Rock Creek Blog
Photo: The leaves and flowers of the Tree of Heaven. Photo credit.
Last month we focused on one of Rock Creek Park’s most common native tree species. This month we switch to highlight one of its most invasive, Tree of Heaven also known as Stinking Sumac, Varnish-tree, Stink-tree, and Ailanthus altissima.
Birthdays are a time for reflection, and with Rock Creek Park’s 127th anniversary coming up later this month (September 27, 1890), there is, in fact, much to be content about this year.
For instance, after decades of planning and securing funding, Beach Drive began being repaved. As a bicyclist, I am particularly excited about this—no more rough road! Additionally, after 25 years of debate, Klingle Valley Park reopened, this time in the form of a cleaner stream courtesy of the green infrastructure along its length, and with a paved trail rather than roadway. Way before the year 2017 though, even before Rock Creek Park was established in 1890, there were several important years that contributed to the Rock Creek Valley’s rich heritage.
Native Plant Spotlight: Chestnut Oak (Quercus prinus)
This Chesnut Oak in Battery Kemble Park is a champion for a reason! It is the largest individual tree of its species in the country. Yes, I said "individual." Each of these "trunks" is part of the same tree!
This week we worked on erosion control at Woodend Sanctuary, headquarters of Audubon Naturalist Society.
RC3 is learning about the Watershed. Here are the top 3 things they want you to learn too.
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