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In addition to annual programs for new planting, McGill’s landscape policy provides for the replacement of trees lost to disease, storm damage or construction. During the recent construction of the Genomics and Lorne M. Trottier buildings, for example, all trees that needed to be moved were relocated to the east side of the lower campus. Once construction was complete, new trees, including beech (Fagus grandifolia), white ash (Fraxinus americanus), a cluster of hemlocks (Tsuga canadensis) and groves of sugar maple (Acer saccharum) and ironwood (Ostrya virginiana), were planted on site.
Another example is the replacement of the 60 diseased Lombardy poplars that grew around the Forbes playing field south of the McConnell student residence. These trees will be replaced by a mix of indigenous and naturalized species, including bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis), honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) and black cherry (Prunus serotina).
McGill’s intention is to replace a monoculture of imported trees with a mixture of native and naturalized trees that are at home on the south-east flank of Mount Royal.