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Strong winds, a scoreboard and lost tree

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Did you hear about the tree that almost took out the College’s scoreboard? Last month’s wind storms damaged a few trees around campus. However, looking on the bright side, this was the first chance to use the campus tree survey, initiated by Abby Hahne, sustainability coordinator. The survey revealed that the tree near the scoreboard, which was completely knocked over by the wind, was a Silver Maple (tree #626 of 794 total campus trees). At 50 inches in diameter, it was the second largest tree on campus.

Here are some interesting facts about tree #626: According to the Tree Benefit Calculator, developed by Casey Tree and Davey Tree Expert Company, this tree intercepted approximately 7,692 gallons of storm water runoff; reduced air pollution such as dust, ash and smoke; released oxygen through photosynthesis; and reduced the production of ozone. It also reduced atmospheric carbon by 2,500 pounds. The College’s Tree Survey will help ensure that a new tree is planted to offset the loss of tree 626.