Dear Belmont Greene Residents,
Over the last few years, the Belmont Greene Board of Directors has worked with Arborists and local experts to research options to address the dead and dying Ash trees throughout the community that have been impacted with Emerald Ash Bore infestation. This month, the Board approved the first phase of the community tree rejuvenation plan for affected Ash trees along upper Middlebury Street, Hazelton Street, Kirkland Street, and around Rockwell Park.
This project will replace all dead and dying Ash trees with new Sugar Maple and Black Gum trees, which are native to Virginia and more resistant to pests and drought. This decision is based on the recommendations and research of Arborists and local experts. The Board feels that this approach is the most cost effective and best long-term solution to the Emerald Ash Bore infestation. The chosen trees will be less prone to disease, and by mixing two tree species, we will create a better-balanced tree eco-system in the community.
The tree rejuvenation project will begin on February 22nd at 8:00 am, with completion scheduled by the end of March 2018. Tree removal is scheduled for February 22nd and 23rd and we ask that residents remove all vehicles from the streets listed no later than 8:00 am on February 22nd. This will allow the tree contractor clear access and the ability to perform the tree removal process without hindrance or complications. During tree removal, these streets will have very limited vehicle access during daytime hours.
The installation of new healthy vibrant trees will begin on March 12th. The plan is for a one-for-one replacement ratio of existing Ash trees along the streets in Phase 1. All project dates are weather dependent and the contractor will work as efficiently as possible to maintain the project schedule should weather issues arise. The contractor will stake all new trees and clean-up debris resulting from removal and installation activities.
Please feel free to contact the Belmont Greene HOA office if you have any further questions, by calling 703-724-1583 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Belmont Greene Board of Directors