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Tree Committee

About those cages...

Caged treeIf you've wondered why there are cages on all the new street trees, it's so the deer won't rub off the bark.

Please don't remove the cages. The Tree Committee will remove them when the trunks are too wide for deer to rub against.


Common Tree Pests and How to Spot Them

DefoliationAs the weather warms up, insects come out of the woodwork, so to speak. This, of course, includes pesky ones that have it out for your trees. Click here to learn about some of the most destructive and prevalent insects that can cause serious damage to your tree and even lead to tree death.

FEATURED TREE: American Mountainash (Sorbus americana): The Witchwood Tree

American mountainashLooking for a shield to cast off witches and malevolence? Travel back to 18th century Europe and residents would tell you to use mountainash wood as a guard to keeping witches away. Old folklore tells stories of people planting mountainash trees near the front of their houses and burning twigs to lay outside their home entrance to ward off evil. So, when colonists first moved to America and discovered American mountainash — cousin to the European mountainash — it was said that “the witches who crossed the ocean with the first colonists were soon exorcised by the very air and the sky of the New World.”

First cultivated in 1811, the American mountainash is a small tree that is great for home landscapes and parks. Its tolerance to varying climates and its small size made it a popular city tree.

Read more about this remarkable tree at the Arbor Day Foundation website.

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.)

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.


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.

Tree Committee Members

Tyler Mayhew, Chair (term ending 31 Dec 2021)
Christy Huddle, Vice-Chair (term ending 31 Dec 2022)
Robert Nelson, Secretary (term ending 31 Dec 2021)
Kevin Kosa (term ending 31 Dec 2022)
Jim Jenkins, 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)

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”  – Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States.

Harpers Ferry Tree Conservation Ordinance
10 June 2013

2021 Harpers Ferry Arbor Day Proclamation

Harpers Ferry Tree Plan and Standards

Harpers Ferry tree inventory data
Updated 29 Apr 2021

Public Meeting Policy and Procedures

Public Hearing Policy and Procedures

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1000 Washington St
PO Box 217
Harpers Ferry WV 25425

Telephone: 304-535-2206


Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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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.


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


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