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The May Woods Committee (WC) meeting will be held online on Monday, May 4, 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 use Meeting ID: 938 358 144. The meeting link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/938358144?pwd=ZnplZ1pjTmlIeEZPa2d0bGxudEtYUT09

The WC would like to thank town volunteers, Mary Woodfield, Missy Yachup, Virginia Quesada, Dan Tutus, and Joan Mahaffey, who have been individually helping with the West Woods spring clean-up since our Spring Workday group event had to be cancelled. Regretfully, our educational “Walk in the Woods” with Agnes Kedmenecz (U Maryland Extension, Woodland Stewards Educator) on Saturday, May 30th is postponed until further notice.

The WC planted 12 native trees in the East Woods “former Emmons Property” area along Grove Road to replace the non-native invasive white mulberry trees removed. Stadler Nursery planted two Serviceberries and two Redbuds along Grove Road, as well as 2 Swamp White Oaks, 2 White Oaks, two Red Oaks, one Black Gum, and one Sycamore a little farther from the road. In addition, Stadler replaced a Dogwood and a White Oak which were not successful transplants deeper in the East Woods. These native trees will help support and add much beauty to the East Woods forest canopy. All plantings were selected and completed using social distancing.

We have a project to spread woodchips along established trails in the East Woods. If you would like to help with this project, please contact Joan Mahaffey. Social distancing guidelines will be observed.

Please take some time to walk in our Woods to see the emergence of native trout lilies and jack-in-the pulpit. Dogwood, Cherry trees, Tulip Poplars, Oaks, Hickories and other native trees are beginning to leaf out. Shrubs are sprouting, such as blueberries in the East Woods and spicebush in the West Woods. 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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