PHOTO GALLERY: Images of the Tappan Oak’s removal


Grounds Services workers removed a large oak tree, known as the Tappan Oak, from the west side of Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library for safety reasons after it was found to have a completely decayed trunk. Workers took down the tree Nov. 23 and 24.

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  1. Roger Williams
    on November 29, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    In the past, such removals have been followed by a repurposing of the wood into various artifacts. I hope that the same process will be followed here.

  2. Elizabeth James
    on November 30, 2021 at 9:50 am

    As an alumna and employee of U-M, I am heartbroken by this news. This tree was a landmark for generations who passed by as they crossed the central campus.
    It seems a shame that this occurred during Native American heritage month with no remark or ceremony, as the first people who walked this land venerated Mother Earth and all her living children.
    May this beautiful tree be remembered by the memories that it created and the photographs that captured its presence.

  3. Daniel Erickson
    on December 1, 2021 at 9:05 am

    I agree with Roger Williams, it would be good to make some better use of this material, rather than paying to turn it into mulch. I own a portable sawmill and I had contacted the UM forester about repurposing other dying campus trees into lumber for campus projects, but he never responded.

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