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Next Meeting: Monday, July 6, 2020; 7:30 p.m.
The July Woods Committee (WC) meeting will be held online on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 7:30 PM as part of the Town’s response to protect ourselves and our community from the COVID-19 pandemic. Our meetings are held on the first Monday of each month and will be REMOTE ACCESS ONLY.

To join the WC meeting, please use:
Meeting ID: 896 8661 7345
Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89686617345?pwd=bjhSVGxOanYyQitsaDhwdGhJUlBLZz09
By phone: 301 715 8592 / Password: 202269

The Woods Committee has requested the Town Council to re-authorize a managed deer hunt in the East and West Woods with the volunteer Bow Hunter Firefighters of Maryland (BHFFMD) certified team during the Fall/Winter (2020-21) deer hunting season to continue control of the deer population and to reduce deer damage in our Forest Preserve. The WC would appreciate your comments to let us know if Town residents support a deer hunt again this year.

Please send comments to [email protected] or [email protected]. The Town Council will discuss authorizing at their July meeting.

Our contractor, IPC, has completed Spring/Summer herbicide treatments of non-native invasive (NNI) plants in the East and West woods. They reported fewer wisteria and mile-a-minute regrowth but found multiple new sites of wavy leaf basket grass in the West Woods. This is a reportable NNI plant in the mid-Atlantic region!

The WC received 8 free trees from the Maryland Forest Service and Clear Ridge Nursery Partnership which we planted in the East Woods off the Maple Avenue trail to help rebuild the canopy in that open area.

Our East and West Woods are a Forest Preserve. We hope you continue to enjoy the trails in our Woods for discovering native plants as they continue to emerge, or bird watching, or a cool respite during the summer heat. Web sites such as www.nativeplantcenter.net provide descriptions and photographs of native grasses and ground covers, shrubs, and trees. Focus your search for the Piedmont Region. Stay healthy and happy!

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