Feb 12, 2021 - 10:30 am CST

Written by Antonia; October 23, 2020


One of the most exciting aspects of leaving for college, for me, was the fact that I would have so many new areas to explore. So, of course, I used the free time I had to look around campus and find all of the hidden, interesting places, both indoors and outdoors. Luckily, I made a friend who was also rather adventurous and we’d plan days to go out and see if we could find something new. From a strange, deserted basement with a room full of puppets to an old cemetery surrounded by trees, we definitely found some interesting stuff. 

Although I wasn’t with my friend when I filmed this tree, we did find it together behind one of the dorms on one of our adventures. From where I sat on a hill near the tree, gazing up at it as it towered over me, I could hear grade-school students practicing soccer at the school across the street and the dozens of cars that passed by on the busy road below. 




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Jan 08, 2021 - 11:28 am CST

Written by Keith Babberney | Forester | City of Austin 

Dec 18, 2020 - 03:05 pm CST


In 2020, the City of Austin's Community Tree Preservation Division released the Community Tree Priority Map. This resource prioritization tool is for everyone to use including city…