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Montgomery Parks removing infested Ash trees along Rock Creek Trail & Beach Drive.

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———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Chotiner, Melissa <melissa.chotiner@montgomeryparks.org>
Date: Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 12:02 PM
Subject: Please share with RCHCA – tree removal

Hello:

I am contacting you on behalf of Montgomery Parks with important information I hope you will share with the members of your communities and organizations.

This email is a follow-up to our initial communication in the fall about this subject.

Montgomery Parks Arboriculture staff have assessed ash trees along Rock Creek Trail and Beach Drive which are infested by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The infestation is moving quicker than we originally predicted. Symptoms that signal the rapid decline of these trees are excessive woodpecker damage and unexpected breaking and falling limbs. Montgomery Parks is most concerned with trees and limbs that could compromise the safety of park patrons on the trail or parkway. To address this safety concern, park tree crews are removing trees that are hazardous to the parkway and trail. Tree crews are currently removing trees at Beach Dr. and Connecticut Ave. We anticipate additional tree removal to begin within the next 4-6 weeks between Garret Park Dr. and the DC line. There are approximately 1000 ash trees in this area of Rock Creek that will need to be removed. There are hundreds of other ash trees that are not within striking distance of the trail which will not be addressed. Please expect unplanned temporary trail and parkway closures as we address this safety concern. Montgomery Parks is committed to maintaining tree canopy cover in these environmentally sensitive areas and will be replanting in areas where ash trees are removed.

Please see the attached FAQ document and flyer about EAB [NOTE: Flyer contents are copied & pasted below! -JP]. For more information, please see www.MontgomeryParks.org/EAB. You may also contact Colter Burkes with any questions or comments at Colter.Burkes@MontgomeryParks.org.

Background on EAB

EAB is a non-native invasive beetle from Asia that feeds on the inner bark of the Ash tree causing the tree to die within 1- 3 years. The bug was detected in Montgomery County (2012) and is now starting to show signs of the damage to ash trees. Ash is a predominant tree species in many of Montgomery Parks’ Stream Valleys and developed parks.

Montgomery Parks is in the process of inventorying areas most impacted by EAB and creating a schedule to treat and remove trees that are affected in order to address this public safety and environmental issue.

Sincerely,

Melissa Chotiner

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Emerald Ash Borer in Montgomery Parks
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a non-native invasive beetle from Asia that feeds on the inner bark of the ash tree causing the tree to die within 1 – 3 years. The bug is infesting all ash trees in Montgomery County and throughout Montgomery Parks. Parks’ staff are in the process of addressing the issue with an aggressive plan of action which includes inventorying of trees and removal of hazardous ones. More details are available at www.MontgomeryParks.org/EAB.
Frequently Asked Questions on Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
Q: What are the signs of EAB and what impact will it have on ash trees in Montgomery Parks?
Trees infested with EAB will feature several symptoms (which are very difficult to detect until the tree is heavily infested). Symptoms include increased woodpecker activity, 1/8” D-shaped holes in the bark, epicomic sprout growth, cracks or splitting of the bark, serpentine galleries under the bark. EAB will cause infested ash trees to die within 1 – 3 years. An estimated 2-4% of trees in Montgomery county are ash mainly consentrated in streams valleys. All three native species of ash, the green, white and black are affected. All ash trees greater than ½” diameter are at risk.
Q. What is Montgomery Parks doing about EAB?
Montgomery Parks’ Arboriculture Section staff have begun removing dead ash trees that present the greatest risk to the safety of park patrons. At the same time, staff is inventorying areas with the densest populations of ash to prioritize the schedule for removal. Updated information of tree removal locations will be available at www.MontgomeryParks.org/EAB.
Q. How can I help?
Park visitors are encouraged to report dead, hazardous and/or infested trees to Montgomery Parks’ Service Center by phone 301-670-8080 or email service.center@montgomeryparks.org
Q. Will Montgomery Parks replace trees where ash are removed?
Areas where Ash trees are removed will be assessed for replacement trees. Maintaining the tree canopy is very important to Montgomery Parks.
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2015 Halloween Parade & Potluck

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Come to the RCHCA Neighborhood HALLOWEEN PARTY tomorrow!!

