West Chester University
Read more about the Rain Garden in this brochure.
Every single tree (that is 1580 trees) on North Campus have been visited and measured! Global Positioning System (GPS) readings for each tree have also been completed. Why all this effort? We are committed to understanding the full range of benefits the trees provide. Almost all are aware of the beauty trees provide and how they provide homes for squirrels and numerous bird and insect species. Trees also save energy by shading and sheltering buildings, store carbon, give off oxygen, absorb pollution, and reduce runoff from storms. The data collected by student teams will be put into a USDA Forest Service computer model, which will calculate and present the results for these services, including their economic value. The results from the Green Legacy project will help WCU administrators assure the health of this valuable resource.
Student crews recorded the position of every tree using GPS. They already have measured each tree's diameter at 4.5 ft, height, volume of its canopy (leaves or needles), its exposure to the sun, and any dieback. The presence of tree decay, large dead branches and insect problems are noted.
So, here is what the model will provide:
Faculty: Drs Fritschle, Coutu, Fairchild & Welch
Staff: Mr. Bruno & Dr. Hertel
Graduate Student Coordinator: Eunice Alexander
Students: Pat Gardner, Pete Groya, Ben Heivley, Kasheera Hickson, Dhanush Mekala, Rob Niremberg, Dacia Sadowski-Smith, TaraSpeck, Rachel Stern, Tom Thompson, Jen Ghigiarelli, Juliette Honsinger, Jennifer Unangst
Web site: http://www.itreetools.org/
The Outdoor Classroom has been dedicated! And Audubon Pennsylvania rates is a success story. You can read an essay on how to create an outdoor garden written by Erika Szonntag, a WCU Biology Major. You can learn more about the Outdoor Classroom and Demonstration Garden here.