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TREE COMMITTEE

The objectives and authority of the Tree Committee are detailed in Codified Ordinance 1104, officially titled the Harpers Ferry Tree Conservation Ordinance. The Committee is responsible for the enforcement of the Ordinance, the provisions of which are enacted to:

  • Establish a responsible authority for the management of the Corporation’s urban forest;
  • Establish and maintain the optimal amount of tree cover on public property in the Corporation;
  • Maintain the Corporation’s trees in a healthy and non-hazardous condition through good arboricultural practices; and
  • Establish and maintain diversity in appropriate tree species and age classes to provide a stable and sustainable urban forest.

The Harpers Ferry Tree Committee officially consists of eight members:  five voting members, appointed by the Town Council; the Town's Maintenance Supervisor; one representative from the West Virginia Division of Forestry; and one representative from Potomac Edison (successor to the former Allegheny Power).  Of the five voting members, one must also be a member of the Planning Commission.  In addition, the Mayor of the Corporation of Harpers Ferry is considered an agent of the Committee.

Meetings of the Tree Committee are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Room at Harpers Ferry Town Hall.

 

Tree Committee Members

Christy Huddle, Chair
Gail Berrigan
Tyler Mayhew
Marie Uehling
Curt McGee, Planning Commission representative

David Cummings, Town Maintenance Supervisor (non-voting)
Matthew Cook, WV Division of Foresty representative (non-voting)
(vacant), Potomac Edison representative (non-voting)

"He that plants trees loves others besides himself."  – Thomas Fuller.

Harpers Ferry Tree Conservation Ordinance
10 June 2013

Harpers Ferry Tree Plan and Standards

Harpers Ferry tree inventory data

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Corporation of
HARPERS FERRY

PO Box 217
Harpers Ferry WV 25425

Telephone: 304-535-2206

TOWN HALL
BUSINESS HOURS

MWF
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon,
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

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TREE COMMITTEE MINUTES

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TREE COMMITTEE FORMS AND PUBLICATIONS

English Ivy

Tree Topping

Helping Trees Recover From Ice Storms

Landmark Trees Brochure

Landmark Tree Nomination

Jefferson County Tree Canopy Report

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