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Tree planting 'has mind-blowing potential' to tackle climate crisis

Redwood treesPlanting billions of trees across the world is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists, who have made the first calculation of how many more trees could be planted without encroaching on crop land or urban areas. Read more.

Ask an Arborist: Why do we mulch?

MulchMulch is king when it comes to tree planting and care. It is one of the most important, yet most forgotten steps of tree planting. There are three main reasons why we mulch a tree after planting. Read more.

FEATURED TREE: Quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides), a delightful record holder

Quaking aspenQuaking aspen is a fast-growing tree that lends beauty to the landscape in all seasons of the year. The white bark of its trunk is especially attractive against a dark background. Throughout the summer, its name-sake leaves shimmer in the slightest breeze, bringing life to the scene. However, quaking aspen is in fullest glory during autumn when its golden crown is absolutely spectacular. A single specimen tree with its long, slender trunk can be used, but a grove of aspens is even better — either planted or from root shoots. Read more about quaking aspen here, along with information on ordering from the Arbor Day Foundation.

Hybrid Hazel Nut Project

HazelnutsHazelnuts hold great promise for increasing the world’s sustainable food, feed, and energy supply. That’s why both researchers and members around the United States are working together to expand the potential of this hybrid crop. Learn more.

One Simple, Cheap Trick To Make Cities Better:  Plant More Trees

When cities plant trees, they do more than make the place look nice.  They also help cut energy use (by reducing the need for air conditioning), store carbon dioxide, trap airborne pollutants, and intercept rainfall.  Oh, and raise property prices:  As any real estate agent will tell you, "leafy neighborhoods" are more valuable than non-leafy ones.  Read more here.

Trees and Shrubs - Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Maryland Heights TrailSince 70% of the park is forested, it is no surprise that a wide variety of tree and shrub species occur here.  Read more here.

(At left: Common vegetation found along the Maryland Heights hiking trail. NPS photo.)

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 2020)
Kevin Kosa (term ending 31 Dec 2020)
(vacant) (term ending 31 Dec 2019)
(vacant) Planning Commission representative

Larry Waters, Town Maintenance Specialist (non-voting)
Matthew Cook, WV Division of Foresty representative (non-voting)
(vacant), Potomac Edison representative (non-voting)

"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."  – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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

1000 Washington St
PO Box 217
Harpers Ferry WV 25425

Telephone: 304-535-2206

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TREE COMMITTEE MINUTES

Click in the dropdown list below to see Tree Committee meeting minutes for the selected date.


Older meeting minutes can be obtained from the Town Clerk.

TREE COMMITTEE FORMS AND PUBLICATIONS

English Ivy

Tree Topping

Helping Trees Recover From Ice Storms

BMP for Tree Protection During Construction

Landmark Trees Brochure

Landmark Tree Nomination

Jefferson County Tree Canopy Report

Tree City USA community since 2008

TreeCityUSA

Find out more at arborday.org.

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