Since the onset of elm yellows on campus in 2007, 76 trees have been lost. Add to these the number of trees killed prior and since by Dutch elm, and out of approximately 290 trees, about 100 remain.
Sigh. Another reminder that the Penn State we knew is going away. The university has put up a good fight against elm yellows, but ultimately, I think they are just buying time, not finding a cure. As these beautiful trees fall, they are being replaced with different types of trees. I understand the rationale, but the fact they were ALL elm trees made them that much more impressive.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Penna. — As reported previously, elm yellows has invaded Penn State’s elm population and there is little hope for survival. I wanted to make sure I got a few photographs while I was up there last weekend since I don’t know how many other chances I will get before they are all gone.
Disease threatens to wipe out Penn State elms – CDT The stately, century-old elm trees on Penn State’s campus are in danger of falling victim to elm yellows. The disease, spread by the elm leafhopper insect, has no cure. According to a University Relations, the prospect of losing what is perhaps the nation’s largest strand of elms is very real if not likely.
This saddens me tremendously, I really enjoyed the elms on the Allen Street Mall between the University Gate and the Pattee library. I admired them from my favorite spot in front of Carnegie building and really hope they can be saved. Over the years I have given to the Class of 1996 Elm endowment, but I fear it won’t be enough.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — On Saturday, I made my first trip back to Penn State since last November’s game vs. Michigan State, the longest stretch between visits since I became a Penn Stater. As always, it seems like there are a lot more buildings than last time. Sadly, there are a lot fewer elms — a lot of them came down due to age, especially around the Carnegie building. Thankfully, a number of new ones have been planted, more than there were before, so in 25 years, there will be a pretty decent canopy again. The shepherd’s crook light posts are going in too, which is a major improvement over the 1960s-era light posts that were around previously.
Since it was an incredible spring day, Erica and I had lunch at Cafe 210 West. We shared one of their signature beverages as well while we enjoyed the setting out front facing West College Ave. The Cafe is exactly the same, as are the students. The piercing and tattoo trend has not abated either — I am afraid this is here for eternity now. The same goes for the tanning salon look, despite recent controversies (The Collegian). Why do coeds do that? I have never met a guy who thought it was attractive.
Downtown looked good, no major arrivals or closings along College Ave., but that usually happens in the summertime. Also, another big parking garage is going up on W. Beaver Ave. which is always helpful. State College has the best parking garages I have ever used — bar none — and another one will make downtown that much more accessible. Construction of the new Schlow Centre Region Library is making Beaver Ave. a little slow though.
This time around, my wait for another trip to Happy Valley will be much shorter. The Blue-White game is days away, so another daytrip is in order.