Forest Committee

established June 26, 2006, by a motion of the Town Assembly that changed the status of the Ad-Hoc Forest Sub-committee of the Civic Committee (est. 3/28/05) to a permanent standing committee of the Village of Arden

The Forest Committee implements Arden’s Forest Stewardship Policy, oversees trail improvement, tree felling in the woods, plant removal, and strives to prevent encroachment and stream erosion. It coordinates the annual woods cleanup.

Click here for Committee Descriptions: full text


Second Wednesday of each month, 7:00 p.m. at the Buzz Ware Village Center.

Meeting Agenda Here.

Easement agreement for 2409 Woodland Lane  

Natural Resource Inventories

Arden Woods Natural Resource Inventory 2003-4

Sherwood Forest Natural Resource Inventory 2002

LEAF Newsletter for September 2018   here!

2020 Forests of the Ardens Patch Program here! Engage with the woods in new ways.  Check out our new passport program to earn your hop rocking patch.

Sherwood Forest Stream Restoration

Power Point Presentation from Town Meeting 6/27/16: Sherwood Forest Stream Restoration

Sherwood Forest Restoration Plans

Protecting Naaman’s Watershed: adding to the buffer

Power Point Presentation from Town Meeting 3/27/17:  Purchase of 1.6 acres at 5 Mill Race Road

We have a rare opportunity to add to the forested zone across Naaman’s Creek from Arden. See the map by clicking here.   

A riparian buffer is the transition zone from the aquatic environment to the upland. With a zone of sufficient width, the forested buffers are of great value. A Riparian Buffer can:

  • Control flooding: It will slows and reduce flow of water to creek
  • Improve water quality: Plants filter sediment, nutrients and pollutants
  • Reduce erosion: Plants keep soil in place, helping to maintain the buffer
  • Increase wildlife diversity: A zone of sufficient size is important for habitat
  • Control water temperature:   Shade helps keep the water at temperatures required by wildlife

Adding this parcel of four lots will help us create a continuous buffer from Harvey Mill Park above Marsh Road through Hanby Foundation Park, Arden, Ardentown, Highland Woods, Indian Fields, Radnor Green and the Sunnyside Tract, over 2 miles length of creek and 100+ acres of wildlife corridor.

What is a Riparian Buffer?

More details about creekside corridors and how they protect the health of Naamans Creek: Click on the link to read the brochure from DNREC.

To weed or not to weed?

Click on the links below for information to assist with determining the difference between some common weeds.

“Good” weeds and beneficial native plants.

Weeds gone wild.    Identify and remove invasive, non-native plant species.  Read about efficient removal techniques.

Mistaken Identity:  Click here for the booklet “Invasive Plants and their Native Look-alikes”

Delaware Invasive Species Council (DISC) list of Delaware’s worst invasive plants HERE   

Non-native Invasive Species Best Management Practices from the USDA Forest Service: Guidance.    here

 NY Botanical Garden: Thain Family Forest Program Invasive Species Best Management Practices

NYBG, a preeminent plant conservation organization restored 50 acres of old-growth forest in the heart of the Bronx.  They published a remarkable document detailing the management practices for each invasive plant as a part of their plan to maintain the forest from 2008-2025.  Read it here.  The forest committee follows these guidelines.


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