Ask ELi: Why Did MSU Cut Down the Trees at Abbot?

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10:59 am
By: 
Alice Dreger

Above: MSU's Abbot Road entrance as it now appears, looking northwest towards Peoples Church.

A reader wrote yesterday evening to ask: “Why the heck did MSU cut down all of the trees at the Abbot Road entrance?”

MSU has indeed just cut down 21 mature Norway maples and Norway spruce at the Abbot Road entrance.  The area now has a chain-linked fence around it and looks extremely different than it did just a couple of days ago.

MSU’s press release on the matter says that the area is being “rejuvenated for historical longevity.” It says the maples were “declining” and required “annual maintenance…to address the declining condition.” Safety is named as a concern, along with the issue of Norway maple being an invasive species and the need to fix sidewalks according to the code required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

You can read the complete press release here.

Update: We used the Freedom of Information Act to find out more about the decision. Read the results here.

 

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