Many Downed Trees Lay Un-removed On IU Campus

While trees blocking critical paths have been mostly removed, Dunn Woods still remains largely unpassable.

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Photo: Lynae Sowinski

These trees have been laying across a path at Indiana University since a powerful storm ripped through the area last month.

A lot of progress has been made since severe storms knocked down 300 trees on the Indiana University campus. However, some paths, including those through Dunn Woods, are still blocked by fallen trees.

IU graduate, Jack Coleman, says the campus is looking better but there’s still a lot of work to be done. He says, with orientation going on now, students’ perception of the campus may be altered due to the fallen trees.

“I think someone needs to tell them because it’s not really like that,” he said. “You don’t really have to step over trees all the time and no one picks anything up, it’s a pretty clean campus.”

Barbara Coffman is the Strategic Planning and Communications Director at the IU Foundation. She says prospective students will see the work the university is doing to restore the woods.

“I think that what’s going to affect them,” she said, “is the realization of how much people care about the beauty of the campus and how much people care about restoring that beauty and all the efforts that are underway to take the campus back to what it was.”

The IU Foundation is organizing fundraising to help pay for the reforestation efforts. Individuals can donate any amount, but larger gifts include single trees and groves of trees.

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