Campus planting new trees for Earth Day

Roger Coda
tree planting on campus

Richard Newton, head Grounds supervisor, plants a new tree on Symphony Circle, joined by (from left): Director of Facilities Services Kevin Cloos, Director of Environmental Health & Safety and Sustainability Sarah Laurie, Assistant Director of Facilities/Custodial Services Mark Delcamp and President Stephen Kolison Jr.

Fredonia is commemorating Earth Day with what will be the planting of over 20 new trees by members of the Grounds and Landscaping crew, renewing a campus tradition to replace dead or diseased trees that have been removed, with new trees.

A Liquidambar styraciflua Worplesdon, a shade ornamental Sweet Gum with large, star-shaped, glossy green leaves that turn fiery red, orange and yellow in fall, represents a tree variety new to the campus. Ten of these will be planted on Symphony Circle.

Two examples of Acer rubrum (Red Maple) will be planted, including five October Glory and one Somerset, along with four Acer freemanii Marmo, a newer Red Maple hybrid commonly known as a Freeman maple. The Red Maples will be planted at the Fredonia Technology Incubator in downtown Dunkirk and at various campus locations.

Additionally, two Crimson King Maples that were saved from a construction project a few years ago will be re-planted behind Chautauqua Hall, near Residents Row.

“The last several years have seen several dead and infected trees removed. We want to try to bring back more trees to campus. Whenever we remove trees we like to replace them with new trees, but we have not been able to do that for a while,” said Director of Facilities Services Kevin Cloos.

The new trees were acquired from Schichtel’s Nursery in Springville.

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