July 9, 2015 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - The Pine Barrens surrounding Stockton University were choked with brush and a mix of trees - from white oaks and red maples to Virginia, pitch, and shortleaf pines. The conditions made for a sickly forest, vulnerable to wildfires and insect infestation, including the destructive southern pine beetle. But last week - following earlier prescribed burns to clear undergrowth - the woods along Vera King Farris Road began feeling more airy. The first of hundreds of trees came down, and sunlight again bathed the ground, making it possible for a healthier forest to take root next to the Atlantic County school.
July 15, 2005
THIS WEEK, Fairmount Park unveiled a fancy Web site (www.fairmountpark.org), long overdue, that will help more people enjoy the parks. Its features include interactive maps of the park system and other goodies that can help people find their nearest park, get help with street tree problems, and better navigate the 9,800 acres of the system. For this project, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, an independent fund-raising arm of the park, got Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Accenture to contribute resources to building the site.
December 11, 1988 |
Female ginkgo trees are out, so are walnut, crab apple and any tree with thorns. At the same time, pin and red oak, honey locust and sugar maples are welcome in Springfield Township. On Wednesday, the Springfield Township Council will consider a landscaping ordinance. The proposal specifies for developers what trees can and cannot be planted as well as where they can be placed and what type of soil can be used. In a township covering 29.34 square miles, inhabited by approximately 3,000 people, it would seem that there is plenty of empty land for whatever a builder wants to plant.
December 8, 1989 |
Councilman Jim Johnson last night told the Riverton Borough Council that the damage from two wind storms in November would cost the borough about $2,000 in cleanup costs. Johnson, who oversees the Shade Tree Commission, said that all borough roads had been cleared of fallen trees, but that stumps were still being removed. A report presented at the work session said 16 borough-owned trees, between 20 and 125 years old, were toppled during the storms. An additional 16 trees were heavily damaged and may have to be removed.
November 10, 1988 |
Backers of a plan to carve a ballfield from a stand of trees in Haddon Heights will conduct a tour of the site Saturday morning for residents who have voiced concern about the demise of the trees. The Haddon Heights Youth Association wants to locate a three-quarter-acre ballfield amid 11 acres of trees at the borough recreation complex at Eighth Avenue and High Street. Association vice president Thomas J. Ferrese invited eight concerned residents who attended last night's Borough Council meeting to join him in a tour at 9 a.m. Saturday.
October 20, 1997 |
Bensalem High School was the place to strike up the band on Saturday. Eighteen marching bands and guard units competed in the 25th annual "Parade of Colors" at the football stadium.
November 13, 1988 |
Frustration was running high at a crowded meeting of the Pennsbury Board of Supervisors last week when the debate centered, once again, on demands that trees be replaced at the Regalwood subdivision. Both residents, township officials and the developer expressed dismay that a solution had not yet been found. Almost out of desperation, it seemed, a compromise was reached. Jack Thomas, the developer, agreed to plant six oak trees. Each would be three inches in diameter. Regalwood is located on 30 acres, just east of Parkersville Road on Pocopson Road.
July 7, 1988 |
The presence of trees in the path of proposed parking spaces has prompted the Radnor Township Planning Commission to table a request by the Main Line Federal Savings Bank. The commission on Tuesday asked officials of Main Line Federal to return next month with a more detailed plan showing all parking spaces at its administrative offices, 2 Aldwyn Center on Lancaster Avenue. The bank already has received a special exception from the Zoning Hearing Board for 150 parking spaces, some of which intrude on the 60-foot front-yard setback.
October 11, 1989 |
Gloria Coryell, the owner of Deptford Honda, will face charges in Deptford Township Municipal Court on Nov. 3 of illegally bulldozing 35 trees to make room for expansion on the site of her motorcycle dealership. The charge, originally scheduled for a hearing last Wednesday, was continued by Judge Jeff Sprigman because Coryell's attorney, James Gabel of Pitman, said he needed time to prepare. According to Deptford planner Robert Marmion, Coryell is accused of cutting down 35 trees, most of them from 17 to 30 inches thick and 35 to 50 feet tall.
July 31, 1988 |
As a sewer line was being put in on Old Bethlehem Pike to service the new Lower Gwynedd Township Building and the proposed Wyndham Woods subdivision, a stack of pipe fell over on a 3-inch-wide tree. According to the township's landscaping ordinance, trees must be protected from harm during construction. Representatives of the Linpro Co., which is overseeing construction of the sewer line, apologized to the township Planning Commission on Thursday night for flattening the tree.