Ohio Wesleyan University's Walnut Problem

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Trees generally are not a bother to anyone. Most would even agree that they enhance the experience of being outdoors, because of their grand stature and natural beauty. But, what about the kinds of trees that cause problems? On Ohio Wesleyan University’s college campus, there are many black walnut trees. The problem is that the walnuts fall from the trees, creating multiple issues for the students. Jeff Ball and Jeff Meyer in The Prized Black Walnut, confirm these allegations by stating “Consider your landscape carefully before planting a black walnut. Some consider the shape unattractive and the nuts can cause a mess if they get underfoot--or under car tires.” Ohio Wesleyan has officially learned the hard way. My initial solution to eliminate this walnut problem is to remove the walnut trees from campus and replace them with another kind of tree that does not bear fruit. As a result, Ohio Wesleyan’s campus would be able to reap the benefits of a cleaner and safer campus for its students. The walnut trees on campus can be found up against parking lots as well as along the sidewalk on the students’ way to class. These trees grow black walnuts. When these walnuts are hanging from the trees they are not an issue. But, when they fall multiple problems arise for students. The black walnuts that fall on the sidewalk break open or become weathered and become mushy, wet, black, and green blobs on the sidewalk. Because the college does not clean them up, students are forced to tip toe around them. In Native Trees of the Midwest, Sally S. Weeks, Harmon P. Weeks, Jr., and George R. Parker these walnuts are also referred to as problematic, “in terms of yard litter and staining” (278-79.) Therefore, they not only put students at risk of rol... ... middle of paper ... ... 27 Oct. 2011. http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/resultsadvanced?sid=8626744d-3202-43e2-8849- be76193b8ce7%40sessionmgr4&vid=4&hid=12&bquery=(TI+(&=quot%3bThe+Prized+ Black+Walnut%2cquot%3b))&bdata=JmRiPWVpaCZkYj1hOWgmdHlwZT0xJnNpdGU 9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d Setzer, Christopher. Personal Interview. 02 Nov. 2011. Stone, Donald E., Sang-Hun Oh, Erin A. Tripp, Luis E. Ríos G, and Paul S. Manos. “Natural history, distribution, phylogenetic relationships, and conservation of Central American black walnuts (Juglans sect. Rhysocaryon.)” The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 136.1 (2009): 1-25. Bioone. Web. 7 Nov. 2011. http://www.bioone.org/doi/pdf/10.3159/08-RA-036R.1 Tincher, Courtney. Personal Interview. 03 Nov. 2011. Weeks, Sally S., Harmon P. Weeks, Jr., and George R. Parker. Native Trees of the Midwest. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University, 2005. Print.

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