Over 6,500 trees are currently inventoried within Landscape Service's tree database. This inventory is utilized by the Campus Arborist to help manage and maintain trees that are growing on the campus. It's frequently updated when new trees are planted, and when others are removed. We hope by sharing this information publicly, it can serve as a reference interested in learning more about Clemson's tree population.
Disclaimer: The information presented below is a working database and subject to change. For the most up to date and accurate tree info, please contact the Campus Arborist.
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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.
The map below shows our plans for new tree plantings. Landscaping Services also performs a yearly risk management inspection of all inventoried campus trees. Upon the completion of this year's inspection, our Consulting Arborist recommended the trees for included in the map below removal. These trees pose a significant risk of failure and have the potential to cause personal injury or property damage.
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Trees recently approved for removal are listed below.
Trees adjacent to construction areas will be protected as prescribed within.
The construction of the Watt Family Performance and Wellness Center along with the renovation of Jervey Athletic Center will require the removal of the trees in the surrounding lawn. The trees along Perimeter Road and Track Drive in the existing Jervey Lawn will be removed. New trees will be planted in association with the project.
The construction of University Facilities Center buildings B & C will require the removal of a section of trees. The new buildings will be constructed to transition Facilities from the center of campus to this new perimeter space. Tree removals are limited to area being graded for the new buildings.
Byrnes Hall will undergo a major renovation requiring the removal of several trees near the residence hall. Upon completion of Byrnes, renovation of Manning Hall and Lever Hall will follow. New trees will be planted throughout Bryan Mall once work is completed.
As with Byrnes Hall, Manning will undergo similar renovations that also requires the removal of several trees surrounding the building.
The construction of the new Advanced Materials innovation Complex will require the removal of several trees. The new lab building will be in the area currently used as E-04 Employee parking lot at the intersection of Williamson Rd and South Palmetto Blvd. Tree removals are limited to area being graded for the new building, associated parking, plaza spaces, and loading dock. Most trees along Williamson Rd will be retained. Many the removed trees will be harvested for use inside the new facility. All removed trees will be replanted with the site gaining a total of 26 trees at the end of the project.
Several trees will be removed for the construction of the new Forestry and Environmental Conservation building, referred to as the new Lehotsky Hall building. The tree removals will be limited to the area being graded for the new building, associated parking, plazas, and garden areas. The project also includes a significant replanting plan with a focus on reforestation to create a teaching forest for the Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department. Several of the removed trees will be harvested for use inside the new facility.
The South Campus Stormwater & Landscape Improvements project will take place in the low lying area just south of Strom Thurmond, commonly referred to as the "Suber Dam area." The project site is bounded by Kappa Street to the east, Lambda Street to the west and Perimeter Road to the south. This area receives stormwater runoff from a significant portion of Clemson's campus. With increased development within campus, the University is capitalizing on this natural drainage point with the construction of a stormwater retention pond that will serve to manage water quality for upstream development. In order to establish the proposed grades and features of the proposed pond and associated drainage infrastructure, the majority of existing trees within the project limits will need to be removed. Multiple site meetings with University landscape personnel have been held to determine the minimum number of trees that need to be removed and those that are feasible to be protected through the project. Exhibit 1 attached highlights those selected to protect and those that will be required to be removed.
The project also provides greenspace that presents future opportunity for landscaping improvements. As a separate future project, the landscape of the project area will be enhanced with planting a variety of tree species thoughtfully selected to optimize both aesthetics and functionality of the area. Exhibit 2 attached highlights the approximate area that will be planted with a future project.
Several trees will be removed for the Women's Sports Program Expansion. The extent of the removal will be limited to areas that are being graded for the project. Construction includes a Lacrosse Operations Facility with a artificial turf competition field, press box, concessions and restrooms, and bleacher seating, Gymnastics Operations and Training Facility, a Women's Elite Athlete Recovery Center, and related civil scope for sitework to include approximately 285 paved parking spaces. Natural walking trails surrounding the site will be maintained and opened for the conclusion of the project.
East Beach Drive will be realigned and will require the removal of trees along the existing roadway corridor. The extent of the tree removal will be limited to the areas that are being graded to provide a safe roadway and manage storm water runoff. The enhancement will improve safety and usability for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
Perimeter Road will be widened between US 76 and Cherry Road and will include a shared use path for pedestrian and bicycle use, as well as lighting and emergency call boxes. This work will require the removal of trees along the existing roadway corridor. The extent of tree removal will be limited to the areas that are being graded to provide a safe roadway and manage stormwater runoff. The removed trees will be reused as mulch on site and around campus for beautification.
Removals East of Cherry Road Intersection
Removals West of Cherry Road Intersection