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Plan Now For Spring Planting

Crape myrtle Tree planting is already underway in some parts of the country, but in most regions, now is the time to plan and order trees for spring. The Arbor Day Foundation offers a variety of trees for each region, including fast-growing, fruiting, flowering, or evergreen types. And, a portion of the Foundation's proceeds help fund tree planting, conservation, and preservation efforts across the USA and around the world. To browse the Arbor Day Foundation's tree nursery and find more information, click here.

The Secret Life of Trees

The Secret Life of TreesKevin Griffin thinks he has found the answer to making tree biology come alive in a cool device with a decidedly uncool name: a point dendrometer. Thanks to new electronic and wireless capabilities, Griffin is using the point dendrometer, along with a wireless transmitter, to detect how a tree shrinks and expands during the course of a single day, as well as how trees grow over time. Read more.

Ask an Arborist: How do I plant bare-root trees?

Bare-root treeThis month, arborists at the Arbor Day Foundation tell you how to properly plant a bare-root tree. Watch the video here.

FEATURED TREE: Deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara), Himalayan divine

Deodar cedarDeodar — derived from Sanskrit to mean “timber of the gods” — is native to the western Himalayas and is a staple in eastern forests. Called “the most graceful cedar” by tree expert Michael Dirr, Deodar cedar is popular for its towering heights, reaching as high as 250 feet in its natural habitat. As a garden tree, it will reach a mature height of 40-70 feet, growing at a rate of about 1-2 feet a year. Read more about this tree 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.)


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. The four regular members are each appointed for two-year terms. 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 2021)
Christy Huddle, Vice-Chair (term ending 31 Dec 2020)
Robert Nelson, Secretary (term ending 31 Dec 2021)
Kevin Kosa (term ending 31 Dec 2020)
Tim Wisecarver, 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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PO Box 217
Harpers Ferry WV 25425

Telephone: 304-535-2206


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Older meeting minutes can be obtained from the Town Clerk.


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

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