Lake Linganore Association Community News The Official Notification Publication of the Lake Linganore Association Ella Heffernan Enjoying Lake Ice. Photo Taken by Cheri Gajeski
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Meet the Board of Directors Dana Schlichting President
Glenn Weigle Vice President
John Allemang Treasurer
Liz Timberlake Secretary
Chris Vermillion Director
Phillip Wagner Director
Mark DeBord Director
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BoD Meetings BoD meetings are held the first Monday of the month. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the Lake Linganore Association office. The meeting agenda is e-mailed to the community the morning of the meeting date or the Friday before. Workshops are held every 3rd Monday of the month. This is a working session for the Board of Directors.
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John Peters [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Cary Frey [MeadowsVillage@gmail.com] Cindy Hoffman
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Dennis Woofter [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Lisa Martinis [email@example.com] Pat Veon [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Pinehurst Kay Riddle [email@example.com]
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Committee Chairs & Group Leaders Trailblazers
Katrinka Westendorf [LLATrailblazers@gmail.com] Kathy Murtagh
Friends of the Lake Committee
Christine Dagostino [FriendsofLakeLinganore@gmail.com]
Bob Charles [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Environmental Control Committee
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John Allemang [email@example.com]
Ryan Burroughs [firstname.lastname@example.org] Nick Nilan Scott Marko
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Jose Miletti [LakeLinganoreTennis@gmail.com]
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Meeting Calendar: January - February Calendar
SPC MIOC LLA BoD ECPC Meadows Trails Comm LLCS Pinehurst WW-BoD WW ECC LLA ECC BOD Workshop Contracts Committee Village Chairs Meeting Events BOD & LLCS Aspen Village Condo BOD Audubon Condos LLA Finance Meeting-VM's office
1/2/2014 1/4/2014 1/6/2014 1/8/2014 1/9/2014 1/11/2014 1/13/2014 1/14/2014 1/15/2014 1/15/2014 1/16/2014 1/20/2014 1/21/2014 1/22/2014 1/22/2014 1/27/2014 1/27/2014 1/28/2014 1/28/2014 1/28/2014
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MIOC LLA BoD Coldstream SPC Trails Comm LLCS Pinehurst ECPC Meadows BOD Workshop Contracts Committee WW-BoD WW ECC LLA ECC BOD & LLCS Aspen Village Condo BOD Audubon Condos LLA Finance Meeting-VM's office Village Chairs Meeting Events
2/1/2014 2/3/2014 2/4/2014 2/6/2014 2/8/2014 2/10/2014 2/11/2014 2/12/2014 2/13/2014 2/17/2014 2/18/2014 2/19/2014 2/19/2014 2/20/2014 2/24/2014 2/24/2014 2/25/2014 2/25/2014 2/25/2014 2/26/2014 2/26/2014
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*All meetings are held in the LLA Office at 6718 Coldstream Drive, unless otherwise noted.
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“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.” —Edith Lovejoy Pierce 8
BoD Motions: December 9, 2013 FENCE INSTALLATION APPEAL MOTION: VP Weigle moved to approve the request of Daniel Nisonger to construct a fence on LLA property easement abutting the owner’s property at 6574 Hemlock Point Rd. as presented pending filing the easement with the County at owners expense and with the understanding that any damage to fence as a result of LLA needing to access the property will be at owners expense. Director DeBord 2nd. Vote: 6-0 all in favor. GOLF CART REGULATIONS MOTION: Director Vermillion moved to adopt the “Golf Cart Rules & Regulations” and the “Golf Cart Liability Waiver” as presented and posted on the LLA website for the past 30 days. Director DeBord 2nd. Vote: 6-0 All in favor. CDA FUNDING MOTION: Secretary Timberlake moved to approve payment of the CDA invoices not to exceed $126,024.87 per the invoice break down presented in the December 9th, 2013 Board Packet. Treasure Allemang 2nd. Vote: 6-0 all in favor. FY2015 BUDGET APPROVAL GM Kimble stated there were 3 residents that provided feedback on the budget; 1 resident from Aspen, 1 from WestWinds and 1 from Balmoral. MOTION: Pres. Schlichting moved to approve the FY2015 budget as presented to the membership at the December 2nd, 2013 Annual Budget Meeting. Secretary Timberlake 2nd. Vote 6-0 All in favor. FY2015 DUES ASSESSMENT RATE MOTION: Pres. Schlichting moved to approve the FY2015 Dues assessment rate as presented to the membership at the December 2nd, 2013 Annual Budget Meeting of 35.5 cents per $100 of MD assessed property value averaged per village. Director DeBord 2nd. Vote 6-0 All in favor.