Everyone is Welcome.

It’ll be a FUN day: First enjoy the Pumpkin Rock & Roll party at Warner Circle Park in Kensington from 12-4pm… then join us in time for the RCHCA Costume Parade at 3:30pm by Rock Creek Hills local Park and stay for dinner, good company and SPOOOKY brew!

When: Saturday, Oct. 31
3:30pm – Costume Parade starts at the corner of Littledale Rd. & Haverhill Dr.
4pm – 6pm – Time to Party!
Where: 3500 Saul Road (Thank you Sam Statland)
What to wear: Something Halloweeny

We’ll have grills fired up (We’ll have hot dogs, hamburgers, turkey burgers and vegi-burgers to share. If you’d like to grill your own “something special” – you can.) Otherwise, enjoy what we have.  Inflatable bungee basket ball throw (kids vs. adults challenge?), an art table, and time to enjoy each other.

Please bring a dish to share. If your last name begins with, bring:
A-I appetizers
J-R salads/sides
S-Z dessert

Save the Date for our Annual RCHCA Halloween Party & Parade!

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When:
Saturday, Oct. 31
3:30pm – The Costume Parade begins at the corner of Littledale Rd. & Haverhill Dr
4pm – 6pm – Time to Party!

Where: 3500 Saul Road (Thank you Sam Statland)

What to wear: Something Halloweeny!!!

We’ll have inflatable games, art projects, and please bring a dish to share. If your last name begins with, please bring:

  • A-I appetizers
  • J-R salads/sides
  • S-Z dessert

Contact Erica Weiss if you can help out! ericahertzweiss@gmail.com

Notice Neighborhood Road Closures This Weekend: Saturday Sept 19

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IMPORTANT NOTICE OF ROAD CLOSURES

22nd Annual Kensington 8K Race | Saturday, September 19, 2015
A Town of Kensington Event | Benefiting KP, NB, & WJ Schools

**** KENSINGTON AREA ROADS CLOSED ****
TO ON-STREET PARKING & TRAFFIC,
ROLLING FROM 7:00AM – 10:30AM
ON SATURDAY 9/19/15

Roads Closed (All Times Are Approximate Within 15 minutes):
Armory Ave from Baltimore to Knowles (7am-10:30am)
Armory Ave from Knowles to Howard (8am-9am)
Howard Ave from Armory to Kensington Pkwy (8am-9am)
Kensington Pkwy from Frederick to Washington (8am-10am)
Kensington Pkwy from Washington to Beach (7:30am-9am)
Beach Drive from Connecticut to Stoneybrook (8am-9:30am)
Old Spring Rd from Beach to E. Bexhill (8:15am – 9:30am)
E. Bexhill Drive from Beach to Wake (8:15am-9:45am)
Wake Drive from E. Bexhill to Frederick (8:15am-9:45am)
Frederick Ave from Wake to Kensington Pkwy (8:15am -9:45am)
Baltimore St, Carroll Pl, Hadley Pl, Calvert Pl, Washington St (7am-10am)
Fawcett, Mitchell, Montgomery, Kent Impacted by Road Closures

Crossing Available at These Major Intersections (When Runners Not Present):
Kensington Parkway @ Saul and @ Everett
E. Bexhill Drive @ Saul and @ Kent

We appreciate your understanding of and support for this annual community event.
Runners, Walkers & Course Marshals Welcome!
Cheering Appreciated Too!
Sign-Up to Run or Volunteer @ www.kensington8k.org

Questions? E-mail info@kensington8k.org

Washington Gas Line Replacement Project

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Please note the information that was provided to us by Kelly Caplan of Washington Gas:

Good afternoon. I just left you and Suzanne Bowler voicemails about the
upcoming Washington Gas line replacement project that will begin in your
neighborhood in* late July/early Aug*.

The goal is to replace the natural gas mains and services in that area with
plastic pipes. Please call me back and I can fill you in regarding
additional details and/or my team can come to an upcoming meeting to
present the project to the neighborhood. Just please let me know. Below are
some details about the project. Affected residents will receive
notification in the mail regarding this project.

