New Tree Maintenance and Planting Program

NEW TREE EVALUATION, PLANTING, AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM

Oakmont is pleased to announce a new Tree Evaluation, Planting, and Maintenance Program.  The Oakmont Citizens’ Committee encourages homeowners to take advantage of this new program to plant new trees and to ensure that existing trees are maintained properly.  The Program consists of three elements and is subject to the terms and conditions on the Town of Oakmont website, www.townofoakmont.org.  The three elements are:

  • EVALUATION:  The Town has hired a Consulting Arborist who will evaluate town trees and offer a free evaluation of Canopy Trees* on private property for homeowners who request it using the form on the Town website.
  • MAINTENANCE:  The Town will reimburse homeowners 50% of the cost of taking maintenance actions from October 1st through June 30, 2016 recommended for Canopy Trees by the Consulting Arborist, up to a maximum reimbursement of $1,000 per homeowner. The Committee has allocated $15,000 funding for this purpose. Disbursements will be made on a first come, first served basis up to a cap of $15,000.  Work must be performed by a licensed company to be eligible for reimbursement.
  • PLANTING:  The Town will reimburse 75% of the cost of the planting on homeowner’s property (a) Canopy Trees on the County’s list of approved trees for its Rainscape Reward Program and/or (b) Understory Trees of a species on the Town’s approved list of trees, up to a maximum reimbursement of $1,500 per homeowner.  The Committee has allocated $35,000 funding for this purpose. Disbursements will be made on a first come, first served basis up to a cap of $35,000.  Work must be performed by a licensed company to be eligible for reimbursement.

All requests for evaluation, maintenance, and planting reimbursements are subject to the terms and conditions specified at www.townofoakmont.org. The forms to request an evaluation and apply for reimbursement, and the list of approved understory trees, are on the website. Please return the completed forms to Kathy King or Donna Duer. If you have questions that are not answered on the Town of Oakmont website or are interested in the Montgomery County Canopy Tree program, please contact Kathy King at 301-493-4485 or Donna Duer at 301-530-7590.

*Canopy Trees are trees with a circumference of at least 24 inches, measured 4 ½ feet above the base of the tree (where the tree meets the earth).   Montgomery County has a program to provide free Canopy Trees to homeowners.

OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT (“TOWN”), CONSULTING ARBORIST REQUEST FORM

BETHESDA, MD 20827                                                                               TOWN REQUEST #_______

secretary@townofoakmont.org

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CONSULTING ARBORIST PROGRAM

I would like the Town’s Consulting Arborist to visit my home and make pruning/tree health recommendations:

SPECIFIC TREES AND CONCERNS TO BE ADDRESSED BY ARBORIST:

 

 

 

AGREEMENT AND RELEASE

The Town conducts a “Consulting Arborist” Program pursuant to which the Town authorizes the Town’s contractor, Feather & Associates, to consult with residents and their arborists regarding the health and physical condition of trees within the Town’s boundaries. This service is provided at no cost to residents. However, in making the Town’s contractor available to residents and paying for the contractor’s services, the Town does not guarantee or accept responsibility for any representations, advice, or other information or opinions provided by Feather & Associates. Residents are encouraged to consult with privately retained arborists if they have any questions or doubts about the information or advice provided by the Town’s contractor.

In consideration for making the Consulting Arborist Program available to the undersigned, the undersigned agrees that he/she has read this document in its entirety, understands and agrees that the Town will not be responsible for the advice of the Consulting Arborist, and agrees to release, indemnify, and hold harmless the Town and all of its officers, employees, contractors, and agents from all suits, actions, damages, and costs which may result from the information or advice provided to the resident or the resident’s agents by the Consulting Arborist.

I HAVE READ THIS DOCUMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY AND UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS.

________________________________                    _____________________________  __________

Print Name                                                                  Signature                                             Date

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Print Name                                                                  Signature                                             Date

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Address                                                                       Phone

Town of Oakmont

Bethesda, MD 20817

Oakmont Special Taxing District, Consulting Arborist Program, Standard Operating Procedures

Purpose:       To set forth procedures for evaluating trees on adjacent properties in the Oakmont Special Taxing District (“Town of Oakmont” or “Town”)

  1. The intent of the Consulting Arborist Program is to provide a report on the health and proper maintenance of trees of private properties within the Town, upon written request of the property owner.
  2. The Town’s Arborist will only evaluate trees on the requester’s property.
  3. If, in evaluating trees on the requester’s property, the Arborist identifies trees on an adjacent lot that appear to be in decline or hazardous, the Arborist will verbally notify that property owner of such conditions.
  4. The Town Arborist will follow up with a written notification encouraging the adjacent property owner to request a Consulting Arborist visit or to retain a certified arborist to evaluate the trees.

