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Park View Community Tree Planting Nets 11 New Neighborhood Trees

October 25, 2016

tree planting(Casey Trees and volunteers planting two new oak trees on Park Road at Warder Place.)

After nearly a year of planning between Commissioner Boese, neighbors, and Casey Trees the community had a successful community tree planting on October 22nd that increased the area tree canopy with 11 new trees. The focus area on Saturday was between Warder and Park Place, from Lamont at the south to Newton Place on the north. All but two of the trees were planted in residents’ front yards, which in the focus area is where the original trees were located over a century ago.

Map showing the types and locations of the trees that were planted on October 22nd.

Map showing the types and locations of the trees that were planted on October 22nd.

Residents familiar with the community tree planting area will know that these streets have no street trees or room for tree boxes. Also, over the past few years some of the few remaining large trees have been cut down as a result of development. While not every property has a yard large enough for a tree, many do … and several residents have also planted new trees in the past few years which helps with restoring the tree canopy. Still, the central core of the neighborhood has a long way to go to tree it up to its original tree level.

Even with the 11 new trees just planted, there are still opportunities for new trees throughout the neighborhood, both east and west of Georgia Avenue. Moving forward, Casey Trees will continue to with Commissioner Boese and residents to identify additional opportunities for more trees.

Saturday’s Casey Trees Community Tree Planting was a great success even with the strong winds and low temperatures. It would not have been possible without the support of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development’s office, which supported the planting of two oak trees on the southwest corner of Park Road and Warder Street. The support of Colony Club (who supplied coffee) and Heat Da Spot Cafe (who provided a delicious lunch) were also greatly appreciated and helped with the event’s success.

Below are a few photos from the event.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(Getting organized in the morning while enjoying coffee from Colony Club.)

img_1694(After a day of tree planting, enjoying a great lunch from Heat Da Spot.)

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Volunteers Needed to Help Water Trees on Otis Place

July 27, 2016
ANC1A Commissioners Richard DuBeshter and Kent Boese watering trees on Otis Place

ANC1A Commissioners Richard DuBeshter and Kent Boese watering trees on Otis Place

With the excessive heat we’ve been experiencing the past  few days, our efforts to tree up the neighborhood are going to need some help.  The eight new trees that were planted on Otis Place between the school and the recreation center are one place in particular that needs our help.

Last night I was able to enlist the help of fellow ANC 1A Commissioner Richard DuBeshter to fill the water bags on each of the trees and it really didn’t take that long … but the bag need to be filled about once a week.

What we need is a watering plan for the remainder of the summer and for next year. I can take care of the supplies and access to water, but we need some volunteers to take turns filling the bags. If you are able to help keep these trees alive, please contact me via email at 1a08 (at) anc.gov.com.

With Excessive Heat, Young Trees Need Watering Assistance

July 25, 2016
Filling a tree watering bag.

Filling a tree watering bag.

With the hot temperatures we’ve been experiencing recently, everyone is looking for ways to cool off and stay hydrated. Getting enough water is not only important for people and pets during heat waves, it is also important for our city trees — and especially trees that have been planted for less than three years.

According to Casey Trees, newly planted trees — those that have been in the ground less than three years — require 25 gallons of water, approximately 1.5 inches of rainfall, per week to survive. During extended periods of little or no rainfall and/or high temperatures, trees may need our help getting the water they need. (Read more about tree watering here).

It is important to remember that all new trees need our help, which includes trees planted on both private property and in public tree boxes.

Casey Trees also created the following video on how to water a tree.

Tree Work Continues in the Neighborhood: Here are DDOT’s Maps Showing Where

June 28, 2016

There’s been a lot of tree work in the neighborhood recently. Most noticeably with large street trees being removed. I’ve seen a few of the large trees that have come down, and while many look healthy at first glance they’ve been hollow inside. In looking around the DDOT Website, I found a number of interactive maps including the following map showing the locations of trees to be removed this season.

Tree removal map 2016(Click on map for navigable tree removal map.)

I also found this interesting map that shows the locations of street trees in D.C. and give an indication on how large they are.

DDOT street tree canopy(Map showing current street trees and open tree spaces. It also indicates the size of the tree.)

And, of course, my favorite is where the new trees will be planted in the coming 2016/2017 winter season. That map is accessible below.

New tree planting map 2016(Click to access DDOT’s tree planting map to see where new trees will be planted in the coming season.)

What’s DDOT Doing Around the Neighborhood?

June 23, 2016
New sidewalk on Warder between Manor and Newton.

New sidewalk on Warder between Manor and Newton.

Last night I too a brief walk around part of the neighborhood to check on all the work DDOT is doing in the community. I continue to see large areas of sidewalk that have been replaced and a large number of crosswalks. Far beyond any notification I’d  received from DDOT. For the most part, these are good improvements.

I’ve observed new crosswalks installed up and down Warder and Park Place. I’ve also observed smaller sections of sidewalk replaced abutting the new crosswalks. What I find interesting for many of these crosswalks is that in addition to the red textured area many of them slightly slope down to a level surface on grade with the street prior to meeting the street.

