Clayton State University is dedicated to caring for the campus tree population by providing a safe, healthy and sustainable environment for the trees and the overall campus. The Landscape Management department continuously works to maintain, manage, improve, renew and protect the trees on the University’s campus. Through careful planning and proper maintenance, the trees of Clayton State University enhance the University’s landscape, provide a habitat for a diverse animal and insect populations, and provide a pleasant environment for study today and for many generations to come. The University commits to:
The Arbor Day Foundation has awarded Clayton State University the Tree Campus USA recognition for the past four years. Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities for:
Colleges and universities across the United States can be recognized as a Tree Campus USA college by meeting five standards developed to promote healthy trees and student involvement.
The Clayton State University Tree Committee serves as an advisory committee to the Department of Facilities’ Landscape Management working to maintain, manage, improve, renew and protect the trees on the University’s campus and to share information with the campus community. The committee was established on February 3, 2012 and meets twice a year or on an as-needed basis.
Standard 2 - Campus Tree Care Plan
The Tree Care Plan for the University sets good policies and clear guidance for planting, maintaining, and removing trees. It also provides education to the campus community, citizens, contractors, and consultants about the importance of the campus forest and the protection and maintenance of trees as part of the growth and land development process. Please follow the link to access the complete Tree Care Plan
Standard 3 - Campus Tree Program with Dedicated Annual Expenditures
Below are the expenditures for Fiscal Year 2016 for the Campus Tree Care Program at Clayton State University:
Standard 4 - Arbor Day Observance
The 2016 Arbor Day celebration was held in the Spivey Hall atrium on April 28 in front of an enthusiastic crowd that included dozens of local school children. This year’s event, which was planned by the University’s Tree Committee and Reynolds Nature Preserve, featured planting 5 large trees (feature tree was Pignut Hickory, 2 maples and 2 oaks), mostly in the area between Athletics Center and University Center. Campus received Tree Campus USA- Arbor Day Mini Award to offset some of the cost associated with the Arbor Day Observance.
Standard 5 - Service Learning Project
Clayton State's yearly Tree Campus USA Service Learning Project was close to Lake View Discovery and Science Center. A pollination garden was designed and installed for study. The primary purpose of pollinator garden is to bring research experiences to students as part of their biology course experiences. It was funded by a Learning Innovations that Foster Engagement (LIFE) Faculty Mini-Grant through a larger Complete College Georgia innovation Grant. The Learning Channel donated the garden flagstones. Through course research projects utilizing the pollinator garden, students learn about pollination and flowering plants, pollinator decline and conservation, and experimental design. They also exercise their critical thinking skills. The pollinator garden design and installation was made possible through the collaborative efforts of Master Gardeners Frank and Patty Hiller, CSU Facilities Management, CSU grounds crew, and plant ecologist Dr. Jere Boudell. Students from Dr. Boudell’s Introductory Plant Biology course and the Clayton State University SEEDS chapter helped with garden installation. Pollinator Garden projects have been conducted in spring and fall 2016 Introductory Plant Biology courses and fall 2016 Plants and Society course. As of today, approximately 143 students have participated in pollinator garden projects. The garden will be used in future courses.
A tree management plan was developed by the Facilities Management department in collaboration with arborists from Bartlett Tree Experts to take care of the trees that need attention. All trees that are removed will be replaced with the right specimens for each location. Trees are monitored for safety, pests, disease, maintenance, other environmental factors, and the overall health of each tree. The inventory included:
Clayton State University evaluates the tree inventory on campus. The goals are to plant more long-lived specimen trees that students, staff, faculty and visitors can enjoy for many generations to come. A regular pruning schedule is in place for safety, health, structure and appearance. Provide root collar excavations to suspect trees. Buried root collars can contribute to a number of tree health problems, including girdling roots, basal cankers, masking root and lower stem decay, and predisposing trees to various insect and disease pests. Improve soil structures for existing and newly planted trees. A list of recommended tree species was created by the Committee to replace the aging and mature Pines on campus.
Tree Management Presentation to the Admin Council
Tree Safety and Removal
Landscape Management inspects the tree population on campus routinely. Trees that have poor condition and health must be removed to prevent hazardous situations on campus. The Landscape Management will make sure the students, faculty and staff are alerted through campus communication at least three days in advance of the removal.
If any hazards related to trees on the campus are found, please contact Facilities Management at (678) 466-4240 to report the problem.
Below are examples of hazardous trees that have been removed in past situations: