Come out and dance your plants off!
Dance for the Trees
on April 28
You are cordially invited to a spring family dance in the community. Have fun while you are helping us raise funds for community tree planting projects in the county.
Where: Offices of Pathways newspaper, 9339 Fraser Avenue, Silver Spring
When: Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Details and how to RSVP or donate are here.
Islands in parking lots, rife with impervious paved surfaces, are opportunities for tree planting
Tower Companies Partnering with Conservation Montgomery for
April 21st Tree-Planting
Rockville-based Tower Companies manages the Blair Shops along East-West Highway in Silver Spring where Conservation Montgomery will plant a native tree on April 21 at 10 a.m. At-Large Council Member Hans Riemer will attend and help get the new tree into the ground. A family-owned company, Tower Companies has won awards for green design and environmental stewardship.
"Much to the company's credit, it was difficult to find a location in the Blair Giant Shopping Center where we'll plant next week," said Caren Madsen," a volunteer with Conservation Montgomery. "They've planted trees on every island in that large shopping center parking lot. They set a great example for other retail and office developers in the county."
Conservation Montgomery will provide information on proper tree planting for residents who want to attend without direct involvement in digging, watering and mulching. The event will be instructive, with tips on post-planting maintenance and how to help a young tree survive in its important first two years.
"People want to shop where there are trees. And research has shown that consumers will spend more money in a retail area where there is generous green space."
PLEASE NOTE: SSL hours are available to students for this project but space is limited. To make a reservation to participate, send an e-mail to ConservationMontgomery@live.com. Parents must attend and sign a permission form for students to participate.
We wish to thank Nancy Hamaty, Property Manager at the Tower Companies for her assistance and prompt response to grant permission to plant.
Montgomery Countryside Alliance
and Local Residents Honored with MCCF Annual Awards
Congratulations go to Montgomery Countryside Alliance (MCA), one of Conservation Montgomery's first partners at our inception, along with local residents who will be honored on May 11 with awards from the Montgomery County Civic Federation (MCCF -- another CM partner organization).
Goldstein, gone but never to be forgotten..
The Wayne Goldstein Award, awarded to an individual or group for outstanding public service to the people of Montgomery County, goes to the Montgomery Countryside Alliance. It is named in honor of the late and beloved activist Wayne M. Goldstein, who died suddenly of heart failure at 56 in April 2009. The Sentinel Award, awarded to an individual or group who makes a significant contribution to good government at the local level, will be awarded to the Zoning Advisory Panel (aka the ZAP) Community Representatives. The Star Cup, awarded to the MCCF delegate or committee for outstanding public service to Montgomery County, will be awarded to Paula Bienenfeld, Education Chairman for MCCF. For more information and how to make reservations for the annual MCCF Awards Banquet, click this link.