A large scarlet oak tree that stood outside of Garrett Hall was felled on Nov. 25 after suffering damage during Hurricane Matthew.
The tree, which was already being monitored for decay, increased its lean by about 10 percent during the storm and had become a risk to campus safety.
• Height: 60 feet
¬ “The trees on our campus play an important role in the health and welfare of our campus community. The amount of shade and beauty cannot be measured in dollars but in the joy and satisfaction we get from having these trees around. Visitors to our campus can often be overheard remarking on the beauty of our campus when compared to others in the UNC system." – Gene Stano, grounds supervisor and arborist
• As the tree grew, the nearby driveway and curbing limited its ability to support itself. Decay was present in the roots and trunk, and it is suspected to have been hit by lightning at some point.
• The art department will use wood from the tree for sculpture carving and to fire the kilns. Some was taken to Sam Jones BBQ for the smokehouse, and the remainder will be used for lumber or ground into mulch.