With much construction work going on at Appalachian State University, there's a tree on campus that is getting a lot of attention.

It's a white oak tree near Wey Hall off Rivers Street that may be as much as 300 years old.

According to Appalachian Today, Appalachian State arborist Chris Erickson says it may not be the oldest tree on campus but it's close.

Until recently, sidewalks around the oak were salted during snow and ice in winter to make them safe for walkers, but that has changed.

In fact, construction for the pedestrian walkway through the area includes removing the sidewalk altogether.

There will also be steps taken to protect the tree and the root system during construction and features included to protect the tree after the work is done.