Six State Champion Trees on One College Campus? What Gives?

Why does the Missouri University campus in Columbia have six champion trees?

Because trees on college campuses aren’t cut down for lumber or development. They’re left to do their thing, which is to absorb carbon dioxide and provide oxygen, shade, beauty, and a sense of calm.

It’s no wonder then, that part of The Champion Tree Project’s goal is to plant the cloned champions on college campuses, where not only would they be out of harm’s way, but where they could also be studied. Smart idea.

But here’s a question for you: Why are most college campuses so verdant?

Photo: David Milarch checking in on a clone of the Buckley Elm tree on the campus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

5 Replies to “Six State Champion Trees on One College Campus? What Gives?”

  1. Because how a campus looks seems to be a very important student recruiting tool. Seems lame to me though…

  2. I imagine it’s the same reason why Plato insisted on greenery at his academy. Plant life, to me anyway, serves as a constant reminder of where we are (earth) and why we are (because trees give us oxygen). It’s sort of humbling, and the humility inspires open ideas and creativity of sorts. Of course that’s my hopeful thinking. I love plants though.

  3. I think you’ve both nailed it.

    And then after college? Do we stop looking for that environment, that kind of beauty? Do we settle for visiting it every once in a while on camping trips. Or settle for 100 x 100 foot lots with a few trees and a little garden?

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