Sunday, February 3, 2013

Who Says DC Can’t Handle Snow?

We knew we were taking a risk when we decided to have community clean-ups in January and February, but the week leading up to January 26 was remarkable, with the longest run of freezing temperatures in DC in five years. The afternoon before the event saw the winter's first snow fall. The half an inch that accumulated was enough to closed area schools two hours early, but the ten volunteers who appeared at our new meeting location at the corner of 4th and Newcomb Streets SE were undeterred. Temperatures rose to near 40, the began to melt, and the forest smiled on us.

An intrepid group from University of Maryland saved more than thirty trees along the south side of Malcolm X Avenue from an infestation of English ivy, while three strapping young men hauled 30 tires up the hill.

On Saturday, February 23, we hope for even better weather and an even better turn out from our amazing volunteers.