UAF tree research prevails over skiers' protests

Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2009

FAIRBANKS - Research has trumped recreation at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Chancellor Brian Rogers says a researcher will be allowed to plant and fence in 2,500 balsam poplar trees in the T-field, a scenic spot on campus that's surrounded by cross-country ski trails.

The research project will require an 8-foot fence to be built around a rectangular six-acre plot of trees at the top of the field.

Skiers had objected to the tree-planting and requested a different location.

Rogers says the bottom line is that UAF is a research university and that's its primary mission.

Researcher Matt Olson of the Institute of Arctic Biology received a grant from the National Science Foundation to plant balsam poplar trees collected and cloned from 33 locations across Canada and Alaska.

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