Happy Arbor Day (at Home)
National Arbor Day will be celebrated on April 24, 2020 this year. And this year’s Arbor Day will be quite different than celebrations in the past. Even though most community celebrations and tree planting events in the spring of 2020 are being postponed or cancelled, the spirit of Arbor Day is still strong. Read more.
4 Rugged Trees that are Drought-Tolerant
The changing climate and unpredictable weather patterns have added extra stress to plants and trees. One way to avoid unnecessary stress on trees is to plant the right species for your area and opt for trees that handle some of the more extreme weather patterns you may experience. These four rugged trees thrive well in warmer climates and are drought-tolerant. Read more here.
Trees are a Powerful Tool in Natural Climate Solutions
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report (SR15) finds that limiting global warming to 1.5° Celsius will require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land use, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Unless there is a technological breakthrough, natural climate solutions continue to be the only proven way to do that at scale. The Arbor Day Foundation was grateful to host, participate in, and attend many inspiring events at Climate Week NYC in 2019, joining sustainability leaders for Forest Restoration: Climate Solutions for Business. This session explored approaches to investing in forest restoration and community trees. Read more here.
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
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.)
Hybrid Hazel Nut Project
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.
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. 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.
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)
“I hear the trees whispering sometimes. They don't talk to everyone. Or maybe they do, but not everyone listens. Do you hear them?” – J.J. Brown, Brindle 24.
Harpers Ferry Tree Conservation Ordinance
10 June 2013
1000 Washington St
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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Older meeting minutes can be obtained from the Town Clerk.
TREE COMMITTEE FORMS AND PUBLICATIONS