Saturday, May 14, 2016

Tree Care and Wetland Restoration on Ribbon-Cutting Day

Following today's ribbon cutting for the Four Mile Run Wetland Restoration Project in Alexandria, volunteers made the most of the sunny weather and soft, rain-soaked ground to plant and care for trees in Four Mile Run Park.

With guidance from Alexandria/Arlington TreeStewards, community volunteers planted two American Hophornbeam trees, removed stakes and ties where no longer needed, and removed excess mulch from around the trunks of trees in the park, preventing rot. Thank you to the eight volunteers who together provided nearly 20 hours of effort in promoting the health of our urban forest!

It was a glorious morning for the celebration, with Four Mile Run Joint Task Force Co-Chair Judy Noritake, Mayor Allison Silberberg, Northern Virginia Regional Commission Executive Director Mark Gibb, Congressman Don Beyer and former Congressman Jim Moran presiding over the festivities.
Neighbors and friends of Four Mile Run gather to see the restored tidal marsh adorned in pink flagging to ward off geese from nibbling on the tender young wetland plants
Cutting the ceremonial ribbon (L to R): Vice Mayor Justin Wilson, Councilmember Willie Bailey, NVRC Executive Director Mark Gibb, Congressman Jim Moran, Councilmember Del Pepper, Mayor Allison Silberberg, Congressman Don Beyer, Councilmember Tim Lovain, and Congressional Staffer Tim Aiken