For now, they stand: UF halts removal of nine mature pine trees

“The Lorax” sits on Kim Tanzer’s coffee table.

She reads Dr. Seuss’ environmental call to action, aloud: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Tanzer, a former UF Board of Trustees member, said she is disappointed in UF’s conservation efforts.

In January, the University Athletic Association asked UF’s Lakes, Vegetation and Landscaping Committee to approve the removal of nine mature loblolly pines in the Bat House Woods conservation area, which borders UF golf course’s seventh green. The trees cast too much shade on the course’s grass, said Scott Hampton, director of UF Golf Courses.

The committee voted unanimously to recommend the almost 80-foot-tall pines be removed.  Curtis Reynolds, UF’s vice president for Business Affairs, accepted their recommendation March 31.

UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes said on Thursday that UF put its plans to cut down the trees on hold.

But Tanzer and her husband, Rod McGalliard, are still fighting for the trees. The couple lives in Golfview, a neighborhood adjacent to the bat houses, the conservation area and the golf course.

McGalliard, a UF alumnus, said the press release UF sent out doesn’t explicitly state the trees won’t be removed. Instead, it reads that the pines won’t be removed unless they are found to be diseased.

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