It wasn’t much of a contest. A wind storm late last week saw the downfall of several huge and healthy white pine trees (Pinus strobus) across the Domain. One behemoth toppled behind the Sigma Nu House and almost took out several powering poles along University Avenue, forcing the temporary closure of a section of that busy thoroughfare. Two big ones fell in front of Otey Parish, and one each on Kentucky Avenue, Running Knob Hollow Lane, and Lake Bratton Lane. A couple of partially rotten maple trees also fell, but it was almost as if Mother Nature was taking aim at the white pines. Although it is common across campus, white pine is not native here. When a tree attains a certain size, the small, shallow root system is not enough to hold it in the ground during a big storm, and over it goes.
Mother Nature vs the White Pine Trees