300 new trees planted in 2020
November 23, 2020
The 300th tree of the year was planted Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at the intersection of Wilson and Chestnut roads. The planting highlights concerted efforts led by MSU Landscape Services to meet a one-for-one replacement goal for campus trees.
The university's green spaces are not taken for granted.
But even with proper maintenance and planning, an average of 300 trees are removed or displaced each year due to construction projects or due to disease or other causes. While efforts are made to replace each tree, campus growth and expanded land use has historically hindered the one-for-one tree replacement goal.
An updated Campus Tree Management Plan was developed in early 2020 to help inform campus planning goals by measuring and maintaining trees on campus, and carbon sequestration value, among other factors.
Planting 300 trees in 2020 shows our efforts to ensure campus is green and sustainable for future Spartans.
Looking to support campus trees?
The MSU Heritage Tree Program offers trees grown from seeds of historic trees seen on the Michigan State University campus. The program identifies any tree that was established on campus prior to the founding of the Agriculture College of the State of Michigan in 1855.
All trees donated or planted by a historically significant person, or any tree that has other historical significance to a specific campus feature or program are considered MSU Heritage Trees.