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August 18, 2011
I am extremely happy about the attention the press and citizens of Baltimore are devoting to the city's trees. The Sun's editorial ("Standing up for city trees" Aug 15) accurately highlights the crisis we face in increasing Baltimore's tree canopy while at the same time reconciling large budget cuts and promoting economic development. Upon my arrival this year I was briefed on the city's tree plan with the Grand Prix organization, and I agree it can be a win-win for both parties.
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By Ellen Nibali and For The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
A plant shot up about 6 feet in our yard recently. I never saw flowers, but the seeds remind me of ragweed. The leaf is not lacy like ragweed, though. It looks more like a stork footprint. What am I dealing with? There is a bumper crop of ragweed this year, and you have a species known as giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida), as opposed to common ragweed (Ambrosia artemissiifolia). Unfortunately, giant ragweed pollen causes highly allergic reactions, just like the more familiar species.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | September 24, 1999
St. John's College officials will wait to decide the fate of Maryland's ailing Liberty Tree early next week, after a state-commissioned arborist says whether the 96-foot tulip poplar can be saved.The 400-year-old tree on St. John's front lawn -- the only survivor of the original 13 under which colonists gathered in the 1770s to incite revolt against British rule -- took a beating last week from Hurricane Floyd.In the aftermath of the storm, officials of the Annapolis college discovered a 15-foot-long crack down the middle of the tree's trunk and a large branch breaking away toward a nearby dormitory.
NEWS
August 25, 2014
Like the arrival of a Medieval plague, alien invaders are knocking on Baltimore's door. No, we are not talking about foreign armies storming the beaches or bug-eyed creatures from outer space bent on global domination. But it's almost as bad. We are referring, of course, to the recent appearance in Baltimore of the emerald ash borer, a species of voracious Asian beetle that since 2006 has killed millions of white and green ash trees in its relentless march across North America. In June, city arborists trapped a couple of the critters in Druid Hill Park, a sure sign that more are on the way. If nothing is done, some 290,000 ash trees on city owned property could be at risk of being wiped out over the next few years.
NEWS
By Alia Malik and Alia Malik,Sun reporter | July 25, 2007
Baltimore officials are considering seeking increased regulation of private trees after close to 20 historic trees were chopped down or pruned excessively in the Marble Hall Gardens apartment complex in Northwood. The trees, which stood in a courtyard in the 4200 block of Kelway Road, were mostly oaks and were probably 60 to 100 years old, said City Arborist Rebecca Feldberg. In the past two weeks, seven were chopped down and about 10 were pruned to the point where they were damaged, Feldberg said.
NEWS
By Rachel D. Mansour and Rachel D. Mansour,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | September 28, 1999
Two hundred pairs of eyes under orange hard hats peered up at Rip Tompkins yesterday as he perched in a dead, 60-foot oak tree, dismembering it branch by branch and lowering the pieces with ropes and pulleys.The surgical precision won a round of applause from his peers, gathered in Annapolis for the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.Barely recovered from a long week's cleanup after Hurricane Floyd, the arborists stood in the morning mist and drizzle at Quiet Waters Park watching Tompkins, a former world champion tree climber and co-founder of the Connecticut-based ArborMaster Training Inc., which teaches the right way to climb trees and take them down.
NEWS
By JOE PALAZZOLO | April 2, 2006
Rebecca Feldberg Occupation City arborist for the Baltimore Division of Forestry, the arm of the Department of Recreation and Parks that tends to the approximately 500,000 trees planted in city parklands, plazas and along streets. In the news Feldberg's division announced last week its goal of doubling Baltimore's tree canopy - the area covered by leaves - in the next 30 years. The canopy, which now covers about 20 percent of Baltimore, is expected to conserve energy, reduce pollution and raise property values as it expands.
NEWS
By Ellen Nibali and For The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
A plant shot up about 6 feet in our yard recently. I never saw flowers, but the seeds remind me of ragweed. The leaf is not lacy like ragweed, though. It looks more like a stork footprint. What am I dealing with? There is a bumper crop of ragweed this year, and you have a species known as giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida), as opposed to common ragweed (Ambrosia artemissiifolia). Unfortunately, giant ragweed pollen causes highly allergic reactions, just like the more familiar species.
FEATURES
By Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld | February 23, 2008
Our big tree has some dead limbs and didn't look right last summer. We don't see any insects or diseases though. For the most knowledgeable, unbiased house call, we recommend that you contact a certified arborist to look at your tree. Many are associated with nurseries. To find an arborist near you who is certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, go to our Web site link under Trees, or you can call us at the number below. Arborists usually give a diagnosis and recommend treatment for no charge.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,jacques.kelly@baltsun.com | February 9, 2010
Gangster Al Capone's departing gift to Baltimore was heavily damaged in this weekend's blizzard. A 70-year-old weeping cherry tree, which the legendary mobster gave Union Memorial Hospital after he was treated there for syphilis, split in two Saturday, causing a major limb to fall to the ground. Each April, the East 33rd Street tree sends out cascades of pink blossoms. "I can't care if Capone was infamous or just famous, that tree he gave us was like a still-life fireworks display," said Stephen Alexander, a woodworker who spotted the tree damage as he walked his dog. "And I wonder what's going to happen to all that nice cherry wood."
