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TREE COMMITTEE

The objectives and authority of the Tree Committee are detailed in Codified Ordinance 1104, officially titled the Harpers Ferry Tree Conservation Ordinance. The Committee is responsible for the enforcement of the Ordinance, the provisions of which are enacted to:

  • Establish a responsible authority for the management of the Corporation’s urban forest;
  • Establish and maintain the optimal amount of tree cover on public property in the Corporation;
  • Maintain the Corporation’s trees in a healthy and non-hazardous condition through good arboricultural practices; and
  • Establish and maintain diversity in appropriate tree species and age classes to provide a stable and sustainable urban forest.

The Harpers Ferry Tree Committee officially consists of eight members:  five voting members, appointed by the Town Council; the Town's Maintenance Supervisor; one representative from the West Virginia Division of Forestry; and one representative from Potomac Edison (successor to the former Allegheny Power).  Of the five voting members, one must also be a member of the Planning Commission.  In addition, the Mayor of the Corporation of Harpers Ferry is considered an agent of the Committee.

Through efforts of the Tree Committee, Harpers Ferry was first designated a Tree City USA community by the National Arbor Day Foundation in 2008.  As part of the requirements to be recognized as such, a resolution approved by the Town Council the same year designated the fourth Friday of every April as Arbor Day in the Corporation of Harpers Ferry, although since 2009 each Arbor Day ceremony has been held on the fourth Saturday instead of Friday.

Meetings of the Tree Committee are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Room at Harpers Ferry Town Hall.

 

Tree Committee Members

Tyler Mayhew, Chair (term ending 31 Dec 2019)
Christy Huddle, Vice-Chair (term ending 31 Dec 2018)
(vacant) (term ending 31 Dec 2019)
(vacant) (term ending 31 Dec 2018)
(vacant), Planning Commission representative

David Cummings, Town Maintenance Supervisor (non-voting)
Matthew Cook, WV Division of Foresty representative (non-voting)
(vacant), Potomac Edison representative (non-voting)

"To exist as a nation, to prosper as a state, and to live as a people, we must have trees."  – Theodore Roosevelt.

Harpers Ferry Tree Conservation Ordinance
10 June 2013

Harpers Ferry Tree Plan and Standards

Harpers Ferry tree inventory data

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HARPERS FERRY

PO Box 217
Harpers Ferry WV 25425

Telephone: 304-535-2206

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TREE COMMITTEE MINUTES

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TREE COMMITTEE FORMS AND PUBLICATIONS

English Ivy

Tree Topping

Helping Trees Recover From Ice Storms

Landmark Trees Brochure

Landmark Tree Nomination

Jefferson County Tree Canopy Report

Tree City USA community since 2008

TreeCityUSA

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