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.
The Forest Committee will hold meetings via Zoom until further notice. Links to the meetings can be found below.
The Forest Committee will hold online meetings at the regular time 2nd Wednesday at 5:00 pm until health restrictions resolve. Call-in number for any visitors who want to join us is below. Call (215) 806-5131 for problems with connection. Thank you for your patience during pandemic time.
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- Meeting ID: 788 463 269
- Password: 963487
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Natural Resource Inventories
Earth Day Essay Contest guidelines here! 50th Earth Day Anniversary
With Covid precautions in place, we had to curtail our planned 50th Earth Day Celebration in April 2020. Watch for our celebration for the 51st Earth Day!
LEAF Newsletter for Winter 2021 here!
LEAF Archive: back issues
- LEAF Newsletter for September 2018 here!
- LEAF Newsletter for Spring 2020 here!
- LEAF Newsletter for Fall 2020 here!
Engage with the woods in new ways.
Check out our Patch Passport Program to earn your Red Fox Patch.
2021 Forests of the Ardens Patch Requirements here!
2020 Forests of the Ardens Patch Program here!
Hoprocking (2020), Red Fox (2021)
Sherwood Forest Stream Restoration
Protecting Naaman’s Watershed: adding to the buffer
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 slow 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.
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.
Forest Use Permit
If you or your group would like to have a fire at Indian Circle or hold an event in the forest, please fill out the Forests & Indian Circle Use Permit. It can be found on the Village Permits Page.