Ward 8 Woods

Ward 8 Woods We're mobilizing residents of Ward 8 in the District of Columbia to reclaiming our wild public lands and reduce harmful run-off into to our rivers.

Operating as usual

One of the grossest things we've ever cleaned up: a whole turkey, dumped on the sidewalk of Joliet Street SW. Why do peo...
10/07/2021

One of the grossest things we've ever cleaned up: a whole turkey, dumped on the sidewalk of Joliet Street SW.

Why do people have to be so ratchet?

One of the grossest things we've ever cleaned up: a whole turkey, dumped on the sidewalk of Joliet Street SW.

Why do people have to be so ratchet?

Join this free workshop and learn green best practices for auto mechanics, shop owners, and fleet managers. https://doee...
10/06/2021
GreenWrench Winter Workshop | ddoe

Join this free workshop and learn green best practices for auto mechanics, shop owners, and fleet managers.

https://doee.dc.gov/event/greenwrench-winter-workshop

This winter workshop will provide environmental technical assistance, tools, and best practices for the Districts’ automotive industry. Registrants may choose to attend the workshop in-person at DOEE headquarters (1200 First Street, NE) or join us online (see WebEx instructions below). Please join...

We generally discourage the carving of trees, but these one's at Roosevelt Island are so dense and intricate that they a...
10/05/2021

We generally discourage the carving of trees, but these one's at Roosevelt Island are so dense and intricate that they are strangely beautiful.

We generally discourage the carving of trees, but these one's at Roosevelt Island are so dense and intricate that they are strangely beautiful.

10/04/2021
Yesterday members of The Mission Continues DC Platoon removed nearly 3,000 pounds of trash from the heavily polluted and...
10/03/2021

Yesterday members of The Mission Continues DC Platoon removed nearly 3,000 pounds of trash from the heavily polluted and overgrown woods between Robinson Place and Suitland Parkway. Volunteers included veterans of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. We are truly grateful for their ongoing commitment to service.

Who knew poaching was a problem in the Potomac River region? Unfortunately, the pet trade has been targeting our indigen...
09/23/2021

Who knew poaching was a problem in the Potomac River region? Unfortunately, the pet trade has been targeting our indigenous turtles. Can new legislation help keep our shelled friends wild?

http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2021/aug/22/new-law-could-help-save-turtles/?emci=5a662c74-c41b-ec11-981f-501ac57ba3ed&emdi=8bb51270-4f1c-ec11-981f-0050f271a1a2&ceid=7973942

Who knew poaching was a problem in the Potomac River region? Unfortunately, the pet trade has been targeting our indigenous turtles. Can new legislation help keep our shelled friends wild?

http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2021/aug/22/new-law-could-help-save-turtles/?emci=5a662c74-c41b-ec11-981f-501ac57ba3ed&emdi=8bb51270-4f1c-ec11-981f-0050f271a1a2&ceid=7973942

Saturday, September 25 is National Public Lands Day, and local environmentalist are marking the occasion with a frontal ...
09/22/2021

Saturday, September 25 is National Public Lands Day, and local environmentalist are marking the occasion with a frontal assault on invasive species. There are 25 DMV locations to choose from, including one in the Ward 7 section of Ft. Stanton Park.

https://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/weed-wrangler-event?utm_source=Rock+Creek+Conservancy+Newsletter&utm_campaign=8ddd01e0b3-Rock+Creek+Gala+-+2019+Two+Weeks_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a4f0fb7364-8ddd01e0b3-379356345#tags=258468

Saturday, September 25 is National Public Lands Day, and local environmentalist are marking the occasion with a frontal assault on invasive species. There are 25 DMV locations to choose from, including one in the Ward 7 section of Ft. Stanton Park.

https://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/weed-wrangler-event?utm_source=Rock+Creek+Conservancy+Newsletter&utm_campaign=8ddd01e0b3-Rock+Creek+Gala+-+2019+Two+Weeks_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a4f0fb7364-8ddd01e0b3-379356345#tags=258468

There's still time to apply for free high school diploma andworkforce programs at Academy of Hope in Congress Heights!ht...
09/22/2021
Academy of Hope DC (AOHDC)

There's still time to apply for free high school diploma and
workforce programs at Academy of Hope in Congress Heights!

https://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001TCvwLuOEeeT7Rh6DAeGytpvkyz8Tj3WFSritm2GZVRmB5uVKejNpUSZmkiWbbcHnemX2PXLnVx0Vp0iYHvHkwR5PyyKDHxNy3z10zcetDSS2zwx1cdGW_6h6ZS0lsFe5mbxyRPgJ2Rg=&c=p7Xf4_Frw9It7RFZVxxLn712_cLGN04CfUG8qBChEXGodEca8g9GMA==&ch=lFVq09aw2Sm59qzEiwezYMy7yol1NnepXf4HFT_6Yp9sM6l7ZSDMSg==

Academy of Hope's mission is to provide high quality education and services that change lives and improve our communities.

