140 Tree-mendous Years

On March 29, 1878, Chancellor James Marvin canceled classes so students could participate in the first KU Arbor Day event and help plant 300 trees. Today, KU’s Lawrence campus is known for its trees and landscape — but that distinction was in jeopardy just a few years ago. Trees all over campus were being removed due to age, disease and storm damage at a faster rate than they could be replaced.

In 2012, Replant Mount Oread was founded to bring together the campus, community and alumni to plant trees and develop a “tree bank” to fund future trees. Since then, 175 trees have been planted. Just as important, the tradition of students pitching in has been rekindled so they once again have the chance to contribute to the campus forest.

To celebrate this success and the 140th anniversary of KU’s first Arbor Day, the spring 2018 Replant Mount Oread event highlighted the environmental impact of trees planted through the program. The trees provide much more than campus beauty and shade. It is estimated that over the trees’ lifetime, 8,716 pounds of pollution will be prevented and 300,682 kilowatt-hours of electricity will be saved.

Replant Mount Oread is coordinated by the Center for Sustainability and supported entirely by gifts through KU Endowment. 

To be part of growing the program, contact Dale Slusser at 785-832-7458 or dslusser@kuendowment.org, or visit www.replant.ku.edu.