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Ask an Arborist: How do I know if my trees need water?

Watering TreesTree watering is a key part of tree care, but it’s difficult to specify how much water trees need. No two trees are alike, and several factors and conditions will impact how much water a tree requires. The age, size, location, climate, soil, and type of tree play a part in how much to water your tree. Fortunately, there are signs to help you determine when it is time to water. Read more.

FEATURED TREE: Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)

Weeping willow“Were they water maidens in the long ago, that they lean out sadly looking down below?” — Walter Prichard Eaton.
If ever there were a tree to stir the heart of a poet, weeping willow would claim the honor. To Walter Prichard Eaton, the long, slender branches gently dipping to the water of a river, “still … deep and brown,” is nothing if not the hair of a once-fair maiden. Robert Herrick also saw melancholy, proclaiming, “Thou art to all lost love the best,” a tree under which distressed young men and maids “weary of the light … come to weep out the night.” Read more about weeping willow 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

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

"Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky."  – Khalil Gibran, Sand and Foam.

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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8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
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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

Jefferson County Tree Canopy Report

Tree City USA community since 2008

TreeCityUSA

Find out more at arborday.org.

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