The Shore Big Trees program was conceived as an idea to plant the next locally famous big trees within the lifetime of the existing ancient trees on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Curtis Smith, Director of Planning, often reflected on the sycamore dating from the American Revolution that still lives on Back Street in the Town of Accomac. These beautiful big trees won’t always be with us but other big trees can.
The Shore Big Trees program was launched as part of the Plant ES Natives campaign and has received funding from Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program. This includies the tree markers in Accomac and in Wachapreague, where the Water Oak was dedicated as part of a Campaign celebration!
Curtis Smith obtained native plant recommendations from Dot Field, Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Elaine Meil, Executive Director, sourced and planted a white oak grown on the Eastern Shore. On September 12, 2014, a white oak was dedicated on the A-NPDC property, just around the corner from the ancient sycamore, and is now marked with a stone indicating the history of the planting. During the Exmore Annual Earth Day event in the Exmore Town Park, there were several Big Trees planted in 2016 and native honeysuckle trellised in 2017.
Please contact Shannon Alexander at [email protected] if you’re interested in having native Big Tree plantings for your Town, civic organization, or the like.
The Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission (A-NPDC) fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice, and related nondiscrimination statutes and regulations in all programs and activities.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance. Specifically, Title VI provides that "no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." (42 U.S.C. Section 2000d).
A-NPDC’s website, www.esvaplan.org, may be translated into multiple languages. Publications and other documents can be made available in alternate languages and formats upon request. A-NPDC public meetings are always held in ADA-accessible facilities and in transit-accessible locations when possible. Auxiliary services can be provided to individuals who submit a request at least seven days prior to a meeting. Requests made within seven days will be accommodated to the greatest extent possible. Any person who believes they have been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice by A-NPDC under Title VI has a right to file a formal complaint. Any such complaint may be in writing and filed with A-NPDC and/or the appropriate state or federal agency within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory occurrence. For more information on A-NPDC’s Title VI program, or to obtain a Title VI Complaint Form, please call (757) 787-2936 or email [email protected].