We Planted Trees!

May 22nd, 2014 No Comments

by Jan Knox

After a year filled with: research, a workshop, a site plan with the Maryland Forestry Dept., the approval of the Audubon Condominium Board of Directors, an additional site visit with the tree contractor (Conservation Services Inc.) and the final approval from the Neighborhood Green Project…on March 31, 2014 our reforestation plan came to fruition! It was an exciting day for everyone to watch all of the trees being planted.

I personally want to thank all of those involved in this wonderful community project to reduce our “carbon footprint” and provide this legacy for future generations: Heather Montgomery (The Neighborhood Green Project), Melissa Nash and Larry Maxim, Watershed Foresters from the Maryland Forest Service, David
Coleman (Conservation Services Inc.), The Audubon Condominium 2013 Board of Directors, Melinda Dawson (Condo BoD President), Carolyn Wivell, Hilda Fitzgibbons, Kim Rhoades, Mark Gray and Richard Pickett.

Although it may not be obvious at first, there are immediate benefits to our community from this project and benefits to our residents, environment and wildlife to come further down the road. Here are some facts and figures about this reforestation process:

Our grass mowing bill has already been reduced as a result of reforestation.

Reforestation will help decrease water run-off from the hill along Eaglehead.

The trees planted along Eaglehead Dr. are Redbuds and Red Cedars and will create a visual barrier and reduce traffic noise once they are established.

The trees planted between the church and the condos are Serviceberries and Red Cedars and will provide more privacy for the condo residents.
The trees planted along Audubon Way are also Serviceberries and Red Cedars and will eventually replace the Bradford Pear trees and maintain a screen for those residents close to Audubon Way.

The hill has 9 species of trees: River Birch, Hickory, Pin Oak, Swamp White Oak, Chestnut Oak, Willow Oak, Red Maple, Sugar Maple and Sycamore. All species are native to the area.

All of the trees will not survive, 10% to 20% are expected to perish. That’s why so many trees were planted.

The reforested areas will not be mowed as often as the turf areas. Once the trees are established the canopy will shade out the grass and create a forest base of leaves.

The reforestation will benefit the community and the environment by adding more tree cover and will also contribute toward the goals of Maryland’s new reforestation laws which require the state to maintain a 40% tree canopy.

The re-establishment of forested land in our community is to many, a different concept than the maintenance of a “golf course” or turf-type lawn in common areas. However, reforestation is a major plus to the environment and will benefit the sustainability and value of our community and our land in the years to come. To get updates and learn more, please *Like* us on Facebook at: The Audubon Condo Reforesting Project

If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can still
access our Facebook web page through a simple Google search. If you have any further questions about this project please e-mail Jan Knox at:

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