Next Meeting: Monday, November 5, 2018; 7:30 p.m. in the Council Room. All are welcome to attend. Meetings are on the 1st Monday of each month.
The Woods Committee had a busy month in October planting new trees in the East Woods to help restore the canopy and a volunteer event to repair sections of walking trails. The Woods Committee co-chairs completed a 2-day Woodland Stewards training course conducted by the University of Maryland.
The Woods Committee will sponsor a fall volunteer work day in the West Woods on Saturday, November 10 from 10:00 AM to noon. We will meet at the Lake parking lot to divide into work groups listed below. Please bring work gloves, loppers or clippers, and rakes. Water, coffee, and snacks will be available. We will target all three Woods Committee goals: non-native invasive plant control, deer over browsing, and reforestation. Please join us to make our woods healthier and more enjoyable.
- Learn how to protect native plants, such as spicebush and Blackhaw viburnum, by manually removing Japanese bush honeysuckle.
- Reduce the risk of tick exposure to hikers by manually removing Japanese barberry, a notorious tick host.
- Protect trees planted last fall from deer rubbing and over browsing.
- Join our annual trash pickup patrol for the morning.
As part of our commitment to updating our town residents on the WG Forest Restoration Project, the Woods Committee is hosting an Informational Meeting on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall.
As we continue to move forward with our 3-pronged approach to restoring the health of the East and West Woods, we have reached out to experts for their guidance. We have invited as speakers some of those experts from the Montgomery County Deer Management Program, University of Maryland Forest Extension, and Maryland Native Plant Society to share their expertise and experiences in deer population management, forest health, and invasive plant control.
We hope you will attend our informational meeting to get latest updates from the Woods Committee and hear the experts.