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The trees on the UW campus are one of its most valuable assets. They add beauty and character to the landscape and provide innumerable environmental benefits. The UW Grounds Management department makes tree care a high priority. We aim to maintain a diverse collection of healthy trees.
The campus arborist and gardeners continually monitor tree health and look for hazardous conditions. We prune trees to remove dead or damaged limbs, provide clearance for pedestrians and vehicles, and allow access to roofs and windows.
Trees sometimes become unsafe and must be removed. Grounds Management only removes trees if there is no other viable, safe alternative. Occasionally trees are removed to accommodate construction projects. Removal is not considered unless it is the only way to accommodate necessary construction. We base tree care decisions on current research in arboriculture and industry standards.
We have created a GIS-based inventory of campus trees that we are continually updating. The inventory is used to efficiently maintain, monitor and renew our urban forest and is a powerful educational tool for researchers in the campus community.
Please use the links on the left to explore additional Arboriculture resources.