Posted October 12, 2018 06:06:58 The oak tables at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington are back in demand after a recent outbreak of tree fells.
The university had been repairing oak tables and benches since the 1950s.
A woodworker told The Daily Tar Heel that there are only about 10 oak tables left on campus.
The woodworker, who requested anonymity, said the university has been in a crisis.
“There’s been a lot of pressure on the university and the community, especially since the fall of the bridge over the Thomas and the bridge that went down,” he said.
The wooden bridge has since been repaired and will be in service until 2022.
In addition to the wooden bridge, the campus has been working on an indoor tree garden, and the university is also working on a new wood-powered lawn.
UNCW said it is still looking into what went wrong with the oak tree and has started installing more security cameras on the campus.
“We’re still looking at all the factors and factors that might have contributed to this tree falling, and what could have caused that to happen,” UNCW President Richard Johnson said.
UNCWA is in the process of establishing a tree-cutting committee.
The tree falls occurred in the spring of 2019.
“This year is the first time in our history we had a fall of this severity,” Johnson said in a news release.
UNC-Wilhelmsville Chancellor William McNeese also noted that the university had recently added a tree canopy to its grounds.
He said the tree canopy was “the first thing we had in place for a year and it’s been an amazing experience to see how this canopy has improved the tree’s performance and how it’s kept us safe.”
The university will continue to work on making the campus tree-planting program more effective and efficient, McNees said.