To Plant or Not To Plant – What is the Right Way for the ROW?

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Potomac Watershed Partnership

Winter Information Exchange

What is the right balance for planting, and clearing, the right-of-way (ROW)?  Join us for an important discussion on managing highway and utility rights-of-way, as well as stormwater management areas.  Regional power companies are responsible for reliable power and clearing transmission lines across the Bay watershed.  State highway departments have varying rules on mowing and cutting back trees.  Most subdivisions, business parks, and shopping centers, have stormwater management “ponds” that are regulated, often to prevent tree planting.  What is the balance between the need for increased tree canopy versus tree clearing to ensure reliable power, safe traffic, and dependable stormwater management areas?

Who:  You!  RSVP at:

When:  9:30-3:00, Tuesday, December 6th


Fox Haven Farm and Learning Center
3630 Poffenberger Road, Jefferson, MD
Brown Bay Lunch


Topics & Speakers (DRAFT)

  • Chesapeake Bay Program’s New Landcover Map
    • Cassandra Pallai, Geospatial Project Manager, Chesapeake Conservancy
  • Power Transmission Clearing Rules & Responsibilities
    • Chuck Anderson, Manager, Transmission Vegetation Management, FirstEnergy
  • Montgomery County’s New Rules for Expanding Tree Plant in Stormwater Management Ponds
    • Audra Lew, Planner, Stormwater Facility Maintenance Program Montgomery County DEP (MD)
  • Stormwater Management Pond Plantings, Karst & Limitations to Planting
    • Joseph Kent, Jefferson County Engineering, Jefferson County (WV)
  • Maryland’s Roadside Tree Law, Maximizing Tree Planting Potential
    • Robert Shreeve, Maryland State Highway Administration

We look forward to your participation.

For the PWP,

PWP Patch 4x2Frank F. Rodgers
Executive Director, Cacapon Institute
304-258-7657 (office)
304-240-2721 (cell)

PWP is coordinated by Cacapon Institute.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, faith, or sexual orientation. We strive to be inclusive, regardless of age or disability, and seek a diverse workforce and audience.

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