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No New Construction Planned in Arboretum

In a victory for all those who spoke out to protect the Arboretum, CSUF has announced that no development is planned for the Fullerton Arboretum in the university’s latest Master Plan.

CSUF faculty, students and community members were critical of options presented at several community meetings in April, including a conference center with housing and meeting space and a wellness center on the grounds of the popular 26- acre botanical gardens.

“The thing people seemed to care the most about is the Arboretum,” said Ellen Treanor, CSUF spokeswoman. “We took the input from the community and said, preserve the Arboretum.”

Arboretum director Greg Dyment said he is pleased with the new plan.

“I think they really did their homework after a lot of people on campus and in the community said, ‘Hey, wait, it’s not really just open space, it does support a lot of activity on campus.’”

The new plan allows for projects Dyment and others at the Arboretum have been exploring, including a new administration building; a research greenhouse with offices, classrooms and lab space; and a barn. Those buildings could go in an area behind the administration building, along Associated Road — away from the gardens, Dyment explained.

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