Monthly Archives: June 2014

The New McElderry Park Summer Green Team

Kashawna Duncan (left) is a returning Green Team crew leader.

Summer’s here and so is the terrific Green Team that cares for the young trees of McElderry Park. We welcome back Kashawna Duncan, Bowie State rising junior, for her second year as a Crew Leader, shown here (far left) with part of her crew on N. Linwood Avenue.

Once again, Coach Waverly Carter is in charge, supervising and inspiring an even bigger group of YouthWorks kids, aided this summer by a new Assistant Supervisor, Bradley Vassallo,  a Temple University intern with a special interest in community development.

 

 

 

Demetrios Clark, Green Team Crew Leader, far left

Demetrios Clark, Green Team Crew Leader, (far left)

Demetrios Clark ( far left) is the second Green Team Crew Leader this year, promoted from crew member last summer. On the Green Team’s first day on the job, they began on N. Linwood Avenue, where they were attaching the first of almost 250 20-gallon Gator watering bags to the young London planes. The Midtown Benefits District watering service will come round during the upcoming summer to fill the Gator bags.

In the next six weeks, the Summer Green teams will be out and about weeding all the existing young street tree wells, mulching them, re-staking trees that need it, removing old stakes, and engaging in minor pruning.

 

 

 

Coach Carter (left) and his Assistant Supervisor Bradley Vassallos

Coach Carter (left) and his Assistant Supervisor Bradley Vassallo (far right)

It is great to have a seasoned team of young leaders and tree ambassadors in place. We thank Banner Neighborhoods, which is running this program as a partner with the Tree Trust for the third summer in a row. And we very much appreciate the hard work of the students who come through the city’s YouthWorks program.

Old Goucher Is New Trees for Public Health Neighborhood

Old Goucher Tree Activist Mateusz Rozanski & Amanda Cunningham of the Tree Trust

For the past several years, Old Goucher resident and Tree Activist Mateusz Rozanski, shown here with Amanda Cunningham of the Tree Trust, has been leading the re-greening of Old Goucher. Mateusz and local residents have planted almost 300 new street trees—with steady help from the city's TreeBaltimore program—in the blocks bounded by W. 20th St., W. 27th Street, and Guilford Avenue on the east and N. Howard on the west.

In spring of 2014,  the Baltimore Tree Trust began working with the Old Goucher Community Association, and has now designated this central Baltimore area its next Trees for Public Health neighborhood. In summer of 2014, residents saw the street tree inventory underway as  Zoe Clarkwest and her colleague Jennifer in Rain Underground spent the summer conducting a complete i-Tree Streets inventory to determine the number and species of new trees needed to restore the urban tree canopy. From this, we have learned that Old Goucher has 1075 trees and room for about 425 more, and its canopy is dominated by Littleleaf lindens, Callery pears, and red maples.

 

The goal: More trees!

The goal: More trees!

In early fall 2014, the Tree Trust began working with P. Flanigan & Sons, which is generously creating new tree wells throughout the neighborhood  pro bono. In fall 2014, the Tree Trust is collaborate with Old Goucher and other partners in the first tree plantings, engaging neighbors and outside volunteers. This is the start of  completely planting up the neighborhood, bringing shade and beauty to those blocks that are barren. For future summer tree maintenance,  a Green Team of local youth and watering truck will be arranged.

TreeKeepers learn the basics!

TreeKeepers learn the basics!

 

 

A dozen Old Goucher residents—including Mateusz—have already begun their training to become city TreeKeepers, trained volunteers who can help expertly plant and care for the new trees. Please join us as we create a lusher, healthier Old Goucher neighborhood!