TREE FARM ISU

Indiana State owned many residential properties north and east of the campus for previously planned expansion.  As the master plan changed, expansion occurred to the west, toward the river.   This left an abundance of property to maintain.  For over ten years we have been planting tree seedlings on some of these properties to reduce the maintenance (mowing), to increase the value of the properties, and to provide a bank of available trees for campus that are very ‘locally’ grown and consist of varieties that are known to do well here.   We own two tree spades in Grounds Maintenance, and we have contracted with local tree spade contractors for extremely large trees almost every year.   Many of the tree farms have been planted by student volunteers on Donaghy Day, which is organized by the Center for Community Engagement.   The oldest tree farms are so well shaded now, they make great park space for informal gatherings.