MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s plan for a new student union won’t require a tree with historic significance to be cut down or moved after all.
The university said last fall its $48 million union would be built on the site of the Council Oak tree, which once served as a gathering place for Native Americans and later, for students.
The tree has been on the school seal for decades, but the original was destroyed during a storm in 1987. In 1990, the university planted a replacement that is a tiny fraction of the size of its predecessor.
After facing criticism over the original plans, UW-Eau Claire redesigned them to allow the tree and site to be untouched. UW System associate vice president David Miller said changes have not delayed the project or added costs.