Celebrate DC’s restored stream at Oct. 16 Broad Branch Stream Community Day

by Katrina Weinig

Join your neighbors on Sunday, October 16th to celebrate the on-going restoration of the green heart of Forest Hills – the Broad Branch and Linnean Stream park!

This is your chance to learn about the development of the new comprehensive planting plan to beautify the site and restore wildlife and bird habitat, removal of invasive species, the creation of walking trails and seating areas, installation of dog waste stations, and more.

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District, National Park Service, and other leaders will be present to discuss upcoming plans for the site, including Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh, DOEE’s Steve Saari and ANC 3F members, as well as staff from DOEE’s RiverSmart program, Rock Creek Conservancy, Casey Trees, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, and the lead designer of the site’s new planting plan. The event will take place at the intersection of Linnean Avenue and Broad Branch Road.

Pizza and beverages will be served thanks to the generous support of Comet Ping Pong and Broad Branch Market! Native plants will be available for purchase from Chesapeake Natives. And free dog waste bags and clip-on leash dispensers will be given to all pooch owners!

10:00 – Pre-event invasive species removal: Rock Creek Conservancy

11:00 – Welcome and kick-off: Mary Cheh, DOEE, NPS, Casey Trees, ANC

11:15-12:15 – Site tour: Steve Saari, DOEE, and Darlene Robbins, Lead Designer

12:15-1:00: Pizza and beverages, courtesy of Comet Ping Pong and Broad Branch Market; Native plant exhibit and sale, Chesapeake Natives; RiverSmart Homes info and signup; Free dog waste bags for our four-legged friends; Citizen Science projects, Frogwatch and E-BirdInformation; signup for Rock Creek Conservancy, Casey Tree, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, and more!

Grants from DOEE, Casey Trees, and ANC 3F are supporting these efforts, which also build upon the award-winning, $2.2 million restoration work that was completed in 2015 by DOEE and the National Park Service in the upper Broad Branch Stream and its Linnean tributary.

With Casey Trees support, volunteers will plant 100 trees and shrubs at the park on Saturday, November 5th from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please register here. Select “Rock Creek Conservancy Volunteer” when checking out. Volunteers will be fed breakfast and lunch.

This is your park, in your community – help shape its future!

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