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THE DOWNLOAD: Storms Take a Toll on Campus Trees

By Dateline Staff on January 24, 2017 in University

The series of storms battering the region lately have taken a toll on the campus's trees, soaking the ground and then blowing over several large specimens. The campus was well prepared for the onslaught of rain, but the sustained deluge combined with strong winds led to a situation campus crews were unable to prevent.

A worker attaches a crane to a tree.
Workers had to use a crane to lift pieces of a tree that fell onto Haring Hall. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

“The soil’s just so wet — there’s not much we can do when the wind blows like this,” said Cary Avery, who leads Grounds and Landscape Services.

A large eucalyptus tree fell north of the Student Community Center.
A large eucalyptus tree fell north of the Student Community Center. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

Read about a tree that fell onto Haring Hall (at top) and another that fell near Shields Library, and read about five other trees that fell previously, including one near the Student Community Center (above) and in Parking Lot 35 (below). 

A tree in Parking Lot 35 fell.
A tree in Parking Lot 35 fell victim to last week's strong winds. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

Elsewhere on campus, life continued on as the rain battered students, faculty and staff.

And the weather wasn’t able to keep donors away from a winter blood drive that came in the midst of a shortage of blood donations.

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About the author(s)

Dateline Staff Dave Jones, editor, can be reached at 530-752-6556 or dljones@ucdavis.edu. Cody Kitaura, news and media relations specialist, can be reached at 530-752-1932 or kitaura@ucdavis.edu.

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