Ida Lee Park Riparian Tree Planting
The southern fork of Big Spring Branch runs through Ida Lee Park. In 2003, about an acre of the park was removed from the mowing maintenance and planted with small trees. A few very dry years and intensive deer pressure resulted in the loss of many of the planted trees.
Loudoun County, in cooperation with the Town of Leesburg and the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, conducted maintenance on the previously planted trees, removed another 2.5 acres from the mowing maintenance and planted 200 new tree seedlings in the 3.5-acre area. Approximately 100 volunteers from local scouting troops, the Lions Club, a Sorority Chapter and many individuals and families braved a chilly November morning to plant the trees.
The following week, the trees were protected from deer damage with the installation of tree tubes and stakes.
The trees are being monitored to ensure they get a healthy start. As the trees grow, they will improve the water quality in the stream by filtering out nutrients, contaminants and sediment while also providing beneficial wildlife habitat.
Tree species that were planted included:
- Allee Elm
- Bald Cypress
- Northern Red Oak
- Nutall Oak
- Red Maple
- Scarlet Oak
- Tulip Poplar
- Willow Oak