Dunn Woods Memories

Dunn Woods, Natural Heart of IU

History of Conservation of Dunn Woods

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Dunn Woods has a long history as the center, the heart of Indiana University, ever since it was aquired in in 1883.

“I hope our alumni will always insist upon the retention of our precious islands of green and serenity — our most important physical asset, transcending even classrooms, libraries, and laboratories in their ability to inspire students to dream long dreams of future usefulness and achievement — dreams that are an important and essential part of undergraduate college experience.”

– Herman B Wells, 1962

“I am glad to hear of the general brightness of the prospects of the institution. … the location is certainly better among those great maples. I hope that you will let none be cut down, except when their removal is absolutely necessary.” David Starr Jordan

Here are some links to deeper info on the history of Dunn Woods:

Indiana University’s Woodland Campus (2012)-LALH

Bloomington Urban Woodlands Project-Office of Sustainability

100 trees planted in Dunns Woods-IDS

Recently there has been a shift in policy concerning Dunn Woods, a more activist approach has been taken, and a lot of work (not all needed in my opinion) has gone on. A lot of the invasive euonymus has been removed (this is good), but so have a lot of the fallen branches, trees, and flowering plants that are native (this is bad). Our well-trained grounds crew has done a wonderful job working on our campus, it is beautiful, but they are not sensitive to the natural ecosystem contained in Dunn Woods.

Here are some pics of the crew not only removing fallen logs, but also compacting soil and scaring the be-jesus out of the local wildlife.

Driving a tractor/bushog into the woods and compacting the soil was perhaps not the best approach to clearing out fallen limbs in this sinkhole

Driving a tractor/bushog into the woods and compacting the soil was perhaps not the best approach to clearing out fallen limbs in this sinkhole

Tractor tracks compact the soil and hurt the underlying mycelial network

Tractor tracks compact the soil and hurt the underlying mycelial network

This cherry picker is not in the woods to pick cherries!

This cherry picker is not in the woods to pick cherries!

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