And like the Lorax, our researchers are well-versed in speaking for the trees. Our version of the Lorax goes by the name of Ken Cochran, and he's the curator for our 88-acre Secrest Arboretum.
The arboretum has been an integral part of our campus and community for over 100 years, but it's landscape was forever changed when it was hit head-on by a devastating tornado in September 2010 that took out over 1,200 of the arboretum's trees. Since that time, Ken has worked with his plants and countless volunteers to replan and replant Secrest Arboretum. And our researchers are able to assess the impact this loss will have on the arboretum's environment. A portion of the damaged area of the arboretum is even being left intact to regenerate naturally.
But this loss has reiterated to our campus and community that yes, trees do matter! Here's what Ken has to say about it on the Secrest website:
Trees have a powerful impact on outdoor space and in human well-being. Trees draw upon our senses as a natural resource, while scenic beauty and trees add value to our landscapes through the environmental services they provide. Urban parks and greenways, academic, business and industrial campuses and residential gardens are corridors linking up to the natural world and enhancing the whole ecosystem. Why do trees matter in your life?
- Three tree selections offered for sale each year as Signature Trees. For 2009-2010, these are Silver Linden, Scarlet Buckeye, and Pagoda Dogwood. Cost is $30.00 ea.
- Each tree sold in 2009-2010 will include President E. Gordon Gee’s signature, along with a statement of “why trees matter” to President Gee.
- Each tree sale will also include an explanation of the environmental services trees provide, based on the science-based i-Tree model developed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Ohio-based Davey Tree Company, the largest tree care company in the world. Each tree will also have a tree care tag with proper planting and care information.
- Signature Trees will be available for sale at selected tree planting programs and Secrest Arboretum and other OSU horticulture programs throughout the year, as well as, Ohio counties, OSUE 4-H camps, and other events. Proceeds will be placed in an OSU Development Account for tree research at OSU.