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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Treepocalypse Now: Storms Do What Stream Restoration Couldn't, Plus A Scene of Horror at the Macaroni Grill

IMGP0592-One_of_Three_Trunks_of_Reston's_Largest_Tree_Splits_and_Falls_on_July_10,_2011_C_Jon_O._Clarke.jpgReston loves it some trees, so it's with a heavy heart that we report that a part of Reston's largest tree, a tulip poplar in the Glade, fell during last week's heavy storms. John Clarke reports:

One of three trunks of Reston's largest tree fell over, probably initially in the thunderstorm on Friday, July 8, 2011. I observed it fallen half way to the ground on the evening of Saturday, July 9, 2011. It was slowly breaking up the trees that were holding up its immense weight, with occasional loud cracks as the wood broke. On Sunday evening, July 10, 2011, I found that the tree had broken through and fallen to the ground, taking the tops of three other trees with it. The attached photo was taken in the morning of July 11, 2011.

This Tulip Popular tree was the largest tree in Reston when the circumference was measured at the 4' height -- owing to the three trunks that grew out of a common base. The trunk that fell was the southwestern side of the tree.
The Save the Glade group worked to ensure that the tree would not be culled remediated during the 2009 stream deforestation restoration project at the Glade. "We were successful then, but gravity won in the end," Clarke writes.

Meanwhile, yesterday's torrential downpour led to another tragedy: nearly unthinkable flash flooding at the Macaroni Grill. A Restonian operative used the Twitter machine to "tweet" us this photo:


There are no words.


  1. The Glade deforestation, traffic calming, remediation is far from done killing trees. Heavy equipment running over roots will kill a tree in 1-3 years. Whenever the tree’s reserves are exhausted before the roots can heal.

    I should write something funny. OK. Waiter observing an older couple sees the man adopt a glazed expression and slide quietly under the table. He goes over. “Ma’am, your husband just slid to the floor?” She answers, “No he didn’t. My husband just walked in the door.”

  2. Tulip Poplars, no matter whether they're the "biggest" Reston tree or not are roof-hole makers waiting to happen!

    And down here where we were deforested last year (the less desirable South Side), the stream areas look just great! No shortage of critters or green. Of course, if we could get rid of the some of the green poison ivy, it might be better, but hey, it's a native species so we need to let it flourish.

  3. Do you have a link to the tree article? I can't read the caption of the photo. I'll come back here, so you don't have to be afraid to post external links!

  4. At your service, 5:31:

    "One of three trunks of Reston's largest tree, as measured at the four-foot height, splits and falls on July 10, 2011. It was protected by the Save the Glade group during the recent stream restoration project."

    You're welcome.

  5. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonJuly 19, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Could we be so lucky that when the tulip poplar fell it took out a whole herd of deer grazing underneath it?