Trailblazers Report: January 2014 At monthly work sessions in 2013 the Committee performed light maintenance work on several trails in various locations throughout the LLA community. The scope of work included spot-pruning encroaching vegetation, removing small branches and limbs that had fallen across the path, blazing trail re-routes if necessary, marking trails and picking up trash along the pathways. Members also monitored/reported deteriorating trail conditions and needed emergency repairs to LLA staff. Thanks to the maintenance crew for their quick response to our reports. During 2013 LLA staff and/or contractors completed several projects that had been “in the works” for a long time. In Pinehurst Village a short trail connecting West Lakeridge Road to the Pinehurst Lake Trail was finalized. Another connector trail linking the Audubon North Townhomes with Eaglehead Drive, the Audubon Lake Access Trail and ultimately Lake Linganore was established. A striped crosswalk across Eaglehead Drive and several parking slots in a pull-off area completed this project. A long section of the Summerfield Trail
behind the homes on Mississippi Lane was repaired and repaved. Thanks to staff for the completion of these trail projects. In April at the request of Bob Kimble, the LLA General Manager, Committee co-chairs developed and submitted a village-by-village list of repairs needed on the trails in the LLA trail network. In October we gave Mr. Kimble a short list of suggested repairs for trails in Westwinds, to be included in the FY 2014-2015 budget. Throughout the year Trailblazers co-chairs had several on-site meetings with staff, village committee chairs, and a developer to discuss existing and future trails, and trail projects in Westwinds, Coldstream, Pinehurst and North Audubon Townhomes. For information about the Trailblazers Committee, go to LLATrailblazers@gamil.com, or contact either Katrinka Westendorf (301-8653519) or Kathy Murtagh (301-865-3661).
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Notices & Reminders Yard Waste: Disposal Options
The LLA yard waste service ends in November and will begin again in Spring 2014. Frederick County offers free disposal sites. LLA residents are encouraged to take advantage of these county options. Unbagged leaves, grass clippings, brush trimmings and limbs (no longer than 8’ long and 6” in diameter) can be left by residents at two County locations at no cost:
closing of Ridgecrest Road in Pinehurst at the end of Twin Lakes Drive. This action was prompted by safety concerns due to a high volume of Suppliers and Equipment deliveries at this time. This was approved in consideration that no one currently lives on Ridgecrest Road.
Walkersville’s Heritage Farm Park 9224 Devilbiss Bridge Road Residential Drop Off Only April 1 - October 31 (9am to 7pm) November 1 - March 31 (9am to 4pm)
The road closure is allowed between the hours of 7am-7pm Monday through Friday. Contractors who do have access must provide signage at both intersections indicating the road is closed and remove the signage at the end of work every day. Any property owners needing access to their vacant lots on Ridgecrest Rd. should contact LLA management prior to arrival for coordination of access. This Road closure will remain in effect until further notice and is anticipated to remain active until April 2014.
Attention Home Builders & Remodelers
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The Board of LLA approved Storm Water
Management plans incorporated into past and present road and drainage designs accepted by Frederick County regarding Villages within Lake Linganore at Eaglehead are required to be signed, stamped and certified by a Maryland Professional Engineer as in compliance for all designs submitted to LLA through ECC by anyone. To help applicants comply with this requirement LLA Management has provided access to the road and drainage plans for the 5 villages of the CDA on the LLA website. Design Engineer’s and owner’s alike can now enjoy easy access to construction plans utilized to reconstruct the SWM and roads of the 5 Villages of the CDA. All other plans and designs approved by Frederick County Storm Water Management Division are available at Frederick County Department of Planning and Design Review.
