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From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will begin the annual spraying of the female ginkgo tree Monday, May 1. The spraying will occur from 9 pm through 6 am, weather permitting.
The annual spraying eliminates the formation of ginkgo fruit, which emits an offensive smell and falls on sidewalks and roadways. DDOT will use the same spray that it has used for the past 20 years, Shield-3EC 24(C).

Residents are advised that spraying will begin in Ward 5 and proceed to Wards 4, 3, 2, 1 and 6. There are no female ginkgo trees in Wards 7 and 8.

Spraying will occur during the evening for several nights. There is no need to move vehicles. For questions, please contact DDOT at (202) 671-5133 or visit here for a map of all the female ginkgo trees and more information.”

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“Dear PoPville,

On the north side of the 1200 block of Girard Street NW. The PODS company made three separate trips to their “Pod” to try to collect it and to inflict the catastrophic damage to this tree. When confronted, the driver of the truck just got in his vehicle and drove off.

I have included photos of the damage all around the “pod” and the contact info for the person who obtained a public space permit for the “pod” in the first place.

I have reached out to DC’s Urban Forestry to come out right away to try to cut away the damaged limbs and save this tree.

But what about this company and their cavalier destruction of city property and an undeniable public good like a young and growing street tree? Is this PODS company criminally liable for their “smash and run” destruction? (more…)

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We suffered through the berries, now enjoy the leaves. If anyone gets a good photo of fallen leaves please email me at [email protected] or upload to the PoPville flickr pool – thanks!

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Guilherme Almeida tweets us earlier this morning:

“4th 100 year old tree being removed on my formerly beautiful tree lined block. Why?!”

“this one is at lamont st between 11th and 13th. The other have been on 11th between lamont and park.”

“I was told the reason for removal by the crew was ‘tree’s dead’. I’m no arborist but it clearly looks alive to me!”

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Thanks to a reader for sending:

“Remember this tree near the Petworth playground on 8th? It was chopped down and left for dead… but not this tree. Growing strong… and this picture is from a while ago. Everytime I see it, it reminds me what resilience is all about….”

Ed. Note: I don’t literally think these folks are heroes along the lines of firefighters and emergency responders, apologies if that was not clear. You can see previous nominees here. Should you spot a quiet act of heroism along these lines please do send an email with a brief description and the neighborhood where it was witnessed to [email protected]

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From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will begin the annual spraying of the female gingkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba) Sunday, May 8 from 9 pm through 6 am the next day until Thursday, May 12, weather and fruit development conditions permitting.

This annual spraying eliminates the formation of ginkgo fruit, which emits an offensive smell and falls on sidewalks and roadways. DDOT will use the same spray that it has used for the past 20 years, Shield-3EC 24(C). (more…)