Our Open House is a week away but you can still register to come out and visit with us
Summer is over and it's back to business as usual. We hope you all had a safe and enjoyable summer. We ask you: What do the state and county officials in this collage have in common? No, it's not that they are all Democrats. To date, these are the public officials who have signed up to join Conservation Montgomery members, the Board of Directors and partner organizations at our Sept. 17th Open House.
We are celebrating our 1-year anniversary as a countywide non-profit. Our event from the original date of Aug. 27th was postponed due to Hurricane Irene. Our open house is a week away but you can still register to attend at this link. Please plan to come and help us celebrate our anniversary as a countywide nonprofit organization along with our partner organizations.
This is a great opportunity to network, chat up a decision maker and see friends from around the county. Join us!
Clockwise in the photo collage: State Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Dist. 20); State Sen. Roger Manno (D-Dist. 19); State Delegate Kathleen Dumais (D-Dist. 15); State Delegate Al Carr (D-Dist. 18); State Delegate Tom Hucker (D-Dist. 20); County Councilmember Phil Andrews (D-Dist. 3); County Councilmember Marc Elrich (D-At Large); County Councilmember Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1); Montgomery County Planning Commissioner Casey Anderson
Autumn Community Strolls Schedule Posted
There's a hint of early autumn in the air. We have a cure for too much screen time and a desire to get out and feel the cool, crisp autumn air. Our first Autumn Community Stroll is scheduled for Sept. 24th in the Forest Glen Park section of Silver Spring. Please come for a walk through one of Montgomery County's oldest and most wooded and beautiful neighborhoods. Find the Sept. 24th to Nov. 19th schedule here.
nd the full schedule of Strolls here.
Montgomery County Urban Tree Update
At our open house, we'll announce a tree planting project that will be the first use of the Montgomery County Urban Canopy Assessment. Our colleagues at the County Planning Department made use of state-of-the-art technology by partnering with the University of Vermont and the City of Takoma Park. Environmental Planner Katherine Nelson has led this project. Katherine's work has shown that, although the countywide tree canopy is at a respectable 50%, there are urban sections of the county that are depleted of mature canopy (shade) trees. Conservation Montgomery will work with a Cub Scout pack and their families to plant trees in the Montgomery Hills sections of the county on Nov. 5th. Ms. Nelson has identified this section of Silver Spring as the section with the lowest tree canopy percentage in the entire county -- at 8% tree canopy cover. We hope this will be the first of many community tree planting projects Conservation Montgomery will lead with partners in the county. To see the summary of the Nov. 5th project, go to this link. To find a summary of the county tree canopy assessment, visit this link.
Fall is time to plant new trees!
Find tree planting tips from the National Arbor Day Foundation here.
County Still 'On Hold' and Waiting for a Tree Bill
The County Executive plans to send his proposed bill to the Council this fall to add amendments to the County Forest Conservation Law (FCL). The amendments aim to protect more trees on individual lots to be developed in the county and end clear-cutting of lots. Four members of the Conservation Montgomery Board and five members of the county Forest Conservation Advisory Committee have been involved in discussions with the Executive over the past year and with members of the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association (BIA). Stakeholders have met and proposed alternatives to the draft bill submitted to the Executive by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). We wish to thank our colleagues at BIA for their help and cooperation in meeting with environmental and civic community members over the past year. In particular, our hat is off to Bob Kaufman, Associate Director of Government Affairs at BIA for his help in facilitating meetings with builders.
We welcome two additional partners: ecobeco and Granito de Arena. ecobeco is a provider of Home Energy Audits under the Maryland Home Performance with ENERGY STARŪ program. Granito de Arena is a nonprofit serving county residents and helping the Latino community make the connection between protection of community resources and a better quality of life. Both new partners will be at our Sept. 17th open house to meet you and talk to you more about their work, along with our other partners.