Building upon Roosevelt University’s, Schaumburg campus’ sustainable landscape and recent Level I Arboretum Accreditation, the Physical Resources Department has developed a strategic tree replacement plan for 2015. Our goal is to rehabilitate the local ecosystem, improve food security, provide educational opportunities, and celebrate growing food for the benefit of all.
Some of you may have noticed that there are several dead ash trees along the main driveway at the Schaumburg campus. In part, that is because of the Emerald Ash Borer but it is also due to the islands they are growing in, which have stunted their growth. As a result, a total of (22) Ash trees will be removed during winter break 2014. The stumps will be ground to mulch and reused on campus to deliver nutrients to the earth.
Environmental Sustainability Student Associate, Mary Rasic, is presently working with Bill Bedrossian of Bedrock Earthscapes, LLC to select native, non-ash tree replacements. The (22) replacements will be strategically selected and located to allow the young trees to flourish without competing with the existing plant life.
Furthermore, Bill and Mary are coordinating the design and development of a permaculture food forest. A food forest mimics a woodland ecosystem by substituting edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. The RU’s, Schaumburg Campus Food Forest will combine aspects of native habitat rehabilitation with 15-20 edible, semi-dwarf fruit trees.
This is a very exciting opportunity for us to capitalize on the Schaumburg campus’ landscape and hone in on the ecosystem services we would like to promote. Much celebration can be anticipated on Arbor Day 2015, as there are monumental transformations underway for the Schaumburg campus.