A majestic landmark on the University of Northern Colorado’s central campus, the former state champion silver maple tree that stretches across the lawn in front of what was once faculty housing, is coming down. To a tree novice, the green leaves and impressive shade canopy belie a host of concerns that have led to the tree’s recent designation as high-risk. The gentle giant, planted circa 1900 and once referred to as the champion of silver maple trees in Colorado, is scheduled for removal in early November 2022.
This campaign is led by several student organizations on UNC's campus: Student LEAF, Earth Guardians, Garden Club, and Mindfulness Affinity fellowship.
Where will my donation go?
Our goal is to raise enough money to plant 122 new trees across the UNC campus, honoring the age of the champion Silver Maple.
Donations to this campaign will be placed in the Campus Sustainability Initiatives fund, which is intended to support tree-planting and other environmentally sustainable enhancements to UNC's physical footprint on campus.
Memories of the Silver Maple
Recently I've seen all the little kids from day care playing around the tree, curious about its long branches and decaying trunk. It is beautiful to see the kids engaging with a piece of history without even realizing it.
"We would like to recognize the history of this tree and the different ways in which it has impacted our community. We are honored to be a part of the blessing ceremony to acknowledge and help heal from the harmful past associated with the tree. As sad as we are to see the tree go, we are excited for the opportunity to plant trees in honor of every year this silver maple stood on campus. In order to properly fund the planting of new trees on campus, Student LEAF is matching all donations to this project!"
Olivia Daniels, Secretary and Treasurer of Student LEAF