Compliance Corner A list of common compliance issues that have either been reported to the Lake Linganore Homeowners Association or have been observed by staff while in the community. Please understand compliance is used to help maintain property values. If you have received a letter feel free to reach out to the Village Manger with any questions or concerns. Remember to check regulations regarding changes to the property with current ECC guidelines before beginning work. *All excerpts came directly from the Rules and Regulations that can be found on our website at: www.lakelinganore.org
With the holiday season approaching; please remember to remove any holiday decorations within days of the holiday. Holiday Displays Plastic and inflatable holiday displays, ornaments placed in trees and/or shrubs, or any other holiday decorations may not remain displayed year-round and must be removed within 10 days after the holiday related to the display.
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Exterior Lighting Exterior lighting such as string lights, holiday lights, or other non-permanent lighting (such as lamp posts) may only be temporarily displayed for a holiday related event.
These temporary lights may not remain displayed yearround and must be removed within 10 days after the holiday related to the light display.
During the winter months and winter weather, please remember to store all snow shovels, sleds and snow blowers appropriately. Prevent Unkempt Building and Grounds It shall be the responsibility of each lot owner to prevent the development of any unclean, unsightly or unkempt conditions of buildings or grounds on such lot which shall tend to substantially decrease the beauty of the neighborhood as a whole or in the specific area.
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CALL FOR CANDIDATES Understanding The Nomination Process
To run for the Board of Directors in Lake Linganore, you must be a member (specifically a "property owner" of a lot or home). Interested members must complete a Candidate Profile Form, available on the LLA website homepage at: www.lakelinganore.org This form will request a series of information needed to verify property ownership, good standing status and general qualifications. Licensed & Insured ◆ MHIC #89500 ◆ Locally Owned & Operated
All Members interested in running for the Board of Directors, must submit a Candidate Profile Form by 5:00pm, on March 1, 2014.
Prospective Candidates must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for nomination. According to the LLA Covenants, Prospective Candidates must submit: 1. A candidate must be a member (property owner) of the Association in good standing. All assessments, fees, fines, and all other monetary obligations to the Association must be current in status. To verify your financial status, please contact Gary Jenkins, Finance Manager at 301-831-6400 x114 <email@example.com> 2. Candidates may not have any outstanding covenant violations on any LLA property. To verify that you do not have any violations, please contact Brett Hamilton, Village Manager, at 301-831-6400 x112 or email him at, <firstname.lastname@example.org> 3. Candidates must submit a Letter of Disclosure, stating whether or not they have any current business connections to the LLA, the Eaglehead declarant or the LLA property developer.
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All candidates who wish to submit their names for nomination must provide information requested in the Candidate Profile Form, in accordance with the LLA Bylaws, Article III, Section 3, Election of Directors and Terms of Office. laketalk january-2014 11
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FOR SALE 20ft 1987 Sweetwater Party boat - new carpet, new seats, bimini top, 55lb electric motor + battaries (no trailer) - $1650, contact Don at 301 865-3421 and firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR SALE Pontoon boat and trailer 2001 Boat is 13x6. Fiberglass construction / seats 6 including 2 swivel for fishing. (seats have no cracks). 4 batteries only 2 years old (built in charging system) / stereo / table / full cover / shade canopy. Good condition fits in one car garage on trailer. I have no time to use wish I did. Asking $2,800.00 or best offer. 240-328-7177
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Winter Weather Plan The LLA Winter Weather Plan is to be enacted any time there is the potential for a winter precipitation event including snow, sleet and/or freezing rain as pronounced by the National Weather Service. The purpose of this plan is to ensure that roadways are clear of vehicle traffic and parked cars to allow for the safe passage of snow removal equipment and emergency service vehicles. This plan will go into effect no more than eight hours prior to the forecasted weather event and will remain in effect no more than eight hours after precipitation has ceased. Residents are asked to do the following in snow emergency situations: •
Do not park on the streets; park in your garage or driveway so that snow plows can do their job and emergency vehicles can get through, if needed.
Please remove all basketball hoops, soccer nets, and other portable items that may be damaged by snow plows.
Clear snow from your driveways, driveway culverts, sidewalks, parking areas, heating compressors, mailboxes, nearby fire hydrants, storm drains and trash container areas.
Report hazards and areas in need of maintenance to your Village Manager. In case of an emergency involving community roads and properties after office hours, call 301-293-3802. The information will immediately be reported to LLA officials.
