Conservation Montgomery 

April 17, 2012

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Come out and dance your plants off!  dancing trees  


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  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.  

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There were wins and losses for the environment in the legislative session that just ended in Annapolis.  For a wrap-up from the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, click here.

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Forestry and trees

  • Council Bill 16-12, Utility Vegetation Management Bill, sponsored by Council President Berliner and Councilmember Elrich, will be introduced on April 17.  Public Hearing is scheduled for 6/12/12 at 7:30 pm.  The bill is hoped to be a "consumer bill of rights" allowing county residents to be protected more when approached by Pepco for tree-trimming on private property, among other provisions.  Find the background and draft bill here. A separate Bill 15-12 on Roadside Trees will be introduced at a later date.  This bill will require the County Executive to develop regulations regarding the general care of right-of-way trees in accordance with best management practices.  The bill aims to stabilize the roadside tree canopy, to reduce the number of trees lost due to neglectful practices such as trenching and to require replanting in most instances where trees are damaged or removed  

 Stormwater management

Conservation Montgomery is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental education education and action to make a connection between the stewardship of local natural resources and community quality of life.  Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the IRS code.  To donate or sign up as a member.   


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