WVU becomes home to state champion Paperbark Maple tree

Monongalia and Preston

West Virginia University has become home to state champion Paperbark Maple.

The 24 foot ‘state champion’ is the first of its kind to be nominated to the ‘West Virginia Big Tree Program’. 

The program is administered by the West Virginia Division of Forestry, and is an ongoing effort to locate, measure, and record the largest trees in the state.

“This isn’t a very common tree in the Urban Forest that we have here in Morgantown, or throughout West Virginia, or even in the region, but we do see it occasionally. As we sit in an academic setting, it’s really nice to be able to have students have the ability to show students and introduce them to uncommon species that they’ll need to know, and be able to identify when they go out into the professional world,” said Greg Dahle, associate professor of Forest Resources Management.

This was made possible through an ongoing collaboration between the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, and Facilities Management. 

The Paperbark Maple was formerly part of the landscape of the original Agricultural Sciences Building, and was transplanted in 2017 to the back lawn of the new Agricultural Sciences Building. 

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