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?

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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…)

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“Dear PoPville,

The Friends of Mitchell Park (23rd St and S St, NW) are having a photo contest to celebrate a beautiful city park. Yeah!

However, they advertised their contest by stapling(!!) advertisements to city trees all around Dupont Circle. Not only is it against DC regulations to advertise on public property or permanently affix anything to trees, it’s quite ironic and sad to see a group celebrate one public good by desecrating another.

Note that they taped, not stapled ads on the trees in their park, so they knew that stapling ads to trees is harmful.

Anytime tree bark is pierced, even by staples, it creates an entry point for disease and parasites. Our street trees have a tough enough life without a pro-park group stabbing them with ads.

I’ve removed and trashed all the tree-stapled ads I could find. I hope others will do the same.”

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“Dear PoPville,

Last week on either Wednesday or Thursday, the construction crews at the Wardman Tower on Connecticut Ave chopped down a good number (I would guess 10 or so) Cherry trees from around the building, right across from the metro station. I’ve always loved this building and the beautiful, green grounds around it. I understand obviously the ground needs to be torn up for construction and everything, but the razing of so many trees on one of the city’s main thoroughfares seems like a big shame, I hope they don’t do this to the entire grounds.”