Four-wheel drive and snowmobile owners are asked to be available to assist neighbors with emergency medical access needs or other service assistance.
The following roads are deemed “Snow Emergency Routes.” Parking along these roads will be prohibited during a storm event once the Winter Weather Plan is effective. Vehicles parked along these roads during a storm event will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Snow Emergency Routes ASPEN: Accipiter Dr. BALMORAL: Balmoral Ridge (includes mailbox area) COLDSTREAM: Coldstream Dr./Coolfont Crossing/Eaglehead Dr. MEADOWS: Fox Chase Rd./Fox Chase Crossing/Meadowlake Rd. NIGHTINGALE: Nightingale Ct. NORTH SHORE: North Shore Way WEST WINDS: SanAndrew Dr./Country Club Rd. WOODRIDGE: Woodridge Dr./Woodrise Rd. PINEHURST: Old Barn Rd./Pinehurst Dr./Rockridge Rd./Twin Lake Dr./Hemlock Point Rd./Lakeridge Rd./East Lakeridge Rd./West Lakeridge Rd./Edgewood Rd./Beach Dr.
Designated Parking Areas During Snow Events
Photo by Mark Widrick
PINEHURST: Hemlock Point Rd. at East Lakeridge Gravel Pulloff (7 Cars) MEADOWS: Eaglehead Dr Pulloff Across from Meadows mailboxes (4 Cars) COLDSTREAM: Pool Parking Lot WEST WINDS: Pool Parking Lot laketalk january-2014
The Snow Removal Process: How
When we experience a winter weather event there are many factors that come into play during the snow removal process. We encourage residents to review the following, so that there is less confusion about how this process works. During a Snow Storm The main focus is always to keep open, to the best of our ability, all main roads within the communities (Eaglehead Drive, Sanandrew Drive, Pinehurst Drive, Finn Drive, etc.). After main roads are open and passable, secondary roads will be addressed. After primary roads and secondary roads have been opened, a pass can be made on courts and townhomes. Spreading salt is not common during heavy snowfall, due to plowing still in progress. It is wasteful and unproductive to continuously salt roadways, and then repeatedly plow away the salt. After the storm Main roads will be opened and cleaned up first, followed by secondary roads. The final step is to clean all court heads, townhomes and intersections. Salt will be spread on necessary areas. Sidewalk Maintenance Homeowners are responsible for snow removal on sidewalks in front of their property. Lake Linganore is responsible for common area sidewalks.
Do not park your cars on the streets, cul-de-sacs or courts. Please park in driveways. Roads are narrow and make it difficult for plow trucks to pass, as well as a liability if roads are slippery.
Do not allow children to build tunnels in snow banks. (Plow trucks will push additional snow into pile)
Do not throw snow back into the roadway.
Parking in driveway reduces the amount of snow you have to shovel
Wait until all plowing is done before shoveling the apron of the driveway
Be cautious, often the main roads within the development are clear before Boyers Mill and Gas House are completely open and passable.
Frequently Asked Questions When will my road be plowed? Primary roads are attended to first (Eaglehead, Pinehurst Dr, Sanandrew, Finn etc.) followed by secondary roads. Once all primary and secondary roads are open, courts, cul-de-sacs and townhouses will be opened. Why haven’t they cleaned up my court completely? Once the snow has stopped, primary roads are cleaned up first, followed by secondary roads, courts, cul-de-sacs and intersections. Also, cars parked on the side of the road or in courts make it difficult to maneuver and plow effectively. Why aren’t they spreading salt? Under most circumstances, salt will be put down after the snow has stopped. If you put salt down on top of snow, it will be plowed off the road. Do I need to shovel my sidewalk? Yes, the homeowner is in charge of shoveling the sidewalk in front of their homes (including Townhomes). The Association is responsible for common area sidewalks.
