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Red Bay Trees
Posted on Apr 26th, 2022 Comments (0)
 
via ourtribune:
 
Q: What happened to the redbay trees along Kingwood Drive?
A: The Texas redbay (Persea borbonia) is a shapely evergreen that matures to about 30 feet, and prefers boggy or creekside situations in East Texas. The fragrant leaves can be used as a substitute bay leaf to flavor soups.
Recently redbay trees have been dying in home gardens and many are visibly dead along the Kingwood Drive wooded areas. They are being attacked by laurel wilt, caused by Raffaelea lauricola, a fungal symbiont of the redbay ambrosia beetle. The beetle and fungus were introduced into the United States near Savannah, Georgia, from Asia around 2000, and since then the disease has been spreading throughout the southern US.
Kate Henderson, who manages the fall Kingwood Garden Club tree sale and is involved with the Trees for Kingwood group, had a number of trees die in her garden. She contacted Mickey Merritt with the Texas A&M Forest Service to inspect her trees to determine the cause of death. These 2021 tree deaths are the first reported cases of laurel wilt in Harris County. It is a terminal disease for redbay trees. Beetles bore into the tree trunk and release the fungal virus which kills trees rapidly. When the beetles bore into trees, they often leave little spikes of sawdust that look like a small toothpick. Then leaves will discolor and die.
Anyone observing dying or dead redbay or sassafras trees (another tree that may be attacked by this pest) should notify the nearest Texas A&M Forest Service office.
Sadly, there is no cure once the trees are infected. Redbay occurs naturally along many of our creeks, and if you have a tree in your yard, please keep it healthy and enjoy this stately plant in your landscape.
$1.6 million for HCFCD’s Kingwood Diversion Ditch improvements.
New Swings for Woodland Hills Parks
Posted on Dec 11th, 2021 Comments (0)
The contractors have removed the old swings at Stoltz Park on Fir Springs and Corrigan Park near Willow Point to prepare for installation of new swings.
KSA Replacing River Grove Boat Launch Pier
Desilting under Kingwood Drive Bridge to Improve Water Flow in progess
Kingwood Diversion Ditch engineering study approved
Posted on Jul 13th, 2021 Comments (0)
This is the ditch that runs along the Western border of North and South Woodland Hills.
 
"Kingwood Diversion Ditch
HCFCD entered into a contract with Neel-Schaffer, Inc. for $437,685 for preliminary engineering on the Kingwood Diversion Ditch. Within 300 days,Neel-Schaffer must:
Evaluate existing site conditions, previous studies, other projects that could affect this one, topography, rights-of-way, utilities, and soil surveys.
Evaluate existing bridges
Conduct and H&H analysis to assess existing and proposed conditions (from 2-year to 500-year storms).
Analyze Channel Improvements including the:
Impact of TIRZ #10’s latest design to replace the Northpark Bridge
Diversion structure at the confluence of Bens Branch and the Diversion Channel
Drop structures in lieu of a concrete lined channel to minimize high velocities due to the steep grade between
Walnut Lane and Deer Ridge Estates Blvd.
Develop phased construction plans based on available funding, potential impacts and benefits.
Conduct two public engagement meetings and coordinate with community groups."
 
San Jacinto Bayou Greenway
Posted on Feb 6th, 2021 Comments (0)
This project will eventually connect Kingwood Greenbelt Trails with the Spring Creek Greenway to The Woodlands.