Tree Inventory and Management
In April 2015, Providence College hired Bartlett Tree Experts to create an in-depth inventory, status, and management plan for the approximately over 2000 trees on the campus. As part of the inventory process, the team of arborists conducted a visual inspection of each tree from the ground to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of each tree for condition and risk of failure. The goal was to evaluate the impact of wood decay in stems and buttress roots that show potential for failure and to determine presence and condition of the root system. As part of the management plan, various trees on the campus were identified and for remediation, maintenance, or removal. The most recent tree inventory plan is available below.
In 2011, Bartlett Tree Experts conducted the same in-depth inventory, status, and management plan for the campus and based on this evaluation, 34 trees were identified for immediate removal due to the extent of the damage and the danger these trees represented should they have fallen on their own. These trees were removed in the summer of 2012.
New Red Oak planted on the Smith Squad
On May 4th, the College planted a new red oak on the Smith Quad. The tree is approximately 25’ tall and is over 30 years old. The tree was hand dug and then wrapped in burlap at a nursery in New Jersey. All the intricate weaving on the ball of the tree was done by hand. The tree weighed 16,000 pounds and was planted with the use of a crane.
Oak Tree for Smith Quad coming this spring
A red oak tree from a local nursey has been found for planting in the Smith quad. Unfortunately red oaks cannot be dug up in the fall so the site has been prepared for planting in this spring. In the meantime, we have laid sod to keep the site attractive.