Over 6,500 trees are currently inventoried within Landscape Service’s tree database. This inventory is utilized by the Campus Arborist to help manage and maintain trees that are growing on the campus. It's frequently updated when new trees are planted, and when others are removed. We hope by sharing this information publicly, it can serve as a reference interested in learning more about Clemson's tree population.
Disclaimer: The information presented below is a working database and subject to change. For the most up to date and accurate tree info, please contact the Campus Arborist.
Clemson University is committed to providing a safe, attractive, educational and sustainable campus urban forest through preservation of existing trees and new tree plantings. A tree may be considered for removal for any of the following reasons: it is determined to be dead or diseased beyond preservation; its location, condition, or deterioration constitutes a safety hazard; its location affects the preservation and maintenance of adjacent buildings; the tree is damaged from the elements or disease to the extent that its appearance is unduly affected; its location is determined to be an obstruction or hazard to utility lines; its location interferes with the construction of facilities and associated site development; or for other appropriate reasons. The determination of trees meeting the above conditions is the responsibility of the Director of Landscape Services in consultation with the University Arborist and independent arbor consultants.
The map below shows our plans for new tree plantings. Landscaping Services also performs a yearly risk management inspection of all inventoried campus trees. Upon the completion of this year’s inspection, our Consulting Arborist recommended the trees for included in the map below removal. These trees pose a significant risk of failure and have the potential to cause personal injury or property damage.
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Trees recently approved for removal are listed below.
Trees adjacent to construction areas will be protected as prescribed within.
In preparation of the CHP Auxiliary Building Site Prep and Utilities Project, several trees will need to be removed that are in the path of the work that will be taking place within the R-1 Parking Lot adjacent to Kite Hill Drive. All of these trees will be removed March 2020.
Several trees and bushes will be removed during Phase 1 of the Daniel Hall Expansion and Renovation project. Removal is expected to begin between mid-to-late November 2019.
Several trees will need to be removed to accommodate for the construction of the new Chapel building located adjacent to Strom Thurmond. As shown on the Chapel demo plan, the first 3 trees are scheduled to be removed during the first week of November. Additional trees will be removed in weeks to follow.
After consultation with University Facilities Landscape Services including the Campus Arborist, as well as Planning & Design Landscape Architect Barrett Anderson, 3 trees will need to be removed for implementation of the new concrete sidewalk requested by Administration Service Building.
In preparation of Clemson’s Central Campus Stormwater Improvement Project, three Willow Oaks, one Southern Magnolia and one Southern Red Oak will need to be removed which lie in the path of the work that will be taking place west of the Brooks Center.
Tree 80051 is a 12" Swamp Chestnut Oak located along Perimeter Road near Littlejohn Coliseum that will be removed to allow for the installation of digital signage at this location. This particular tree has about 40% of the crown compromised by either squirrel damage or sun scalding. Bark has been stripped or scalded from the limbs and this tree is very stunted in growth compared to others planted at the same time.
Package B Removals
Several trees will be removed during Package B of this project.
Duke Energy CHP Facility
In preparation of the Duke Energy Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP) facility, several trees will need to be removed from the R-1 parking area to facilitate site grading and utility construction for this facility. Construction and tree removals are expected to begin mid-May 2018. Tree removal and construction will be performed by Duke Energy Contractor, Crowder Industrial Construction.
Phase One Upgrades
In preparation of the first phase of the campus Electrical Distribution System Upgrades and Replacement Project, several trees will need to be removed that are in the path of the work that will be taking place along Walter T. Cox Boulevard near Sikes Hall and the sidewalk which runs from Sikes Hall to Long Hall. In addition, a grove of pine trees adjacent to the western side of the West Energy Facility will need to be removed in order to facilitate the construction of the new West Campus Switching Station (WCSS). All of these trees will be removed by Bartlett Tree Experts in December 2017.
Phase Two Upgrades
In preparation of the second phase of work associated with the University electrical upgrade project, a white oak and a willow oak are scheduled for early removal over Christmas break 2018. The trees will be removed by the University Landscape Services Department.