As reported by several local news sources in the last day or two, UL plans to uproot at least six large live oak trees to accomodate new construction. While the construction projects are necessary, it is not at all clear that the university has explored every available option to incorporate the trees into their plans.
Four of the trees are original Century Oaks planted in 1900 by the university's first president, Dr. Edwin Stephans, who was also the founder of the National Live Oak Society. As such, they are not only beautiful, but are irreplaceable cultural treasures and a living link to the very beginnings of UL.
Please consider e-mailing Dr. Savoy and urging him to consider every available option before they are destroyed.