A Walk on the Wild Side: Trinity’s Tree Walk
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Students and visitors to Trinity’s 60-acre wooded campus can now gain a new appreciation for the wide variety of trees that provide shade, vibrant color, and sweet scents in the College’s natural environment.
Dr. Frank Hensley, associate professor of biology, continuing a project begun years prior by former ecology professor Dr. Gary VanDyke, recently tagged each of the nearly 40 species of trees on campus. Students, community members, and other nature lovers can use a newly created map to locate each species, most of which are native to the area.
Hensley sees this “library of trees” as a resource for Trinity students, visiting school groups, and neighbors interested in planting and nurturing trees in the local community.
The project was funded by a gift from Bruce and Mary Leep. Others adding their efforts to those of Hensley and VanDyke include former biology major and recent alumna Laura Bumba and the College’s Campus Ecological Stewardship Advisory Group. The advisory group was formed about a year ago to encourage environmental stewardship on campus.
“What do we want to see here in 50 years?” said Hensley. “This project will serve as a management tool ensuring that Trinity will have a good healthy forest in the future.”
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