09/22/2021
We and others have been telling the Council has that the Ft. Totten dump is a safety and environmental disaster and need...
09/21/2021
DC firefighters respond to flames at Fort Totten trash transfer station | WTOP

We and others have been telling the Council has that the Ft. Totten dump is a safety and environmental disaster and need to be replaced.

DPW officials say the facility will be completely renovated in 2022. I can't happen soon enough.

https://wtop.com/dc/2021/09/dc-firefighters-respond-to-flames-at-fort-totten-trash-transfer-station/

D.C. firefighters are on the scene of a fire at the Fort Totten Trash Transfer Station.

09/21/2021

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew

#Ward8Woods would like to extend our gratitude to the #VolunteerGroup from @catholicuniversity for offering a helping hand with the clean up of the 100+ acres of forest between Suitland Parkway and Shipley Terrace.

GO CARDINALS! #CleanItClaimIt

Cleaning up Bald Eagle Hill along Joliet Street SW.
09/17/2021

Cleaning up Bald Eagle Hill along Joliet Street SW.

Ward 8 Woods and our Park Steward Churck Chuck Jenkins are featured in this month's edition of East of the River magazin...
09/15/2021
Ward 8 Woods Conservancy - East of the River

Ward 8 Woods and our Park Steward Churck Chuck Jenkins are featured in this month's edition of East of the River magazine!

https://eastoftheriverdcnews.com/2021/09/14/ward-8-woods-conservancy/

Getting a job can be tough if you don’t have a high school diploma, but it can be even tougher if you’ve been incarcerated and convicted of a crime. Where do you look for work when you’re just out of prison? Chuck Jenkins is a 31-year-old park steward who has been working with Ward 8 […]

https://takeaction.oceanconservancy.org/page/89760/action/1?ea.tracking.id=21LPICTAXX&utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagi...
09/13/2021
Let's Tackle Takeout Trash

https://takeaction.oceanconservancy.org/page/89760/action/1?ea.tracking.id=21LPICTAXX&utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=202109_ICCReport&utm_content=20210913-ICCReport-Prospects-Email1B-21LPICTAXX&ea.url.id=5494464

I just took action with @OurOcean to protect the ocean. Will you join me? The 2021 International Coastal Cleanup report “unwrapped” that all the food and beverage plastic packaging that so commonly comes with our takeout orders is causing a big problem for our ocean. Take action now to put an en...

"Oxon-Run-hike-2-May-30-1915"
09/08/2021

"Oxon-Run-hike-2-May-30-1915"

"Oxon-Run-hike-2-May-30-1915"

In 2019 eight acres of forest in Ward 8 were cut down to make way for the next Malcolm X Avenue Interchange Project.Now ...
09/08/2021
Tweet ATL City Council: Stop Cop City!

In 2019 eight acres of forest in Ward 8 were cut down to make way for the next Malcolm X Avenue Interchange Project.

Now the city of Atlanta is threatening to bulldoze a forest ten times that size- 85 acres- for a police training facility.

Atlanta residents have been loud and clear: Cop City is an environmental nightmare and a threat to Black lives. Tell ATL City Council to vote NO and #StopCopCity!

09/08/2021
09/08/2021
The only place on Earth where orangutans, elephants, rhinos, and tigers live together is being ripped to shreds to make ...
09/07/2021
The maker of Cadbury is in deep trouble

The only place on Earth where orangutans, elephants, rhinos, and tigers live together is being ripped to shreds to make way for palm oil.

Caught red handed

🌲What does forest loss have to do with the spread of Lyme disease?⛈️ What is "thunderstorm asthma" and can allergies in ...
09/03/2021
People, Health, and Justice

🌲What does forest loss have to do with the spread of Lyme disease?

⛈️ What is "thunderstorm asthma" and can allergies in the DC region get any worse?

🦟 How long *scratch scratch* is bug bite season lasting these days?

FIND OUT THE ANSWERS!

Part 3 the Potomac Conservancy's local climate change series answers these questions as we explore the public health impacts of our changing environment.

https://click.everyaction.com/k/35154245/304205420/-257010429?nvep=ew0KICAiVGVuYW50VXJpIjogIm5ncHZhbjovL3Zhbi9FQS9FQTAwMS8xLzU5MjA3IiwNCiAgIkRpc3RyaWJ1dGlvblVuaXF1ZUlkIjogImI0YjZjZGY4LWM4MGMtZWMxMS05ODFmLTUwMWFjNTdiYTNlZCIsDQogICJFbWFpbEFkZHJlc3MiOiAibmF0aGFuQHdhcmQ4d29vZHMub3JnIg0KfQ%3D%3D&hmac=nYmo_obeByu5CdeI0aEOSF4aYu2woML38wqTrvO7crY=&emci=da15d47e-c80c-ec11-981f-501ac57ba3ed&emdi=b4b6cdf8-c80c-ec11-981f-501ac57ba3ed&ceid=7973942

The climate crisis isn’t an environmental issue. It’s a life-or-death issue. In Part 3a of our climate series, we look at how the warming atmosphere and rising waters are wrecking our health and exacerbating inequalities in our community.

