This petition was begun by students attempting to coordinate a group of University of Louisiana at Lafayette students, faculty and staff, alumni, and community supporters asking our school administration to reconsider their design plans for new dormitories and a resident parking tower in order to save five live oaks that are each over fifty years of age. These oaks are a part of our culture and our heritage and are a blessing to our campus community as well as the surrounding community. We understand the intent of the administration is to bring a new sense of life to our campus with these buildings, and we are in full support of this goal. Despite this, we hope to encourage a dialogue between the undersigned and our administration in an effort to alter the current plans in favor of saving the lives of these beautiful trees that our community is so lucky to have.
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In order to preserve the existing beauty and cultural legacy of our community and campus, we the undersigned strongly request that the administration re-evaluate the planned destruction and removal of five historically significant and aesthetically irreplaceable live oaks complicating the current architectural design plans near Hamilton Hall. We strongly encourage a timely, open dialogue with students, faculty, and especially experts in design and tree preservation in order to achieve an outcome which can be appreciated by all stakeholders affected, now and for the future.
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