Public Service Program on Aging Trees

What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Their Aging Trees.  

Charlotte  is known for its trees, and Myers Park and surrounding neighborhoods are some of the city’s most notable areas in terms of the extent of their tree canopies.  Recently, we also have had several trees fall and do some serious damage.

On February 24, 2015, the Myers Park Homeowners Association sponsored an Education Program titled What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About their Aging Trees at Myers Park Presbyterian Church.

Rather than present this program to just members of the Myers Park community, the MPHA Board thought it was such a timely and necessary topic that we opened the program to anyone who wished to attend.  The attendance exceeded our expectations. There were people from all over Charlotte, even Davidson and Fort Mill, who attended.  The audience also included landscapers, arborists, and other people who work with trees.

MPHA board member and and long-time resident of Myers Park, Jack McNeary, a former President of the American Society of Consulting Arborists  (1991), gave a most informative presentation.  The program included slides to show homeowners some of the things to look for in assessing their trees.  Jack has been collecting this data for more than 25 years.   There was a Q&A session following the presentation.

Over 170 people attended the program, despite the ice and snow that day.  Also contributing to the program with information about local efforts to expand our tree canopy was Dave Cable of treesCharlotte.  Charlotte City Arborist Don McSween was one of the attendees and was recognized for his outstanding service to the city.  He is retiring at the end of the April.

The program was videotaped and will be posted on this website www.mpha.com,   wwmw.jackmcneary.com     and www.treesCharlotte.com. The video will be ready in approximately four weeks.

We all owe a debt of gratitude to Jack for the time he put into this program. Thank you , Jack!

Sadler Barnhardt

President Myers Park Homeowners Association