My Two Cents: One last tree hug

November 15, 2017

BY LESLEY RIDDLE — I have always been a tree hugger. Growing up in northern New Jersey, I was surrounded by old-growth trees, much like those in the City of Hyattsville. I remember the two giants that graced our own front yard, a magnificent eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) and a horse [read more]

City temporarily suspends tree trimming by Pepco

January 26, 2015

BY CAROLINE SELLE — Pepco’s tree trimmings have been temporarily suspended in the city of Hyattsville. According to city spokesperson Jake Rollow, the power utility’s arborist contractor pruned trees without first alerting the city to its plans. Hyattsville resident Nina Faye said she heard [read more]

My Two Cents: The Bradford Pear — beauty or beast?

January 23, 2015

BY LESLEY RIDDLE — About this time of year, we start to long for the first petals to bloom on our city’s many flowering trees. Among them is the Bradford Pear, once the county’s official tree, which usually grows 25 feet tall with a canopy nearly as wide, giving it a lovely round form. The [read more]

UPDATE: Invasive tree removal causes confusion

November 22, 2014

Editor’s Note: The recent removal of trees on Jefferson was not related to the Oct. 6 Shade Tree Review presented to the Hyattsville City Council. After clarification from the city, the story below has been updated to reflect new information. BY REBECCA BENNETT — Updated Nov. 28. Pepco [read more]

Special meeting held about capital improvement projects

October 13, 2013

BY MAX BENNETT — A special Hyattsville City Council meeting on September 25  to discuss ongoing projects in University Hills also became a forum to discuss repairs to 40th Avenue and Crittenden and Buchanan streets. Both projects are part of the city’s five-year capital improvement plan.  [read more]

Nature Nearby: Breaking news! A tree fell in the forest

April 10, 2012

BY FRED SEITZ — When weekend winds brought down a dead pine on top of Washington Gas’ new electronic gas line box last month, it definitely made a sound, much louder than that of one hand clapping. The fallen pine, near the Crittenden Street trailhead to Magruder Park, awakened some neighbors [read more]

County finds unexpected place to make cuts

January 10, 2012

Now you see them, now you don’t: Queens Chapel Town Center before (top) and after Prince George’s County Department of Public Works clear-cut 35 trees. Only about half of them were on the County right-of-way, with the rest split between city- and state-managed roads. BY CHRIS CURRIE [read more]