- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A tree-planting catch-up effort has taken root at the University of Kansas.

Called Replant Mount Oread, the effort seeks to keep pace with the number of trees lost to damage, disease, construction and age. The university removed 71 trees in 2013 but planted just 52, which is a typical range, the Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/1ru80DM ) reported.

An upcoming Halloween event, called “Trick or Trees,” is part of the initiative and will focus on the lawn between Marvin and Lindley halls. Known for its small grove of pear trees, the original landscaping was a gift from the class of 1949. The plan calls for planting additional Bartlett pear trees, Dwarf Mugo pines, peonies and periwinkle to bring the area back closer to what it had been.

KU’s International Student Services program collected donations for a Black Hills spruce tree to be planted in memory of Gianfranco Villagomez-Saldana, who was from Peru and died in 2013.

Replant Mount Oread also publicizes a KU Endowment fundraising effort to help pay for planting and maintaining trees. It hopes to have money on hand to respond to tree emergencies that might come up, such as the unexpected loss of a large or significant tree, according to Jeff Severin, Replant project coordinator and director of KU’s Center for Sustainability.

A tree inventory is an ongoing project for KU’s Tree Advisory Board, Severin said. The inventory aims to log the location, species and condition of trees to help plan for the future. He said that information will be especially important to plan ahead for disease and insects that attack certain species.

KU’s Jayhawk Boulevard construction project, underway now, calls for restoring the tree canopy that once arched over the street but was mostly wiped out by the mid-1970s due to Dutch elm disease. Officials have estimated the cost of planting a new canopy at about $1 million.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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