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Tree planting photos

View the Flickr photo album of the Centennial Challenge tree planting efforts.

Centennial Challenge

100 new trees for the Capitol Campus

Enterprise Services is partnering with the Department of Natural Resources to plant 100 trees on the Capitol Campus between October 2019 and October 2020 in association with a challenge issued by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF).

The plantings are helping to jump-start overall DES tree planting plans.

A primary goal: Ensure a variety of tree sizes and ages throughout the campus into the future so that -- as trees reach the end of their life cycles -- there will not be large gaps on the campus.

In addition, three new moon trees were planted on the campus on Feb. 13, 2020.

Tree planting zones

Tree planting plans are guided by two existing landscaping plans and coordinated with overall master planning for the campus. The landscaping plan for West Campus is based on the original campus design (Olmsted Plan), which features more informal planting arrangements on the edge of campus that become formal in the center of the historic district.

Planting Plan: Phase 2

The Phase 2 planting plan began in early 2020. By the end of this phase, about half of the 100 trees will be installed across the Capitol Campus. The Phase 1 and 2 planting plans also enhance landscaping at two gateways to the campus in accord with the Olmstead vision – one at the corner of Sid Snyder and Capitol Way (included in Phase 1), and one at 11th and Capitol Way (included in Phase 2).

In the third and final phase, expected to be complete in April, the remainder of the trees will be planted in locations throughout the campus.

West Campus

Guided by the West Capitol Campus Historic Landscape Preservation Master Plan (2009 Mithun)

West Campus planting locations with ovalsWest Campus Buffer image showing planting locations with ovals

East Campus

Guided by East Campus Plaza Program and Schematic Design Plan (1996 EDAW Plan)

East Campus planting locations with ovals


Planting locations in Heritage and Marathon Park