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Abbot Road entrance completion

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June 30, 2016

The Abbot Road landscape rejuvenation project concluded the week of June 20. The Abbot entrance to campus has been restored to a boulevard of trees in order to reflect the historical landscape aesthetic. Declining Norway maple trees were removed and replaced with native swamp white oak trees and Sugar Tyme crabapple trees.

“The restoration of the plantings at the Abbot Road entrance will enhance the landscape quality of the north campus,” said Frank Telewski, professor of plant biology and curator of the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden and Campus Woody Plant Collection. “It will provide an esthetically pleasing entry to campus from East Lansing that will be consistent with the historic context of previous landscape designs.”

The following are photos of the landscaping process:

Tree limbs being removed by a claw crane

Tree limbs being removed by a claw crane
Removal of the Norway Maples, invasive non-native trees.

A tree cut open to reveal rot

A tree cut open to reveal rot
Norway maples' internal decay.

A group of swamp white oaks
A group of the swamp white oaks planted at the entrance, a native species found throughout campus.

Landscape workers planting a swamp white oak tree
IPF employees planting Sugar Tyme crabapple trees, which will provide a seasonal interest backdrop at the historic limestone marker.

Swamp white trees being planted in front of Campbell hall
IPF employee planting a swamp white oak.

Young swamp white oaks planted at the Abbot Road entrance
Young swamp white oaks, planted at the rejuvenated Abbot road entrance.

Benches in front of Campbell Hall
Benches in front of Campbell Hall before restoration.

Construction rejuvenation under way
Start of bench restoration.

Front of Campbell Hall and it's benches that have been powerwashed

The historic masonry benches in front of Campbell Hall
Restored historic masonry benches in front of Campbell Hall.

Young swamp white oak trees

Young swamp white oak trees

The final rejuvenated landscape. The young trees will grow and eventually provide a stately canopy structure at the entrance.

For more information about the landscape project, visit Abbot Road landscape project construction and MSU Abbot Road entrance to be rejuvenated for historical longevity.