Marshall is home to a large number and variety of trees, many of which are quite large and aged. Our goal is to ensure the health and vitality of our campus trees in the best way possible, and to integrate them into relevant course work and education outreach programs.
An Arboretum is a plot of land or botanical garden devoted to trees and/or shrubs, used for study and display. We view our campus trees as an educational arboretum.
- Control and treatment of scales and mites
- Tree pruning
- Dead wood & debris removal
- Removal of blighted/damaged trees
- Planting of new trees
To this end, a Tree Committee was formed, comprised of faculty and staff from numerous plant related programs throughout the university. The goal was to develop a plan to identify all our campus trees, along with any tree related blights, and to formulate policies, procedures and practices to be used in establishing, protecting, maintaining and removing trees.
- Dale Osburn: Associate Director, Physical Plant
- Mark Cutlip: Director, Physical Plant
- Brandi Jacob-Jones: Senior Vice President for Operations/Chief of Staff
- Doug Wiley: Student Assistant – GPS & Mapping
- Terry Shank: Assistant Professor, Integrated Science & Technology
- Dr. Somerville: Dean, College of Science
- Mike Farley: Supervisor of Grounds/Physical Plant Motor Pool
- Linda Newman: Facilities Analyst, Physical Plant
- Margie Phillips: Sustainability Manager, Sustainability Department
- Travis Bailey: Environmental Specialist, Environmental Health & Safety Department
- Capri Holderby: Sustainability Education Assistant, Sustainability Department
In addition, we found that several dozen of our trees were being destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer beetle, and had to be removed. Many new trees were planted to replace them, with a focus on native varieties.