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Storm leaves destruction on MSU's campus

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July 12, 2016

A thunderstorm hit MSU’s Campus on Friday, July 8 with winds exceeding 60 mph and pea-sized hail. The storm resulted in the loss of 21 trees on campus. The W.J. Beal Botanical Garden sustained the most damage, with four trees lost and seven damaged. Some of the damaged trees on campus date back to the 1800’s. Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF) Landscape Services and Paul Swartz, campus arborist, IPF, are in the process of cleaning up the damage. Landscape Services is also taking precautions to nurture damaged trees back to health. Cleanup is estimated to take a couple of weeks.

Downed branches and trees will be recycled by MSU. Solid wood from downed trees will be donated to the MSU Shadows, MSU’s wood repurposing program.

A hickory tree at W.J. Beal Botanical GardenA hickory tree at the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden.

A pine tree near the gazebo at the Beal Botanical Garden
A pine tree near the gazebo at the Beal Botanical Garden.

An eastern hemlock estimated to be 95- to 100-years-old
An eastern hemlock estimated to be 95- to 100-years-old.

A beech tree was snapped by the wind and fell onto an oak tree.
A beech tree was snapped by the wind and fell onto an oak tree. 

A white oak tree that stood by the Union; this tree was estimated to be older than the building itself
A white oak tree that stood by the Union; this tree was estimated to be older than the building itself.

Cleanup of the white Oak tree that stood by the Union
Cleanup of the white Oak tree that stood by the Union.