation plans on Oct. 28.

To allow time for the meeting between students and faculty, Cruzado pushed back the dates of the relocation of smaller trees, which included two Japanese Lilacs, two maples, one Ohio Buckeye, one spruce and one pine. Some of these trees are nearly 30 feet tall.

The difference in size of the trees presents a small problem with relocation. The three smaller trees were removed by a local tree moving company, Arbor-Medic, but the other four will require larger equipment from the Colorado Tree Spade company. The earliest date for the transplant of the larger trees is the week of Nov. 5.

Fall is the “ideal time in the year to move trees,” Ellig said. “Their immediate care needs are reduced and our traditionally damp springs will help keep them watered as the growing season begins.” The trees will be cared for at their new homes around campus, including areas adjacent to the fitness center, the Strand Union Building, Roberts Hall and Leon Johnson Hall.