Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day in the City of Trees

Hello Friends,

In the spirit of Earth Day, I'd like to share one of my new projects for Brandywine Street!
In the past 3 years, we've lost a beautiful oak at the hands of the city and have watched helplessly as two Linden Trees (I'm guessing) suffer from stunted growth.
So this week, me and my officemate (a proud forester) are researching the trees lining Brandywine Street in hopes of creating a more hospitable environment for them to flourish!

Technically, the University of the District of Columbia is a land grant university which means it should have agricultural staff available to help citizens solve agricultural issues in the city's neighborhoods, i.e. stunted tree growth. Another, and perhaps the primary resource, is the DC Urban Forestry Administration. They provide a variety of services ranging from tree planting, pruning, and removal. I'm personally a little hesitant to invite them back to my street since the last time they were around, they removed an Oak that didn't appear to be hazardous to the community.
At any rate, I'll keep you all posted on our progress! Or better - drive down Brandywine Street and see it for yourself!

1 comment:

John said...

Great post Braveheart!

Thanks for caring about this and providing excellent links and resources. Anybody and everybody in the city whether an arborist, naturalist, or just plain jane activist should read this!

What about Casey Trees? There are a great org and have been very active in the city the past couple of years. They just gave DC a "B-" on our tree report card. They have an insert in this week's City Paper. They might could help too.

Thanks again for sharing and dropping knowledge for those who care to learn.