08/24/2021
Here are the results to far
08/24/2021

Here are the results to far

Here are the results to far

“Don’t Litter” - What Says It Best?Messaging Survey ResultsLast month we asked you, our supporters, to share your though...
08/24/2021
Anti-Littering Campaign Messaging Survey

“Don’t Litter” - What Says It Best?
Messaging Survey Results

Last month we asked you, our supporters, to share your thoughts on why people in Ward 8 litter and what messages might inspire them not to. Thanks to the 83 people who have participated so far. If you’re not one of them, stop reading now and complete the survey.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYR_ybPtfldiqqUhJWodPRQUpy794Ys25gecZ6oNKhokZo5g/viewform?usp=sf_link

Ward 8 Woods is preparing to launch a major campaign to discourage littering in Ward 8. Your input will help shape our messaging.

08/24/2021
08/23/2021

Volunteers with the Mission Continues removed 1,000 tires from the woods behind Congress Park on Saturday. Much love to our veterans.

News from the Woods - August 2021 https://mailchi.mp/363d15b90795/august-news-from-the-woods
08/19/2021
August news from the woods

News from the Woods - August 2021 https://mailchi.mp/363d15b90795/august-news-from-the-woods

The Mission Continues is an organization empowering military veterans to continue their service by applying their talent, skills and preparedness as volunteers, working alongside nonprofit partners. Their DC Service Platoon has been a major force in improving our parks - tackling deferred maintenanc...

The Anacostia Watershed Society's Saturday Watershed Academy is now accepting applications for middle school-ages studen...
08/19/2021
Saturday Environmental Academy

The Anacostia Watershed Society's Saturday Watershed Academy is now accepting applications for middle school-ages students for this fall.

https://www.anacostiaws.org/what-we-do/education/saturday-environmental-academy.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=fb012d44-5f93-40f3-80e1-492f7ab0cdd4

The Anacostia Watershed Society's Saturday Environmental Academy (SEA) is a free, weekend-based, out-of-school-time environmental education program for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. The goal of the program is to stimulate interest in and provide a fundamental education about the environment, a...

There are more than 25 mostly-buried streams in Ward 8, many of which are aboveground as they pass through the parks. We...
08/17/2021
70% Of D.C.’s Streams Have Disappeared. Where Did They Go?

There are more than 25 mostly-buried streams in Ward 8, many of which are aboveground as they pass through the parks. We did a survey of our own and didn't know until today that DOEE was doing one.

https://wamu.org/story/21/08/16/70-of-dc-streams-have-disappeared-where-did-they-go/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=wamu_insider_081721&utm_content=Insider+-+8/17/21

There were once deep, clear swimming holes near what's now Union Station. As D.C. developed, creeks were paved over or piped.

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Environmental Justice in the Woods of Ward 8

Healthy urban forests clean the air and water, lower summer temperatures, provide habitat for native plants and animals, and invite residents and visitors to exercise and connect with nature.

The District of Columbia’s Ward 8 boasts more than 500 acres of eastern hardwood forest, where hikers will find massive old-growth trees, dramatic hilly terrain, streams, wetlands, panoramic views, remnants of historic structures, Bald eagle nests, and even rare plant species.

Sadly, these lands have been neglected by government agencies and scarred by decades of illegal dumping. Invasive species from other parts of the world have grown rampant and choked out unique plants native to this area. The condition of these parks is particularly shameful when compared to the well-maintained parklands in more affluent areas of the District.

We employ Ward 8 residents as Park Stewards to restore the health and beauty of the forests by removing trash and invasive species. Our future plans include hiking trails, replanting og native species, and educational and recreation programs for children and adults.

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Good Afternoon, My name is Jasmine Joyner and I am a junior project manager for the Congress Heights Partnership. The Congress Heights Partnership is a catalyst for collaboration, designed to convene community dialogue and respond to the concerns of Congress Heights residents, Ward 8 businesses, developers, and investors while serving as a trusted clearinghouse of in-depth knowledge and analysis to amplify Congress Heights’ opportunities. Attached is our flier we need the input of Congress Heights Residents concerning the new developments at St. Elizabeth, specifically for Parcel 15. Can you please register for the new engagement site, complete a survey, and also pass this off to the residents and business owners in our community. We are here to help and want the people to be a part of the new developments. I am also going to be available for residents to participate by just personally giving me a call at 202-561-4026 and I will register and conduct a small survey over the phone. Thanks so much. I look forward to hearing from you. Click the following link to go straight to the site and click the get involved button to add your input. Respectfully, Jasmine Joyner [email protected] 202-561-4026
Are we still on today if it rains? My grandson and I want to know because we are signed up for todays hike meetup 1800 Valley Ter SE?
https://bit.ly/3az6wHQ LIMITED EDITION. SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT!
The National Park Service has declared next week Latino Conservation Week. This video is on point in emphasizing that our national parks belong equally to all Americans. https://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=6C0FF6FF-F649-C515-2E3D4FB925A0C73C
TCG really enjoyed working with Ward 8 Woods today. The weather didn’t stop us from hauling a lot of trash from the park. Thank you for your dedication to Ward 8.