Holiday Festival Fun 2013 Photos taken by Mark Widrick & Anna Clements
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Municipal Incorporation: Next Steps by John Allemang, MIOC Chair The LLA ad-hoc Municipal Incorporation Organizing Committee, (MIOC) held workshops in September 2013 and has been busy arranging for the next step—a petition to the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners, (BoCC) requesting authorization to pursue the incorporation of Lake Linganore at Eaglehead. There were many questions that had to be answered before the format of the petition could be finalized….but we are just about there! In the near future, residents of the Lake Linganore Community that are registered voters will be asked to sign the petition to move the incorporation process forward. We will need the signatures of approximately 2000 registered voters from our community in order to fulfill the petition requirements. It is critically important to understand that signing the petition does NOT actually CREATE the municipality. It is merely a request to the BoCC to allow the community to continue the process with the writing of a town charter and a referendum vote by the potential residents of the new town. It is the referendum vote that determines if a municipality is created. Every registered voter within the pro-
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posed town limits (essentially the same boundaries as the LLA HOA) will be able to cast his or her vote on the matter.
nance and snow removal. How much? About $190,000 per year. Currently, as an HOA, we are not eligible for any of these funds.
At the FY2015 LLA budget meeting held December 2, 2013, the results of a recent 2013 LLA Reserve Study were discussed. The overall findings of the reserve study empasized that, in order to preserve and maintain the infrastructure and amenities of the LLA, we will need to double our current yearly reserve deposits— from $750k to $1.5 million per year. Of course, doing this would require a major increase in yearly dues. However, we've discovered there is another way to possibly fund the $1.5 million annual reserve deposit (recommended in the reserve study), and it happens to be through municipal incorporation:
Therefore, as a municipality, we stand to gain direct access and control of nearly $1.1 million that we CANNOT get as an HOA.
As an HOA, the LLA does not directly receive any of the MD state income tax paid by its residents. These monies go to Frederick County and the County does not necessarily have to spend these funds in the Lake Linganore area. If we were a town, we would get these funds directly from the state. How much? About $900,000 per year !! As a town we would also get Tax Equity funds from Frederick County to reimburse us for things we provide that would normally be done by the County….principally road mainte-
In the near future, volunteers from the community will be asking for your signature on the petition for incorporation. The acquiring of nearly $1.1 million as discussed above is just one of the potential benefits to consider when you are asked to sign the petition. More information will be distributed in future workshops and direct mailings/flyers and is available at the MIOC web page on the LLA website: www.lakelinganore.org/municipal-incorporation/ You can also check out our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/groups/311110495571460/ The community will need a lot of volunteers to assist in community education and petition preparation. If you would like to get involved, please send an e-mail to: Lla_incorporation@rocketmail.com
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A New Year Clutter-Free! by Liz Burrow, REALTOR® The first rule of selling a home is to de-clutter, but why wait until you’re ready to move? Living clutter free can simplify life; from easier cleaning routines, to less time wasted playing hide and seek with car keys or credit card bills. The holidays are behind us and all of the gifts and goodies from the season have likely left your home in some disarray. So, what do you do with all those additional items that have found their way into your closets and onto your counter tops? There is an easy technique called ‘the 4 box method’ that can simplify the arduous task of deciding what you really need and what really needs to go. To start, pick 4 large boxes or plastic bins and label them: • • • •
Storage Put Away Give Away Throw Away
Select a room or an area that needs to be addressed. Once you pick up an item do not put it down until you’ve assigned it to a box. Ask yourself the question; “Do I need this?” If the answer is YES it falls into one of two categories - Something you use regularly goes in the ‘put away’ box and something you use occasionally or seasonally is assigned to the ‘storage box’. If you find the answer is NO, put it into the box marked ‘give away’ to go to charity (or to be sold at a yard sale), or in the ‘throw away’ box to go into the trash. Simple yet effective, this method of reorganizing your possessions will help you get the New Year off to a chaos-free beginning!
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Leave a Lakeside Snack!
by Christine Dagostino
Looking for a fun family activity to fill up those cold winter days? Make a bunch of animal-friendly snacks, hike into the woods on one of our many trails and hang them up for the critters around our lakes! There are so many recipes out there like pinecones dipped into honey and then rolled in seeds, apple slices coated with peanut butter and raisins, or suet balls mixed with birdseed. The preparation doesn't require a lot of time or supervision. While parents are cooking, let older kids help their younger siblings, then the whole gang can take a mid-afternoon nature walk together.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Slinky Bird/Squirrel Feeder Materials - Wire Coat Hanger - Metal Slinky - Scrap Wire pieces (2) - Roasted Peanuts (unsalted) - Pliers Carefully untwist the coat hanger at the base of the hook with the pliers, keeping the hook on top for hanging. Bend the coat hanger to form a circle shape. I found that placing the hanger over another circular object such as a bucket or pot helps get a more uniform shape. Feed the hanger through the center of the slinky. Take a one end of the slinky and secure it to the top of the hanger with one of the scrap wire pieces about 2 inches below the end of the hanger. Wrap the straight end of the hanger back around the hook side of the hanger. Secure the other end of the slinky to the top of the hanger with the other scrap wire piece at the top, just below where the hook starts. Fill with peanuts & hang. 18
Orange Bird Feeder
These are so charming and always a hit with my kids. Try to hang them on trees and shrubs that are easily viewed from your window, so you can watch the birds come and feast!
