FINAL Historic Landscapes Historic Plants - Shari Edelson

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Published on October 22, 2014

Author: csimkovich

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CAMPUS trees: planning for preservation: CAMPUS trees: planning for preservation A Case Study of Tree and Landscape Stewardship in a University Context Shari Edelson, The Arboretum at Penn State APGA Historic Landscapes Symposium, October 2014 INTRODUCTION: INTRODUCTION “Heritage trees are individual trees on the Penn State University Park campus that have developed exceptional historic, cultural, and/or aesthetic value… By definition, the value of a Heritage Tree is such that replacement of the tree in-kind would be impossible.” Policy Manual for Heritage Trees and Heritage Groves at University Park . University Tree Commission, July 2001. The Hosler Oak, the “Witness Tree” of The Arboretum at Penn State Image courtesy of The Arboretum at Penn State INTRODUCTION: INTRODUCTION Case study background – our scenario Negotiating potential sources of tension in advocating for tree preservation Planning: The best solution Success stories Lessons learned THE SCENARIO: THE SCENARIO Historic institution + Modern pressures and opportunities = Tension “Old Main” in 1859 Image: http://explorepahistory.com/displayimage.php?imgId=1-2-48E PowerPoint Presentation: Current Penn State University Park campus construction projects Image: http://psu-opp.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Solutions/ s2.html?appid=6de01ccc95c84dc4b86f846efcd35cef SOURCES OF TENSION Campus improvements and construction PowerPoint Presentation: American elms along the Allen Street Mall Image courtesy of Penn Stater magazine SOURCES OF TENSION Campus improvements and construction Population increase Accidents and injuries PowerPoint Presentation: Trees regarded as: Impediments to progress Threats to safety Liability risks EFFECTS OF PERCEIVED CONFLICT Fallen Callery pear at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, October 2011 Image: Shari Edelson PowerPoint Presentation: 1973: Formation of the University Tree Commission 1997: Adoption of Penn State’s Hazardous Tree Policy 2001: Establishment of the Heritage Trees and Groves program PLANNING: THE BEST SOLUTION PowerPoint Presentation: Diverse membership Regular, frequent meeting schedule Clearly-stated scope of responsibility Review tree risk assessments; provide recommendations for treatment or removal Review potential impacts of proposed construction projects Advise on selection of tree species for campus plantings Oversee Heritage Trees and Groves program THE UNIVERSITY TREE COMMISSION PowerPoint Presentation: Establishes responsibility and guidelines for tree assessment, inspection, and removal decisions Specifies threshold for risk tolerance “No trees should be retained that, in the opinion of the Tree Commission, have a high probability of falling and causing injury to persons.” Provides for immediate corrective action in cases of imminent risk THE HAZARDOUS TREE POLCY PowerPoint Presentation: Provides another layer of protection for important campus trees Spurs creative solutions to tree preservation challenges Provides protection for groves of trees whose constituent specimens may not be individually “notable” Establishes extent of institutional commitment to designated trees and groves THE HERITAGE TREE PROGRAM PowerPoint Presentation: SUCCESS STORIES Japanese maple project, December 2013 Images: Jeff Dice, Penn State OPP PowerPoint Presentation: SUCCESS STORIES Clockwise from upper left: Custom-made table from The Elms Collection, American elm at Old Main, Lead Arborist Kris Edson removing an elm affected by DED Images courtesy of Penn State University PowerPoint Presentation: Elements of a successful tree management program Policies that are: Research-based Consonant with organizational plans, goals, mission, and ideals Actionable W ithin reach LESSONS LEARNED PowerPoint Presentation: Elements of a successful tree management program 2. Procedures that: Clearly establish responsibility for various tasks Respond to both preservation priorities and human health/safety Reinforce and reflect institutional commitment LESSONS LEARNED PowerPoint Presentation: Elements of a successful tree management program 3 . Oversight that is: Inclusive, representative, and informed Engaged in ongoing dialogue Willing to work toward creative solutions LESSONS LEARNED PowerPoint Presentation: University Tree Commission and Hazardous Tree Policy: http://www.opp.psu.edu/about-opp/divisions/cpd/images/cp-d-university-tree-commission-policy Heritage Trees and Groves Policy: http://lorax.opp.psu.edu/trees/heritage/HeritagePolicy.jsp Design & Construction Standards for Tree Canopy/Tree Root Protection Zones: http://www.opp.psu.edu/planning-construction/design_and_construction_standards/division-32-exterior-improvements#section-10 RESOURCES FROM PENN STATE PowerPoint Presentation: HISTORIC GARDENS, HISTORIC PLANTS: PERSPECTIVES IN LIVING COLLECTIONS PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT Laurie Metzger , Longwood Graduate Fellow, Class of 2014: [email protected] Shari Edelson , Director of Horticulture & Curator, The Arboretum at Penn State: [email protected] Linda Eirhart , Director of Horticulture & Curator of Plants, Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library: [email protected] QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSION

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