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I've recently heard complaints from several graduate students in Corry
Village (campus graduate student housing) that they plan to remove up to
90 heritage trees in order to accomodate cranes for new construction and
utility lines.  They plan to replace the trees 4-1.  The replacement plan
sounds nice but it will take 30 to 40 years for the trees to provide the
shade and asthetics of the current large oaks and other trees on the
village grounds.  Does anyone know if the green building practices that
our campus has adopted also includes minimizing tree removal during
construction and re-routing utilities in order to avoid damaging the
existing trees?  Or is clear-cutting the surrounding area a necessary step
for new construction?  If clear-cutting is NOT a necessary step, what can
the students/residents do to challenge this decision?

You may find the latest meeting minutes here:

http://www.facilities.ufl.edu/lvl/minutes/2009/030909.pdf   

Corry Village contact information:

http://www.housing.ufl.edu/facilities/resfac_grad_corry.html

Thanks,
Guneeta