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Grounds and Trees

Maintenance, partnerships, protection, research and more…

Sustainable Maintenance

Facilities Services has been integral in making decisions regarding: how to treat our grounds with less pesticide; planting and maintaining old and new trees; mulching leaves rather than land-filling them; reducing the need for watering the grounds through plantings; managing stormwater runoff; designing and implementing the construction of athletic fields to be more sustainable; and more.  We have an area where leaves are left to compost naturally.  This lowers our waste disposal budget and allows for natural decomposition.

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Lawns & Playing Fields

Ursinus College extends over 180 acres of which approximately 30-35 acres are maintained, either in lawn or in playing fields.  These areas vary in their treatment: some are mown regularly; some have grass that must be maintained at particular heights; some areas are planted with shrubs interspersed with lawn.  Of note, the campus does have a constructed wetland that is designed to filter stormwater runoff from the back part of the campus.  This area has a management plan that is implemented by the Facilities Services Department. 

Forested Land

Five of the campus’ 170 acres are maintained in forested cover adjacent to the campus, and approximately 85% of this forested land is in deciduous trees.  The main campus has the benefit of a long history of planting and maintaining large trees.  Approximately 65 acres of the campus have partial mature tree cover; these trees are primarily deciduous trees, many of which are in decline due to age, disease, or other factors.  Though this is not a forested area, these trees do function to sequester some carbon;  they also provide shade and wind protection for the buildings that are nearby as well as providing other benefits to the campus.  The College’s Tree Master Plan recommends planting many additional trees to supplement trees that have already been lost to disease or environmental impacts as well as planting trees to increase the tree cover on the main campus.