About the Author

Jenny is currently the Sustainability Manager for the City of Frederick. She has worked in the natural resources field for more than 20 years. Most of those years were spent breaking down complex science topics into terms that citizens, school groups, church groups, homeowner associations, scout troops and others could easily understand. She is an ISA certified arborist and consider muddy boots and hands to be the sign of a good day at the office.

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Assessing the Tree Canopy in the City of Frederick

For clean air and water, energy savings, and overall health, the city of Frederick has a goal of 40 percent tree canopy coverage. Tree canopy, the layer of branches, stems and leaves that cover the ground when viewed … [Read more...]

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Do you know where your water comes from?

In early December, about 150 gallons of lubricating oil was spilled into the Potomac River. The source was the NRG Energy power plant in Dickerson, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. This spill didn’t … [Read more...]

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The Most Important Tree You’ll Ever Plant

Every spring, I am asked to recommend trees for specific spaces, trees that will not drop too much so-called trash, trees that will have pretty flowers, trees that are engineered to fit into tight spaces. But, … [Read more...]

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Peepers Are a-Peepin’

The ear-piercing and incessant peeping from the spring peeper is the bellwether of the our region’s annual awakening. It’s amazing that a group of frogs, each smaller than two inches in length, can produce a chorus that … [Read more...]

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Fishing Creek watershed, the city’s gem

Nestled between Gambrill and Cunningham Falls state parks is a 7,000-acre forested parcel of city-owned land designated to protect Fishing Creek watershed and reservoir, an impoundment that provides about 11 percent of … [Read more...]

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Top Five Awesomely Trashy Trees and Why You Should Plant Them

One of reasons folks don't plant certain trees is that they see them as "trashy." Not hooker trashy, but messy, meaning they drop a lot of crap that needs to be raked or cleaned from a gutter. I compiled this list based … [Read more...]

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Jenny Willoughby: New Sustainability Manager for the City of Frederick

As I ponder all my Earth Days past, all the trash collected, all the trees planted, all the streams monitored on this day for the 23 years I’ve been in this field, I can’t help but think of my efforts multiplied by … [Read more...]