Following the Design Review Board's unanimous decision to allow the awesome stream restoration project to continue, the Save the Glade folks have decided to play Junior Detective and tromp around in the woods with video cameras and whatnot:
Members of the Save the Glade Coalition decided that something very important was needed: a documenting of the "before" situation in the Glade, i.e., before the bulldozers hit the dirt. This takes time, and we are working professionals who do not have much of it. But we were able, in the last weekend before the project is slated to begin, to compare the plans and tree lists against what is on the ground in much of Glade reaches 1, 2, and 3; and to take photos and videos in order to make sure that the Project does not go beyond its Limits of Clearing (LOC) and does not take out unauthorized trees. We were also able to easily identify trees that could be saved with a slight adjustment of the LOC, reinforcing our concern that RA is not providing enough care and oversight in terms of tree preservation.So this evening, the group will go before the DRB to appeal its decision, bringing shocking evidence that trees are, in fact, being cut down. The evidence is very convincing (PDF), including a three-page table of specific trees, including comments like this:
We found numerous discrepancies between the plans, the tree-removal list, and the actual situation on the ground. A few errors are to be expected, but what we found goes beyond that (see below, our appeal). It is more than a little troubling.
10382 Very unusual, mature, very large double holly with “rock” connecting the two trunks. Healthy and far from bank of stream; slated for removal because stream meander is being changed.Wow. Now we're all for saving tree #10382. (Stupid tree #10383 can be turned into toothpicks for all we care, though.) The meeting is at 7pm tonight at Reston headquarters, so we encourage all interested parties to go and chant "Hey DRB/What are you gonna do?/We're gonna save/Tree #10382!" whenever someone attempts to speak.
In the meantime, there's really someone who's counted and numbered every tree in Reston?