IMG_0877(New crosswalk on ne corner of Warder and Newton).

However, not all of the work strikes me as as quality work. Below are two photos of an area of new sidewalk on Park Place between Otis and Newton Place where the sidewalk takes an odd slope down to the curb. Personally, I question the safety of this and will be questioning DDOT about it.

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IMG_0866(Above: a section of new sidewalk on Park Place between Otis and Newton Place. As it approaches the street it suddenly slopes downward.)

Tree to be removed on Quebec Place

Tree to be removed on Quebec Place

In addition to sidewalk improvements, I was sad to see one of the large trees on the 600 block of Quebec Place marked and ready to be cut down. That said, in looking at its trunk near the base it appears that it may be hollow inside and leaving it alone likely poses a safety hazard. The photo below shows an opening in the trunk providing an idea of its hollow interior.

I’ve been working with a group of neighbors in the central section of the neighborhood to tree up streets like Luray and Manor places as those streets have no tree box areas for new trees. Fortunately for Quebec Place, there is tree box space so, even though this tree is coming down, we can get a replacement in the fall.

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New Trees and Streetscape Need to Be One Result from Park Morton Redevelopment

June 1, 2016

In reviewing the plans for the redevelopment of Park Morton — especially the plans for the site on Park Road and Morton Street — one of the amenities that we really need to be a result of the effort is a better streetscape and street trees on Park Road. Park View has many streets that contribute to a significant tree desert in the heart of the community. This includes the 600 block of Park Road. In walking around Park Morton over the weekend, I was reminded of just how harsh the streetscape is on Park Road. Pushing the sidewalks back from the street to create room for street trees should be one of the many improvements that we can achieve through this project.

As you can see from the photos below, the area along the south side of Park Road is currently without trees and is uninspiring.

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Finally, New Trees On Otis Place by School

April 7, 2016

IMG_0345It has taken a while, but I’m happy to report that there are now eight new trees planted on the south side of Otis Place between the school and the Park View Rec Center. DDOT planted these trees on April 4th. Creating space for the trees took some doing, and began in early July 2015 when DDOT started replacing the sidewalks in this area.

Initially the stretch of street between the school and rec center had no street trees, and DDOT had no intention of reworking the sidewalks to make room for trees. Yet, when I noticed the sidewalk work I immediately contacted DDOT and, long story short, collaborated with them to shift the sidewalks on Otis for these new trees.

The next issue to tackle will be the space between the trees in the planting area. While there is now room for the trees, the area between them is dirt (or mud in rain) and DDOT doesn’t really address that. I’ll be  looking for ways to plant ground cover between the trees so there isn’t a muddy mess there.

Below is another view of some of the new trees.

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Unfortunate Loss of Mature Trees on Otis Place

March 4, 2016

810 Otis Place(Stumps are all that remain of two mature trees at 810 Otis Place, NW)

With all the work I am doing to increase the tree canopy in Park View, I was saddened to discover that two large trees in front of 810 Otis Place have been cut down. This is particularly sad as this block of Otis is one of many in the neighborhood where the street is narrow and there are no tree boxes or street trees with the exception of the few by the E.L. Haynes School. Until recently, these two trees provided an incredible amount of shade on this block. They also appeared to be large enough to be classed as special trees so I’m having the Urban Forestry Administration check on that.

The Urban Forest Preservation Act of 2002 requires permits for the removal or replacement of Special Trees (which are over 55 inches in circumference), and establishes a Tree Fund to plant trees and defray costs associated with this act. They also require a Special Tree Removal Permit.

The Google Street View below helps show how large the trees were and how much shade they cast.

Admiring the Tree Boxes by Casey Trees

November 9, 2015
The tree box area outside of Casey Trees on 12th Street, NE.

The tree box area outside of Casey Trees on 12th Street, NE.

Yesterday, I was by Casey Trees on 12th Street, NE, and noticed the tree box area outside of their location. I was impressed with the mix of trees, liriope, pebbles and other plants arranged in a way that becomes a green oasis where grass generally is. I also liked that the curbing was cut in places to guide storm water into the planted areas for drainage and watering.

This is an example I’m going to make a note of with the hopes that something similar might be possible in our neighborhood during street improvement projects.

I’ve also been taking note of bioretention areas and bulb outs when I see them, which more frequently happens when I travel west of the Park.

Tree Study to be Conducted in Park View Area

October 21, 2015

Upon returning home yesterday, I found a flyer on my door (and had seen them on many of the doors along my route home), introducing a forthcoming survey regarding urban trees (flyer below). As the flyer states this is a collaboration between Casey Trees and Penn State University PhD candidate Nathan Frey, I’m curious to know more but have not had a follow up to my initial outreach.

I was able to find Nathan Frey’s Curriculum Vitae and found it interesting that he gave a presentation in August at the Summer Meeting of ISA Research Committee 28 on Social Stratification and Mobility titled Demographic Disparities in Access to Urban Environmental Amenities: The Case of Washington, D.C.

I’m eagerly looking forward to learning more and participating in the survey and hope others who received the notice will participate as well.

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