Last winter during what many affectionately refer to as the snowpocalypse, out of the 2600 trees on campus nearly 60 trees were lost on the main campus, with an additional 11 at Smith-Adams and 14 at Taylor Elementary.
Scott Warren, the director of landscaping and grounds, has been working with landscape since he was 20 years old but he has been working at ACU as the director for the past nine years.
“A lot of people think, ‘How many died? How many lived?’ but there is this huge area in between,” Warren said.
No one was expecting such a large snowstorm to cause so much damage but many people dint stop to consider the harm it did to the trees. Trees are a vital part of ACU’s community.
Several trees on campus have undergone a lot of damage and Warren and his team will be working on repairing this damage for up to two years with big part of the job being interpreting what is salvageable and what is not.
In light of Bullock Hall being built, there was no choice but to cut down a few of the trees that could not be saved without hindering construction. However, ACU preserved one specific pecan tree that was on the field preceding Bullock. This pecan tree was used in the making of the front desk in Bullock.
ACU alumnus Mike Bowland explained that the trees on campus add to the natural beauty of the space.
“One of my favorite thing is looking at campus” Bowland said.
Plans are already being made to plant more trees around campus, and further contribute to the beauty and natural landscape at ACU.