Takoma Tree Saver (Takoma Park Invasive Vine Removal)
April 10 @ 8:30 am - August 28 @ 10:30 am
Hello! Volunteer today to save our threatened trees in Takoma Park! We’ll make it fun and simple with our weekly Saturday morning “Takoma Tree Saver” program. Coffee and croissants included!
We are seeking volunteers to remove vines for an hour or two on Saturday mornings, to help rescue nearly 5,000 trees in danger of dying from invasive vines.
In what may be the first tree survey of its kind in the nation, an invasive plant specialist in February walked all 36 miles of the streets and adjacent areas of Takoma Park, MD looking for non-native vines. What he found was startling. He directly identified nearly 5,000 trees in the city being overwhelmed by invasive vines like English Ivy.
The startling results in a small city known to highly value its tree canopy could signal that the scale of invasive vine destruction nationwide is far beyond previous assumptions. The study also identifies relatively low-resource, commonsense solutions to the problem. Most of the trees in the survey can be saved in 5-10 minutes by volunteers using common garden clippers and pruning saws.
Now we just need volunteers like you to help us save these trees.
CCAN hopes the Takoma Park survey and volunteer system will become a model for other city, county and state programs nationwide to save affected trees. Again, volunteers can learn more by visiting this web site.