PRIVATE TREE PLANTING FORM

OAKMONT SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT (“TOWN”)

BETHESDA, MD 20827                                                                               TOWN REQUEST #_______

secretary@townofoakmont.org

The undersigned, a current homeowner in the Town, wishes to participate in the Private Tree Planting Program. By participating, I understand and agree to the following:

–           Program participants must be a homeowner in the Town.

–           The Program shall be in effect from October 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

–           Planting of Understory Trees from the Approved List of Trees and/or Canopy Trees completed between October 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 are eligible for reimbursement. Planting includes purchase of the Understory Tree(s) and Canopy Tree(s) and planting of such tree(s) by a licensed landscape or garden professional.  An Understory Tree is defined as a tree on the list of Approved List of Understory Trees on the Town of Oakmont website. A Canopy Tree is defined hereunder as a tree that is on the list of trees approved by Montgomery County for the County’s Rainscape Reward Program.

–           The Program will reimburse a homeowner seventy-five percent (75%) of the costs of purchase and professional planting of Understory Trees and/or Canopy Trees, up to a maximum of $1,500 per homeowner. The Oakmont Citizens’ Committee has budgeted thirty-five thousand dollars ($35,000) for this program. Applications will be considered and disbursements made on a first come, first served basis up to a cap of $35,000.

–           The undersigned is responsible for submitting to the Town this completed application and a copy of the bill for services rendered and proof of payment no later than July 31, 2016. The bill for services must identify the species for each Canopy Tree and Understory Tree that has been planted.

–           The Town reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to approve or deny any request for reimbursement.

–           The Town may require additional information or documentation as deemed necessary to adequately assess an application for reimbursement.

–           The undersigned agrees that the site of the tree planting shall be subject to inspection by Town officials at any time to verify completion of work.

AGREEMENT AND RELEASE

The undersigned hereby understands and agrees to all terms and conditions of the Town’s Private Tree

Planting Program. The undersigned understands that, pursuant to the Program, the Town will reimburse a

homeowner for 75% of the costs of the purchase and planting of Canopy Trees or Understory Trees, up to maximum of $1,500 per homeowner on a first come first served basis up to a Program cap of $35,000, from October 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. The cost(s) of planting Canopy Trees and Understory Trees prior to the effective start date of the Program, October 1, 2015, are not eligible for reimbursement. In making the Town’s Program available to homeowners and paying for a portion of the costs described above, the undersigned further understands and agrees that the Town does not guarantee or accept responsibility for any damages, liabilities, advice, representations, quality of work, relating to the purchase and planting of Canopy Trees or Understory Trees.

If approved, the undersigned acknowledges that reimbursement may take up to eight (8) weeks from the date an invoice is submitted to the Town.

in consideration for making the Private Tree Planting Program available and providing financial assistance thereunder, the undersigned hereby certifies and agrees that you (a) have read this document in its entirety, and (b) understand and agree that the Town will not be responsible for the work of your chosen landscape or gardenprofessional, and (c) agree to abide by all of the terms and conditions of the Program.

I HAVE READ THIS DOCUMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY AND UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO ITS TERMS.

________________________________                    _____________________________  __________

Print Name                                                                  Signature                                             Date

 

________________________________                    _____________________________  __________

Print Name                                                                  Signature                                             Date

_________________________________                  _____________________________

Address                                                                       Phone

Town of Oakmont

Bethesda, MD 20817

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FOR OFFICE USE ONLY

 ____APPROVED 

____DENIED

 Amount reimbursed: $______________________

 

OAKMONT APPROVED UNDERSTORY TREE LIST

Alternate Leaf Pagoda (Dogwood) (Cornus alternifolia). Small tree that can be grown as single or multi trunked specimen. General crown form is oval to round but it has a unique horizontally layered branching structure. Flat clusters of small white flowers in spring.   Small blue-black berries readily eaten by birds. Does well in full sun or shade. Does not tolerate hot, dry sites.

