The SHP landscape improvement project currently underway includes replacing the ash trees along 5th Street with Kentucky coffee trees, which are native to Missouri. We’ll be adding a variety of other plants, and installing a bench outside our 5th Street entrance. The landscaping improvements will be funded by SHP, other Lewis and Clark Hall occupants, and gifts from individual donors. To help support the landscaping project, please contact Michelle Custer. For more information about the tree replacement, please see the note below from Pete Millier.
Over the last few weeks you may have noticed the landscape renovations around Lewis & Clark Halls that are underway. There is more work to be done in the coming months, but one notable improvement is the removal of the declining ash trees that previously lined 5th Street. These ash trees were removed with the help of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance project (TRIM).
While removal of trees is a last resort, there are many reasons we make decisions to remove trees on campus, from safety concerns to the health and longevity of the tree itself. Unfortunately, ash trees in Missouri are becoming increasingly affected by emerald ash borer (EAB). An introduced pest from Asia, emerald ash borer is fatal to ash trees, having already killed hundreds of millions of trees across the United States and Canada. Although not yet confirmed in Boone County, EAB was discovered in Missouri in 2008, and continues to spread, threatening millions of trees and creating a lasting economic impact to industries dependent upon timber and leaving organizations struggling to fund tree removals. Currently, there are 204 ash trees still planted on campus, in varying states of health, and the TRIM program is vital to our department’s efforts to continue to remove these trees as their health declines and to replace them with species more appropriate to our region.
We greatly appreciate your patience during the tree removal phase and we hope you’ll help spread the word about this horrible pest. If you are interested in additional information about emerald ash borer, the TRIM program or the Missouri Department of Conservation, please feel free to contact us or visit https://mdc.mo.gov/.
Pete Millier, Director, Landscape Services and Mizzou Botanic Garden