The expansive Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova serrata), which has graced the banks of Lake Spafford in the UC Davis Arboretum since the 1960s, grew to serve as a popular gathering place for picnics, wildlife viewing, family photos and more until the recent discovery of a large crack in its trunk. Experts studying the issue determined it is in danger of breaking apart and poses a significant hazard.
GATEways Horticulturist Rachel Davis recently spoke to CBS Bay Area about some of the efforts the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden team is taking to prepare campus landscapes to the changing climate.
Our campus's urban forest management team leads a robust Campus Tree Renewal Program to maintain and expand the university's urban forest of over 16,000 trees. This team's goals are to keep our campus safe, beautiful, and always adaptive to the changing climate.
Tyler Kern, the first UC Davis campus urban forester and part of the Arboretum and Public Garden team, is devoted to managing and maintaining the university's urban forest. As certified arborist, Kern has worked on numerous projects in his career aimed at supporting flourishing environments and is bringing his expertise back with him to Davis.
The Campus Tree Renewal Program — a result of our university's Living Landscape Adaptation Plan — is a collaborative effort between the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden and Campus Planning to create a landscape of trees able to defend against the climate the scientific community projects for our region