Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Michigan Ross Bur Oak
A Symbol of the Community
Conserving our living history
For 200 years or more, a majestic bur oak and its companions grew on a site that eventually became home to the Ross School of Business. But when the school took on a new construction project in 2014, concerns arose about the future of one of the remaining legacy trees. The 65-foot tree was directly in the path of the new building. The Ross community felt that destroying the tree was inconsistent with our belief in positive business—that business can be a force for good.
A community's stewardship
Instead, we came up with a solution that allowed us to preserve our living history by giving the tree a new home nearby, with more room to grow and better exposure to sunlight. Thanks to the efforts of the entire University of Michigan community, the tree was moved about 100 yards to the west as part of the donor-funded construction project, to its new location here on the Ross front lawn.
Activating a unique solution
Texas-based specialists Environmental Design oversaw the five-month moving process.
- First, the soil outside the tree's root ball was excavated.
- Then, a platform made
- When moving time arrived, massive air bladders were inflated underneath the tree to raise it up enough for wheeled, self-propelled carts to be slid under the root ball.
- After a slow roll along the Monroe Mall, the tree reached its new home on Nov. 4, 2014.
- Special follow-up care is taking place for several years following the move.
The bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) is native to southern Michigan. The species is known for its large size, deeply furrowed bark, and distinctive fringed acorns. The acorns were a food source for some Native Americans and are eaten by a variety of birds and mammals.
Erected by Ross School of Business and Planet Blue (University of Michigan's Sustainability Initiative).
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Environment. A significant historical date for this entry is October 4, 2014.
Location. 42° 16.398′ N, 83° 44.281′ W. Marker is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is at the intersection of Tappan Avenue and Monroe Street, on the left when traveling south on Tappan Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 Tappan Avenue, Ann Arbor MI 48109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Martha Cook Building (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); William L. Clements Library (about 600 feet away); Law Quadrangle (about 600 feet away); The President's House (about 600 feet away); Social and Political Change on South University (approx. 0.2 miles away); Engineering at Michigan (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Denison Archway (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Corners of South University and East University Avenues (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ann Arbor.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 2, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 2, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.