Here are the basics:

  • *Glencrest Lane and surrounding area: 8,965 feet of main & 75 services
    to homes and businesses *
  • *Including addresses on E. Bexhill Dr., E. Stanhope Rd., Calvend Ln.,
    Hawick Ct., Kensington Pkwy., Kingston Rd., Saul Rd., and W. Bexhill Dr.*

*FACT SHEET*

In our ongoing effort to provide safe and reliable natural gas service,
Washington Gas will begin construction to replace gas main and service
lines. The selection of mains and services to be replaced is based on a
number of criteria including age of pipe, leak history, type of material as
well as other factors.

*What Residents & Business Owners Should Expect:*

• Washington Gas will provide a letter/communications throughout the
project to customers directly impacted by construction efforts.

• Crews will install a new plastic gas main. Service crews will then
start the replacement of existing services.

• Prior to the actual start of the service replacement, customers will
be contacted by a technician to schedule the date of their service
replacement.

• Every effort will be made to minimize disruption to homeowners’
properties.

• Gas will be off during the service replacement, but no longer than
one day and we will work with the businesses to allow them to continue to
operate.

• Please note that the time needed to complete the construction taking
place in front of individual properties will vary but, in general, will not
be longer than a few days, depending on conditions.

• Relighting of gas appliances will be performed after the service
replacement is completed. Customers must allow the service crews access to
all gas appliances to ensure a safe restoration of gas service.

• Our crews will make temporary repairs to any excavations in the
roadway and sidewalk. Permanent paving repairs will follow as quickly as
possible, after all work has been completed, to as closely to as-found
condition as is possible.

*Kelly Gibson Caplan*

Community Outreach Manager

WAFF Administrator

Washington Gas

101 Constitution Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20080

202-624-6335 (o)

703-408-2652 (c)

202-624-6010 (f)

www.washingtongas.com

Learn more and DONATE at www.washingtonareafuelfund.org

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*ONE COMPANY. ONE TEAM.*

RCHCA Dues Payment Can Now be Paid Online

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Whoo-hoo!  Finally got it going…You can now pay your RCHCA dues online via the Online Directory and the Purchases tab. Payment may be through PayPal or credit card.  Follow the instructions below, and contact hoxiesam@gmail.com if you experience any problems.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PAYING DUES ONLINE:
  1. Login to the Online Directory from a desktop or laptop computer using your username & @ https://atozdirectories.com/home/login.php
    (If you have already accessed the online directory before and can’t remember your password, click forgot password – follow the prompts on the screen to retrieve password. If you need a login, email hoxiesam@gmail.com with your name & address and she will email you your login information. Only current residents of Rock Creek Hills may have access to the Online Directory.)
  2. Go to the “Purchases” Tab
  3. System will display the item to purchase “RCHCA 2015 Membership  Dues”
  4. Click “Add to Cart”
  5. Click “Continue to Checkout”
  6. Verify the information shown (name, address, email, etc.) and press “Save”
  7. Follow the prompts to pay via PayPal or Credit Card.
  8. A confirmation will be sent to the email on file.

Creek Week Creek Critters Blitz! Sunday, June 14 10:30-12:30

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Rock Creek Hills Citizens Association – Silver Creek Stream Team
Creek Week Creek Critters Blitz!

CREEK CRITTERS: MACROINVERTEBRATE SAMPLING MADE EASY!
Sunday, June 14, 2015 from 10:30AM – 12:30PM EDT

Join the Rock Creek Hills Silver Creek Stream Team, Audubon Naturalist Society, and Rock Creek Conservancy to learn to use the newly-released “Creek Critters” smart phone app. The app guides beginners through the process of getting into a stream, collecting small aquatic insects that live in the stream, and identifying those critters to create a stream health report. The program is geared towards ages 8-80, and all are welcome to join! This is a great activity for parent-child teams!

Please join us for this fun and educational activity for kids and adults! Sign up at: Creek Week Creek Critters Blitz!

