dead tree

“Dear PoPville,

I have lived in my house on Corcoran St. for 16(!) years and have had a holly tree for the duration of that time. 2 weeks ago after returning from a week long trip it was completely dead. Before I have it removed I thought I would ask if anyone has any thoughts on possible causes and if this seems normal to die so quickly.

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12th sign of spring… Starting to get lots of visual evidence. This one is from Newton Street in Brookland. If you spot one – please call 311 or tweet them or tweet DCDPW and they’ll have someone pick it up. Serious props to both 311 and DCDPW, DCDPW picked up two just this week from readers who spotted them. Now if you spot one in July, of course, be sure to email me!!

cherry picker

From an email:

“Cherrypicker, a web app that locates DC cherry trees near you so you can enjoy the annual blossoming without braving the crowds at the Tidal Basin.

This app uses DDOT street tree data, which covers more than 6,500 cherry trees throughout DC. I built it as a little reminder that beauty isn’t confined to the Mall (and as a way to scout out trees on my walk to work).”

Exhibit - tree

“Dear PoPville,

We were very saddened to learn recently that a big black walnut tree in the backyard of a neighboring lot at 1453 Girard Street NW is scheduled to be chopped down. The tree is gorgeous, very old, and healthy. I’m attaching a photograph of it here.

The lot on which the tree sits at 1453 Girard Street NW can support two parking spots, but the developers who bought the lot and the developers who bought the neighboring lot at 1451 Girard Street NW each want to pop up to 5 units, which requires 3 parking spots per lot. The only way 1451 and 1453 Girard Street NW can support 3 parking spots each instead of 2 parking spots each is for the two lots to share a driveway easement where the tree sits, and to chop down the tree.

The D.C. Urban Forestry Administration has advised us as follows:

The healthy Black Walnut tree behind address 1453 Girard St NW has a current TOPS application (#8186) for Special Tree Removal and the permit application is currently in the Approved (Pending Payment) status. The neighboring property representative, Sima Tessema [a land developer] at 1451 Girard St NW, has permission from the manager/owner 1453 Girard St NW, Amit Vora of SHG Development LLC. to submit application to remove the tree. The tree requires compensation due to its good health. As per the Urban Forest Preservation Act, this is the procedure to be followed for trees above 55’’ circumference on private property that an owner wishes to remove.

We are wondering, do you know of anything we can do to save the beautiful tree?

trees
Photo by PoPville flickr user Jim Havard

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser was joined by Robert A. Vogel, Director of the National Park Service (NPS), National Capital Region, and other local and regional leaders at the District’s first-ever Tree Summit hosted by the District’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) at American University.

At the Summit, Mayor Bowser announced the launch of Canopy 3,000, a short-term public-private partnership aimed at expanding the number of trees planted on private property and public spaces throughout the District. The 11 members of Canopy 3,000 will work together to develop a plan for planting an additional 3,000 trees in the District in 2016. Mayor Bowser announced the District would contribute $400,000 in seed funding, enough to plant over 1,300 trees. (more…)