trees

Updated February 15, 2015 ... click on images to enlarge

TREE ACTION PLAN

Along with world class Goodman building and landscape architecture, trees greatly enhance Hickory Cluster quality of life and property values.  But as we saw during recent storms, even beautiful trees create risks for people and property.  So how should Hickory Cluster manage risk created by more than 500 trees scattered throughout 18 acres?

Professionals tell us we should take reasonable steps to monitor those trees.  And that we should take prompt action when we become aware of tree problems.  The Hickory Cluster Board of Directors is doing just that.

During approved Phase 1 that started August 2011 and is still in process, tree professionals surveyed the Cluster several times and identified a number of trees exhibiting higher than typical risk.  It’s a challenge because not all trees with problems create such risk.

These higher risk trees are now being prioritized and budgeted for removal, tentatively before January 1, 2013, after their leaves have fallen, before heavy snowfall, and to take advantage of off-season discounted rates.

Compared to the more than 100 trees scheduled for removal as part of the much-delayed Stream Restoration project, the Board has identified about 30 higher risk trees during Phase 1 so far.  We have already removed several dead or otherwise higher risk trees since December 2011, including some downed by 2012 storms.

We must apply for and receive RA Design Review Board approval to remove live trees.  That takes additional time.  Tree photos, locations, descriptions, and status are posted below.

During proposed Phase 2 starting in 2013, we hope to identify trees that may actually be at risk but don’t exhibit obvious signs.  We also plan to identify and remove other potentially higher risk trees while they are still small, less risky, and less expensive. 

During proposed Phase 3 starting in 2014, we hope to start the process over again and pro-actively manage life cycle tree risk on an annual basis.

To better understand why a clusterwide Tree Action Plan is important to reduce risk and possible harm to residents, guests, passersby, property, and HCA, see the following recent newspaper articles:
  New York Times, May 14, 2012
  Washington Post, November 2, 2012
  Washington Post, November 18, 2012
  Washington Post, September 15, 2007

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PHASE 1 STATUS:  HIGHER RISK TREES

During Phase 1, professional tree experts independently identified the following trees during several clusterwide surveys, near the following Hickory Cluster addresses, as posing higher risks to people or property. 
To reduce this risk, HCA and RA DRB authorized removal of the following trees:

2012 WORK COMPLETED
  11508/10 Maple Ridge 1 ... REMOVED

2013 WORK COMPLETED
  11500 Maple Ridge 1A 1B ... REMOVED
  11599 Maple Ridge 4A ... REMOVED
  11587 Maple Ridge 5B 5C ... REMOVED
  11557/61 Maple Ridge 6A ... REMOVED
  11565 Maple Ridge 6B ... REMOVED
  11512 Hickory Cluster 6C ... REMOVED
  11526 Maple Ridge 7A 7B ... REMOVED
  11510 Maple Ridge 8A ... REMOVED
  11555 Maple Ridge 9A ... REMOVED
  11547 Maple Ridge 9C ... REMOVED
  11543 Hickory Cluster 10A ... REMOVED
  11540 Hickory Cluster 11ABC ... REMOVED
  11505 Hickory Cluster 12A ... REMOVED
  11501 Hickory Cluster 13A ...  REMOVED
  11506 Hickory Cluster 14A ... REMOVED

PHASE 1 STATUS:  NUISANCE TREES

The following Hickory Cluster trees have also been identified as nuisances causing damage to cluster and/or personal property because they are diseased or damaged, or because of excessive size or growth habit, undesirable litter, or invasive roots.

To reduce this damage and larger future expenses, HCA and RA DRB have authorized treatment, and/or pruning, and/or removal of the following trees as funding allows after removal of trees identified as higher risks to people or property:

2012 WORK COMPLETED
  11543/45/75/81/87 Maple Ridge 5 ...  REMOVED
  11501 Maple Ridge 2C ... TRIMMED

2013 WORK COMPLETED
  11555/57 Maple Ridge 4 ... REMOVED
  11539/55/61/69 Maple Ridge 2 3B ... TRIMMED
  11543 Hickory Cluster ... leaning and dead trees ... REMOVED
  11565 Maple Ridge ... stump in drain channel ... REMOVED
  Pond footbridge area ... large downed trees .. REMOVED
  Various hanging dead branches ... REMOVED
  11555/61/69 Maple Ridge 3B ... TREATED

2013 WORK AUTHORIZED & PENDING
  11539 Maple Ridge 3A ... pests/disease treatment
 
PHASE 2 POSSIBLE INITIAL SCOPE

HIGHER RISK TREES:  PENDING HCA AND DRB APPROVALS
  North Shore Drive 1A 1B 1C 1D 1E 1F 1G 1H

HIGHER RISK TREES SPECIFIC:  PENDING INSPECTION, ESTIMATE, APPROVAL
  11561 Maple Ridge ... rear floodplain-saturated tree near home, path
  11563 Maple Ridge ... rear floodplain-saturated tree near home, path
  11565 Maple Ridge ... rear damaged tree near path
  11579 Maple Ridge ... rear leaning tree
  11593 Maple Ridge ... rear damaged tree
  11599 Maple Ridge ... side/rear, possible higher risk
  11501 Hickory Cluster ... rear large declining slope tree near home
  11546 Hickory Cluster ... rear large declining slope tree near home, path

HIGHER RISK TREES GENERAL:  PENDING IDENTIFICATION
  Dead trees near paths, cars, homes
  Live trees, old, large, tall, near homes
  Live trees weakened by substantially-dead trunks, limbs
  Live trees weakened by other damage or structural defects
  Live trees weakened by rain runoff-saturated or floodplain root bases
  Live trees weakened by slopes, including streambeds
  Live, tall evergreen trees with weak shallow roots
  Live, small weakened trees that will grow large, costly

NUISANCE TREES & MORE:  PENDING ESTIMATE, APPROVAL
  11591 Maple Ridge 5A
  Clusterwide tree branches brushing homes ... need inspection, estimate
  Clusterwide tree hanging dead branches ... need inspection, estimate
  Clusterwide clear pad transformer areas ... need inspection, estimate
  Clusterwide bamboo removal ... need inspection, estimate