NEWS
August 18, 2011
I am extremely happy about the attention the press and citizens of Baltimore are devoting to the city's trees. The Sun's editorial ("Standing up for city trees" Aug 15) accurately highlights the crisis we face in increasing Baltimore's tree canopy while at the same time reconciling large budget cuts and promoting economic development. Upon my arrival this year I was briefed on the city's tree plan with the Grand Prix organization, and I agree it can be a win-win for both parties.
FEATURES
By Susan Reimer | February 10, 2010
Local arborists have been swamped with calls to deal with damage to historic cherry trees, common oaks and towering evergreens loaded down by the overwhelming snowfall. "We can't even begin to get a handle on it," said Frank Fogle, arborist for Baltimore's Davey Tree, one of the oldest tree services in the country. "We've been hearing from all the ZIP codes," said Fogle from Davey's Falls Road office. "Just got a call from Mount Vernon. A magnolia is breaking up over there."
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,jacques.kelly@baltsun.com | February 9, 2010
Gangster Al Capone's departing gift to Baltimore was heavily damaged in this weekend's blizzard. A 70-year-old weeping cherry tree, which the legendary mobster gave Union Memorial Hospital after he was treated there for syphilis, split in two Saturday, causing a major limb to fall to the ground. Each April, the East 33rd Street tree sends out cascades of pink blossoms. "I can't care if Capone was infamous or just famous, that tree he gave us was like a still-life fireworks display," said Stephen Alexander, a woodworker who spotted the tree damage as he walked his dog. "And I wonder what's going to happen to all that nice cherry wood."
NEWS
By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,liz.kay@baltsun.com | December 7, 2008
THE PROBLEM : A tree marked last spring for removal still towered over Christmas shoppers. THE BACKSTORY: This is the time of year when many people are putting up trees, but Elizabeth Conkling wanted one to come down. In April, her sister had called 311 to request that the tree in front of Conkling's home in Ridgley's Delight be trimmed. Someone came out to inspect it and posted a sign on the trunk. It stated that the tree was both dead and diseased and would be cut down Oct. 2 or 3 - Conkling wasn't sure which because the sign had disappeared.
NEWS
By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,liz.kay@baltsun.com | November 16, 2008
The problem: Unplanted trees appear to be dying in a Recreation and Parks lot. The backstory: Daniel and Melissa Burke have been puzzling over an unusual sight during their regular runs through Druid Hill Park. In early summer, they noticed unplanted trees with their root balls covered in burlap sitting in a city Department of Recreation and Parks lot within the park, sometimes under a sprinkler. "I thought it was great - there's going to be more trees somewhere in the city," Melissa Burke said.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2008
Morgan Lisle Arborist A&A Tree Experts, Pikesville Salary --$52,000 Age --35 Years on the job --10 How he got started --After graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Lisle needed a job but decided not to pursue art. Instead, he opted for a career outdoors, answering an advertisement for climbers at a tree-care company. "I didn't want to do art and be cooped up in a studio all the time. I was already into [being] outdoors and into exercise and fitness. This was really exciting."
NEWS
By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,liz.kay@baltsun.com | December 7, 2008
THE PROBLEM : A tree marked last spring for removal still towered over Christmas shoppers. THE BACKSTORY: This is the time of year when many people are putting up trees, but Elizabeth Conkling wanted one to come down. In April, her sister had called 311 to request that the tree in front of Conkling's home in Ridgley's Delight be trimmed. Someone came out to inspect it and posted a sign on the trunk. It stated that the tree was both dead and diseased and would be cut down Oct. 2 or 3 - Conkling wasn't sure which because the sign had disappeared.
FEATURES
By Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld | February 23, 2008
Our big tree has some dead limbs and didn't look right last summer. We don't see any insects or diseases though. For the most knowledgeable, unbiased house call, we recommend that you contact a certified arborist to look at your tree. Many are associated with nurseries. To find an arborist near you who is certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, go to our Web site link under Trees, or you can call us at the number below. Arborists usually give a diagnosis and recommend treatment for no charge.
NEWS
By Alia Malik and Alia Malik,Sun reporter | July 25, 2007
Baltimore officials are considering seeking increased regulation of private trees after close to 20 historic trees were chopped down or pruned excessively in the Marble Hall Gardens apartment complex in Northwood. The trees, which stood in a courtyard in the 4200 block of Kelway Road, were mostly oaks and were probably 60 to 100 years old, said City Arborist Rebecca Feldberg. In the past two weeks, seven were chopped down and about 10 were pruned to the point where they were damaged, Feldberg said.
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