Materials - orange - (4) pieces of twine, yarn or string, cut into 24" lengths - bird seed With a sharp knife, cut the orange in half—scoop out the flesh. Pierce 4 small holes on opposite sides, about ½" from the top edge of each half . Thread one piece of twine through a hole, and out the opposite end. Repeat with the second piece of twine in the remaining holes (you’ll have an “X”). Gather the ends together and tie in a knot. Repeat with the other half. Fill with bird seed and hang from sturdy branches outside.
STORYTIME CORNER Take a Winter Nature Walk by Jane Kirkland Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft
Coat apple slices with peanut butter and birdseed and hang from a tree.
Some wildlife rescue centers just smear some peanut butter on branches—no birdseed needed!
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Best Time to Remove Invasive Vines
by Lorna Patrick, Friends of the Lake
Think you are done with yard work for the next few months? Not so fast! Winter is the best time to tackle woody "non-native invasive" vines. Now, what do we mean by "non-native invasive"— these are plants that have been introduced by people into regions where they do not occur naturally. Invasive plant species spread quickly, crowding and choking out native plants. Second only to development, most experts agree that non-native invasive plants are a top threat to the ecological health of our natural areas. Winter is an especially good time to deal with invasive vines, mainly because there are no leaves, making it is easier to see the vines. The vines are also less springy this time of year, making it easier to cut them and pull their roots out of the ground.
Invasive Vines Are Bad for Trees
Above Photography by Mark Widrick The photos featured above illustrate trees in our community that are suffering under the weight of English Ivy.
Why should we care about non-native invasive vines? For starters, they can be especially harmful to trees and can even ruin an entire forest. As Friends of the Lake has explained in several articles in recent months—if we want healthy lakes, streams, and natural areas, we need trees, and lots of them. When otherwise healthy trees are burdened by invasive vines, they become weak and eventually, fall over. Vines are bad for forests because they can take over the canopy, robbing trees of the sunlight they need to survive. They can smother smaller trees and pull them to the ground, burying them in a messy tangle.
Our Most Problematic Vines
Shown above: Oriental Bittersweet
Ever heard of kudzu? Well-known for its destructive habits across the southern U.S., it is a perfect example of a non-native invasive vine. Fortunately for us, kudzu isn’t a huge problem around here…yet. But, we do have plenty of problems of our own, and they are: • • •
English Ivy (Hedera helix) Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
These photos (at right), show how each of these vines is likely to look this time of year. 20
Shown above: Japanese Honeysuckle
You Can Make a Difference This is a grim story, so far. But, donâ€™t despair. You can change how the story ends. Many trees can bounce back, once relieved of the burden of heavy, smothering vines. A good way to remove a thick mess of vines is to cut a window. To make a window, cut all the vines at ground level, or pull them up from the roots. Then, cut the vines above, as far as you can reach. This will leave vines dangling from the trees, but they will shrivel up and become much less heavy. Awwwhhh...thank you! Hear that? That is your tree breathing a sigh of relief! Overcoming well established, woody invasive vines, will take some time. There are many resources online that can help you learn more about the problem of invasive plants and how to control them. Here are a few good places to start educating youself: www.nps.gov/plants/alien/pubs/midatlantic/midatlantic.pdf ncbg.unc.edu/uploads/files/ControllingBooklet.pdf www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/plants/invasiveplants/invasiveplanttutorial/index.htm
If you would like to meet with someone to help you identify invasive vines on your property, contact me, Lorna Patrick, and we can arrange a training session: LornaCPatrick@gmail.com
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