Removal of White Oak Tree - Seitz Hall - January 2020
Removal of large white oak tree behind Seitz Hall
The Virginia Tech Facilities Department removed the large white oak tree behind Seitz Hall on Jan. 9-10, 2020.
The scheduled removal came after an extensive tree risk assessment conducted by the university arborist. Due to the loss of strength within the trunk and decayed buttress of the tree, it was probable that a wind event would apply more force than the tree trunk structure could withstand, posing a potential safety or structural hazard.
The tree showed signs of extensive crown dieback.
The Facilities Department is actively planning to replace the tree in the near future. The main trunk and sizeable limbs from the original tree will serve as nurse logs for wildlife habitat enhancements around the Duck Pond and other strategic locations across campus.