American Holly (Ilex opaca). Dense, pyramidal in youth, opening up with age. Plant in moist, well drained soil. Full sun or partial shade. Many cultivars. Foliage provides cover for songbirds and mammels.

American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana). Also known as blue beech, musclewood, and ironwood. Small, medium to slow growing tree with beechlike leaves and silver bark. Not a showy bloomer. Upright rounded canopy, grows to 20 feet, some grow taller.

American Wild Plum (Prunus Americana). Hundreds of fruiting and non-fruiting varieties available. Rounded vase shape with dense canopy. Flowers appear before leaves, in May.

Crab Apple (Malus). Homeowners should pick a variety that is both upright in form and bred for disease resistance. Gorgeous in bud, flower, and fruit, although dropped fruit can be messy. Suitable street tree varieties include Adirondack, Autum Glory, Donald Syman, Narrangansett, and Professor Sprenger, all white-flowering. Prairifire has magenta flowers. Thunderchild is a 15 footer with pink blossoms.

Eastern Redbud (Cercis Canadensis). Native woodland tree functions nicely as a street tree, growing to 15 to 20 feet when pressed into curbside duty.

Fig (Ficus carica). Flowers are invisible and fruit wasp enters fruit to pollinate it. Trees provide a tropical look in the northern landscape. Large rough textured, bright green leaves. Up to 20 feet in protected location

Flowering Cherry (Prunus). Classic variety around Washington’s Tidal Basin is Yoshino, fine for street use and rarely grows to more than 20 feet. Kwanzan, with magenta-pink double flowers, is another stalwart. Snow Goose is white-flowered and upright, grows to just 20 feet.

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida). Like the redbud, this native tree is unlikely to reach great spreading age if planted at the roadside. It is particularly suited to front yards near power lines. An alternative is the more upright and larger kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa).

Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus). Slow-growing tree (to 20 feet) that prefers moist, fertile soils and full sun. Excellent specimen tree or in groups and borders. Limited wildlife value.

Japanese Tree Lilac (Syringa reticulate). Upright, this tree form of lilac blooms in early June with white flowers. Although it isn’t particularly fragrant, it is a sturdy tree suited for street use.

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Pawpaw (Asimina triloba). Can grow up to 35 feet, leaves do not do well in strong windy areas. Dark green, oblong, drooping leaf that can grow up to 12 inches long. Flowers mid to late spring.

Persimmon (Diospyros ebenaceae). Can be multi stem or single stem trunk. Glossy, simply, leaves up to 7 inches long and 4 inches wide. Flowers mid to late spring.

Serviceberry (Amelanchier). Serviceberries grow as large shrubs or small trees, depending on species and individual form. Select one that has a single trunk. The Autumn Brilliance hybrid is favored for its tree form and red fall color

Silverbell (Halesia Carolina). Clusters of bell shaped white flowers in early spring. Good tree for shady corners or woodland borders. Requires high acidity. Can grow to 40 feet.

Snowbell (Styrax americanus). White bell shaped flowers in late spring and early summer. Narrow leaves. Attracts nectar insects and fruit birds. Needs wet soil.

Sourwood (Oxydendrum aboreum). Can grow to 25 feet. Drooping 10 inch long fragrant white flowers in mid June to late July.

Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana). This small native magnolia grows to 20 feet with attractive gray-green leaves. White blossoms appear in late spring. It likes moist conditions, but can endure drought once established. An alternative is the Galaxy magnolia, which is stouter and symmetric but still upright and short enough for street use. Its pink blossoms appear in early spring.

Trident maple (Acer buergerianum). This Asian maple grows to about 20 feet with great fall color. An alternative is the paperbark maple (Acer griseum), which is slow-growing with beautiful peeling cinnamon bark but is hard to find and somewhat expensive.

Washington hawthorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum). This heat-tolerant species of hawthorn grows to about 20 feet in a street setting. Princeton Sentry is an almost thornless variety, A suitable alternative is the Winter King variety of green hawthorn, which is sharply thorny. Dense thorns make excellent nesting sites for songbirds. Should not be used in high traffic areas.