Please download the FREE “Creek Critters” app before you come to the stream. iPhone users can download the app from the Apple App Store. Android users can download the app from Google Play.

When: Sunday, June 14, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Where: We will be working in the Silver Creek section of Rock Creek in Montgomery County. We will meet at the intersection of Saul Road and Kensington Parkway in Kensington, MD. We will collect samplings along the Silver Creek between East Bexhill Drive and Littledale Road.

What to bring: Bring your smartphone. Wear boots or shoes that you don’t mind getting wet and plan on staying for at least 30 minutes.

What will be provided: We’ll provide all collection and identification materials, including waterproof pouches for your phones.

Leader Contact: Laura Dennis, ldennis99@comcast.net

Heavy Equipment at the Park

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Dear neighbors,

As you may have noticed, heavy equipment has been used to bulldoze some of the woodlands of Rock Creek Hills Park (you can see a photo at <http://goo.gl/5u0oFH>, which is the post now atop <http://SaveRockCreekHillsPark.org>).

Our understanding is that this bulldozing was done to facilitate surveying and geological testing; that the park’s recreational facilities (ballfields, playground, etc.) will not be directly affected; and that groundbreaking for construction remains scheduled for July of 2015.

The transfer of the park land appears to be unlawful. Litigation seeking to enforce the law and protect the park is pending. If this litigation is successful, then the transfer, and the recent destruction, will have to be reversed, and trees planted to remediate the damage.

If you wish to donate to the legal defense of the park, you may do so online at <http://tinyurl.com/ca9kp5m>.

Thank you.

Sincerely yours,
Jim Pekar
RCHCA President

Information on 2011 Leaf Collections for Rock Creek Hills

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Visit: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/hwytmpl.asp?url=/content/dot/highway/vacuum.asp

Excerpts from the website:

The 2011 Leaf Collection Season will begin the first or second week in November, 2011.

If your home is not in the Leaf Collection District, click here for information to become included in the Leaf Collection Program.

The Leaf Collection Program continues for 6 to 8 weeks, and includes postings for 2 scheduled pick-ups.

First collection. We will post green signs throughout the work areas several days before our crews’ arrival. We will attempt to allow a weekend for residents to rake their leaves to the edge of the road for vacuum pick-up. Signs will be removed after our crews complete each street.

The second and final fall collection will begin after Thanksgiving. The timing will depend on weather conditions. Red signs will indicate that this is the final collection. The same posting, collection, and sign removal procedures are used for both vacuum collections.

If you believe that your leaves may have been missed, please contact the MC311 call center by clicking in the MC311 logo on the left or by dialing 311. Additionally, you may call DHS at 240-777-7623.

The actual collection of the leaves can be affected by rain, snow and ice. These factors may cause a longer than normal collection effort. Depending on the severity of the inclement weather (which affects the ability of our leaf vacuums to collect leaves) other means of collection, such as front-end loaders, may be employed.

Residents Should:

  • Note the information on the posted signs
  • Rake leaves to the road edge (see pictures) or place leaves in paper yard waste bags.
  • Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be collected.
  • Keep parked vehicles away from leaf piles

Residents Should Not:

  • Place leaf piles in the street
  • Place sticks or other debris in the leaves
  • Place leaves in plastic bags
  • Block access to leaf piles by parking cars on or in front of leaf piles

Cedar Lane between Beach Drive & Parkhill will be closed on or about June 16 through August 24

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Cedar Lane will be closed on our about June 16, 2011 at 7:00 PM. The closure
is necessary to allow for demolition and reconstruction of the existing
bridge over Rock Creek on an accelerated schedule. The road is scheduled to
be reopened on or about August 24, 2011. Adverse weather could impact the
start and end dates of the road closure. Any changes to this schedule will
be posted on signs in the work zone. The limits of the road closure are from
Beach Drive to Parkhill Drive. Motorists should follow the posted detour
route. Pedestrians and bicyclists may use a temporary pedestrian bridge to
cross Rock Creek. The temporary pedestrian bridge is located adjacent to the
existing bridge. Please exercise caution when traveling through the work
zone.