Vegetation Assessment and Arboretum Plan, Texas State University-San Marcos Team Members

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Vegetation Assessment and Arboretum Plan, Texas State University-San Marcos

Team Members

  • Project Manager

  • Kyle Beesley

  • Assistant Project Manager

  • Jeremy Soules

  • Analysts

  • Sean Brugo, Nick Pantuso, Katie Snipes, and Matt Noble


  • Our study has identified areas that are ideal for:

      • Landscaping improvement
      • The creation of a campus wide arboretum
      • Increase of native trees
      • Planned areas with pre-placed sitting areas and vegetation


  • Data collection included the acquisition of datasets from secondary sources and the creation of new map layers through primary data collection and digitization.

  • Data processing consisted of the standardization of all layer projections.


  • DEM

  • -slope

  • -aspect

  • Reclassification


  • All three raster layers evaluated

  • Output represents all cells with ratings of two or above

  • New layer was intersected with existing green space layer


  • Graded on:

  • Drainage

  • Plant sustainability

  • Permeability

  • Water capacity

  • Soil Reaction

  • Organic content

Tree Population Density

  • Density was derived from:


  • Statistical analyses for:

    • Total tree population
    • Individual areas
  • Frequencies included:

    • Species
    • Nativity


  • Found nine suitable sites

  • Planned out three sites with trees, paths, and picnic tables


  • Over 3500 trees cataloged

  • Over 63 species

  • 78.6 % of the trees on campus are of native origin

  • 21.4 % are introduced

Planned Areas

  • Based on our analyses we were able to chose the best of these sites.

  • New tree locations

  • Picnic tables

  • New paths

Tree List

  • Juglandaceae

  • Black Hickory

  • Hippocastancaea

  • Texas Buckeye, Red Buckeye

  • Aceeraceae

  • Box Elder, Bigtooth Maple

  • Ulmaceae

  • Sugarberry, Netleaf Hackberry, American Elm

  • Sapindaceae

  • Chittamwood, Western Soapberry

  • Rhamnaceae

  • Carolina Buckthorn

  • Fagaceae

  • Escarpment Live Oak, Bur Oak, Chinkapin Oak, Bigelow Oak, Post Oak, Texas Red Oak

  • Platanaceae

  • Sycamore

  • Salicaceae

  • Eastern Cottonwood, Plains Cottonwood, Black Willow

  • Rosaceae

  • Reverchon Hawthorn, Littlehip Hawthorn, Green Hawthorn, Mexican Plum, Munson Plum

  • Leguminosae

  • Huisache, Texas Redbud, Honey Locust

  • Anacardiaceae

  • Texas Pistache, Praire Flameleaf Sumac

  • Oleaceae

  • Green Ash, Texas Ash

  • Aquifoliaceae

  • Possum Haw

  • Moraceae

  • Bois d'Arc, Texas Mulberry, Red Mulberry

  • Caprifoliaceae

  • Rusty Blackhaw

  • Endangered

  • Hinckley's Oak, Black Walnut, Texas Snowbells, Walker's Manioc


  • GIS applications make this kind of planning more efficient and accurate.

  • This project is complimentary to the Campus Master Plan.


  • Future research might include:

    • Analysis of underground water, sewage, communications and cooling systems
    • 3-D visualization
    • Higher levels of accuracy



  • With this study we were:

    • able to conduct a study of this area that discovered suitable sites for a campus-wide arboretum
    • able to give a comprehensive view of the growing conditions in our study area
    • compliment the Campus Master Plan

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