Important Note:

This list was compiled from several sources that identified understory trees suitable for our location and does not reflect the personal interest of the Citizens’ Committee. Please contact the Citizens’ Committee if you would like further information on the sources relied upon to compile the list. Please choose your trees with care, considering your location, the growth habit, shape, consequences of fruiting trees, etc. The Oakmont Special Taxing District is not responsible for the health and maintenance of trees selected from this list. Trees not on this list are not eligible for the Oakmont understory tree reimbursement program.

 

BETHESDA, MD 20827                                                                               TOWN REQUEST #_______

secretary@townofoakmont.org

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PRIVATE CANOPY TREE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM

The undersigned, a current homeowner in the Town, wishes to participate in the Private Canopy Tree Maintenance Program. By participating, I understand and agree to the following:

–           Program participants must be a homeowner in the Town.

–           All maintenance work performed under this Program must be recommended in a Town Consulting Arborist Report completed between October 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

–           Maintenance work completed on private Canopy Trees between October 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 is eligible for reimbursement. Maintenance work includes pruning and cabling of Canopy Trees. A Canopy Tree is defined hereunder as a tree with a trunk that measures at least twenty four (24) inches in circumference at four and one-half (4 ½) feet above ground.

–           The Program will reimburse a homeowner fifty percent (50%) of the costs associated with eligible tree maintenance activities, up to a maximum of $1,000 per homeowner. The Oakmont Citizens’ Committee has budgeted fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) for this program. Applications will be considered and disbursements made on a first come, first paid basis up to a cap of $15,000.

–           The maintenance must be performed by a Maryland licensed tree expert.

–           The undersigned is responsible for submitting to the Town this completed application and a copy of the bill for services rendered and proof of payment no later than July 31, 2016. The bill for services must identify the species for each Canopy Tree upon which maintenance work was performed, and must identify the trunk circumference at four and a half (4 1/2) feet above ground for each such tree.

–           The Town reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to approve or deny any request for reimbursement.

–           The Town may require additional information or documentation as deemed necessary to adequately assess an application for reimbursement.

–           The undersigned agrees that the site of tree maintenance shall be subject to inspection by Town officials at any time to verify completion of work.

AGREEMENT AND RELEASE

The undersigned hereby understands and agrees to all terms and conditions of the Town’s Private Tree

Maintenance Program. The undersigned understands that, pursuant to the Program, the Town will reimburse a homeowner for 50% of the costs associated with Canopy Tree maintenance, up to a maximum of $1,000 per homeowner on a first come first served basis up to a Program cap of $15,000, from October 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. The cost(s) of tree maintenance prior to the effective start date of the Program, October 1, 2015, are not eligible for reimbursement. In making the Town’s Program available to homeowners and paying for a portion of the services described above, the undersigned further understands and agrees that the Town does not guarantee or accept responsibility for any damages, liabilities, advice, representations, quality of work, or other information or opinions provided by the contractor or the Town Consulting Arborist.

If approved, the undersigned acknowledges that reimbursement may take up to eight (8) weeks from the date an invoice is submitted to the Town.

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In consideration for making the Private Tree Maintenance Program available and providing financial

assistance thereunder, the undersigned hereby certifies and agrees that you (a) have read this document in its

entirety, and (b) understand and agree that the Town will not be responsible for the work of your chosen

contractor or the Town Consulting Arborist, and (c) agree to abide by all of the terms and agreements of the Program, and (d) hereby release, indemnify, and hold harmless the Town and all of its officers, employees, contractors, and agents from all suits, actions, damages, and costs which may result from the work, or other information or opinions, provided by the contractor, or the Town Consulting Arborist, to the undersigned or the undersigned’s agents.

 

I HAVE READ THIS DOCUMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY AND UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO ITS TERMS.

 

________________________________                    _____________________________  __________

Print Name                                                                  Signature                                             Date

________________________________                    _____________________________  __________

Print Name                                                                  Signature                                             Date

_________________________________                  _____________________________

Address                                                                       Phone

Town of Oakmont

Bethesda, MD 20817

 

_____________________________________________________________________________________

FOR OFFICE USE ONLY

 

____APPROVED

 ____DENIED 

Amount reimbursed: $______________________

 _________________________________________                          ___________________________

Chair, Oakmont Citizens’ Committee                                             Date