- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Two trees, one of which is almost 200 years old, are facing the ax due to growth at Iowa State University.

The Des Moines Register (https://dmreg.co/1G2O0ER ) reports the 192-year-old hackberry tree and 171-year-old black walnut tree will be cut down this spring to make room for a new dormitory.

The assistant director of campus physical planning says the site where the trees reside on campus was intended for future growth in student housing, and now the university needs the space.

Several faculty members had written a report, recommending the university modify its plan to save the trees.

But a representative with the school’s residence department said the two older trees couldn’t be moved, and noted officials have worked hard to save several trees from the lot.


Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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