Author Archives: Nora Palmatier

Storms and Trees: Are Trees Dangerous?

REPUBLISHED June 30, 2012  — the information is still relevant for the horrendous storm last night.  We hope to have electricity to cover the recent storm soon!!! In the evening of July 3, 2011, a violent storm ripped thru northern … Continue reading

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Vacationing with Aspens…and bears

The Nature Conservancy’s Pine Butte Ranch in Montana is nestled into the Rocky Mountain Front – the vast plains and prairies stop at the lodges’ front door, and the back door path leads to mountains covered with pines, firs and … Continue reading

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How Much Does It Cost To Water Your Trees?

My Arlington County Utility bill just came. Since its been so dry this spring, I’ve watered my trees weekly and  I’m very interested in what this costs. Both water and sewer fee are charged per 1000 gallons of use, and currently … Continue reading

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Bluemont Junction Trail Update: April 13, 2012

If you walk or bike to Ballston Metro from the south-west, chances are you use the trail that cuts thru parkland from the intersection of George Mason Drive/Wilson Boulevard to the Fairfax Drive/I 66 exit. Did y0u wonder why 100 white pin flags suddenly appeared throughout … Continue reading

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Arlington Tree Canopy Fund LOI: April 13, 2012

If you are a resident of Arlington, you have a great opportunity to get native canopy trees planted in your neighborhood.  This program is only for planting on private property (grounds of private houses, apartment buildings, condominiums, churches, etc.) and not … Continue reading

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Trees Saved from Choking Hazard: Campaign Blasts Off

Our trees add value to our properties and quality to our lives. That is why we’ve invested so much time and money into landscaping, nurturing and maintaining our trees and gardens. The investment is worth it. Unfortunately, what looks like a … Continue reading

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SUCCESS: Locust Tree Liberated from Ivy

Last winter, the 2011 TreeSteward class had a work day on the Bluemont Connector Trail in Arlington.  A large black locust tree was found to be smothered in English Ivy.  TreeStewards worked to free the poor tree by using the … Continue reading

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1200 Trees Adopted into Good Arlington Homes

The Arlington Tree Distribution was held the weekend of October 15 and 16 at the county nursery and it was incredibly successful! Over 500 households picked up trees for themselves and neighbors, and 26 Condos or Home Owners Associations picked … Continue reading

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Selfish People and Selfish Trees?

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in” says an ancient Greek proverb. So what does it mean when our society is intent on planting trees that grow quickly? One … Continue reading

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Storms and Trees: Part One

A tree fell on our house this winter; actually it was worse than that. Two trees fell on our house. In late January, we were sitting at the dining room table watching the heavy wet snowflakes blanket our backyard when … Continue reading

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