In reviewing the three potential master plans for Cal Poly’s future, I was dumbfounded to see that two of the three plans call for the destruction of their arboretum. First, the president was willing to let their agricultural lands go, and now this.
Plans indicate the arboretum will be replaced by “faculty/staff” housing. With a 6,000-acre campus, how can anyone destroy this splendid place for housing? The arboretum is one of the most special places in San Luis Obispo, as well as a major academic asset. For students, it is a classroom, for faculty, a research lab, and for some of us, a church.
These plans are all available on Cal Poly’s website. There you will see that many more acres than the arboretum consumes are planned as “recreation” areas. Considering that the whole of San Luis Obispo County is one of the best recreation areas in the country, what are these planners thinking? What are their values?
The arboretum is one of the university’s best gifts to our community. To save this special place, Dr. Timothy P. White, chancellor of the CSU system, as well as the trustees, need to hear from all of us who value this gem in our midst.