Clemson University is committed to providing a safe, attractive, educational and sustainable campus urban forest through preservation of existing trees and new tree plantings. A tree may be considered for removal for any of the following reasons: it is determined to be dead or diseased beyond preservation; its location, condition, or deterioration constitutes a safety hazard; its location affects the preservation and maintenance of adjacent buildings; the tree is damaged from the elements or disease to the extent that its appearance is unduly affected; its location is determined to be an obstruction or hazard to utility lines; its location interferes with the construction of facilities and associated site development; or for other appropriate reasons. The determination of trees meeting the above conditions is the responsibility of the Director of Landscape Services in consultation with the University Arborist and independent arbor consultants.
Trees recently approved for removal are listed below. All removals are in accordance with the
Yearly Risk Management Inspection
Landscaping Services performs a yearly risk management inspection of all inventoried campus trees. Upon the completion of this year’s inspection, our Consulting Arborist recommended the following trees for removal. These trees pose a significant risk of failure and have the potential to cause personal injury or property damage.
The following trees have been identified for removal as part of our routine arboricultural risk management inspections. See the accompanying aerial for a visual reference.
- Tree 070559 is a white oak across from the Fernow Street Café. The tree has extensive large and small branch dieback throughout the entire crown and is steadily declining. This tree will be removed in the next couple of weeks.
- Tree 010653 is a 12-inch holly near Dillard. The tree has advanced basal decay.
- Tree 010654 is a 12-inch holly near the Dillard. The tree has advanced basal and trunk decay.
- Tree 010647 is an 18-inch red maple in near the steam plant. The tree has advanced trunk decay and a broken top.
- Tree 010951 is a 20-inch red maple in Memorial Park. The tree has advanced trunk decay.
- Tree 030495 is a 26-inch yellow poplar near the Development Office and immediately adjacent to power lines. The primary leader has advanced decay at approximately two-thirds tree height.
- Tree 340294 is a multi-stem (largest approximately 17 inches dbh) willow oak in Thornhill Village. Root rot and lower trunk decay are extensive.
- Tree 340297 is a multi-stem (largest approximately 20 inches dbh) willow oak in Thornhill Village. Root rot and lower trunk decay are extensive.
- Tree 040615 is a 16-inch red maple across McMillan Road from Thornhill Village. The tree has an open cavity and extensive lower trunk decay.
- Tree 740013 is a 14-inch willow oak in the Lightsey Bridge Parking lot. The tree has advanced decay with a large fungal fruiting body at about 12 feet above ground level.
- Tree 070349 is a 34-inh white oak on the west side of Sirrine Hall. Inspection indicated an unacceptable extent of decay at the four-inch level near the area with the fruiting bodies.
- Tree 010162 is a 42-inch pecan in front of Trustee House. An open cavity with decay is present about 15 to 18 feet above ground level, making the upper trunk prone to failure.
- Tree 010006 is a 34-inch water oak on the east side of the amphitheater. Aerial inspections by campus staff revealed extensive squirrel damage and wood decay on the tops of upper branches throughout the crown. Large scaffold branches are poorly attached and are likely to fail.
- Tree 20731 is a 58-inch water oak in President’s Park south immediately adjacent to Hwy. 93. Large scaffold branches are poorly attached and are likely to fail.
- Tree 050187 is a 28-inch silver maple near the northwest corner of McAdams Hall. The tree has advanced decay in all major leaders.
R1 Parking Lot
Construction at the R1 Parking Lot necessitates a tree removal. A 6-foot chain link fence / barricade has been placed to prohibit vehicular access during construction.
Intersection of Cherry and Collings
Installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Cherry Rd and Collings St requires the removal of 2 trees.
E-1 Parking lot
Construction in the E-1 parking lot adjacent to BRC requires the removal of 9 trees.