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Next Meeting: Monday, February 5, 2018; 7:30 p.m. in the Council Room. Meetings are open to the public. The Woods Committee meets on the first Monday of each month. Please join us!

The East and West Woods of Washington Grove are the only municipally owned forests in the State of Maryland. The East Woods are an oak forest type with white oak being the dominant tree in the overstory. Also found are swamp chestnut oak and pin oak. One swamp oak was listed on the Register of Champion Trees in Montgomery County. The understory in the East Woods was previously dominated by non-native Japanese wisteria vine, mile-a-minute, and Japanese stilt grass, as well as native green briar. In the spring of 2017, the Woods Committee took action to control these non-native species which threatened the future existence of the East Woods. A non-tidal wetlands occupies the central area of the East Woods. Water from the East Woods runs into Mill Creek and Rock Creek before emptying into the Potomac River on its way to the Chesapeake Bay. The West Woods are a tulip poplar type forest with tall canopy trees. Spice bush is the main under story plant, but there are some non-native plants as well. Maple Lake and both Maple and Whetstone Springs are located in the West Woods. Water from the West Woods runs into Whetstone Creek and Seneca Creek on its way to the Potomac River.

We hope that you will take the opportunity to take a quiet walk on the trails through our woods in the New Year. Winter has its own fascinations: the rustle of leaves and the crunch of frozen earth underfoot, fungus and fallen wood sculptures, animal tracks, and the contrast of dark wood and soil against the white snow. Enjoy our forest preserves.

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