The wasp flies through the forest, heavy with eggs, following the scent of beetle infestation. She locates a promising tree and lands, using sensory organs on her legs to detect beetle larvae feeding below the surface. She drills through the bark and deposits her clutch. Within a few days, emerging wasp larvae will feast on the soft body of the unlucky beetle larvae. It reads like a horror story, but for researchers managing the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle (Agrilis planipennis), it’s a biocontrol solution for a problem plaguing ash forests in 35 states. Read more.
Tree health is an important aspect of tree care. There are numerous reasons why a tree may look unhealthy including factors such as drought, disease, invasive species, pests, and improper care. Distinguishing the difference between a pest infestation or tree stress can be challenging when many of the symptoms look similar. However, knowing what species your tree is and whether there are known pests or diseases to that species will help narrow down possible threats. Read more.
A native tree of North America, the sourwood is one of the few endemic trees that is not found on other continents unless planted, and has no related species. The name sourwood is derived from the bitter taste of its leaves. But the best-known by-product of the sourwood tree is the hard-to-find and extremely delicious honey produced from the fragrant blossoms by honeybees. Read more about sourwood here, along with information on ordering from the Arbor Day Foundation.
Hazelnuts 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.
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.
Since 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.)
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:
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.
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
David Cummings, Town Maintenance Supervisor (non-voting)
Matthew Cook, WV Division of Foresty representative (non-voting)
(vacant), Potomac Edison representative (non-voting)
"To be without trees would, in the most literal way, to be without our roots." – Richard Mabey, Beechcombings: The narratives of trees.
Harpers Ferry Tree Conservation Ordinance
10 June 2013
PO Box 217
Harpers Ferry WV 25425
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
TREE COMMITTEE MINUTES
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