Cheverly Green Infrastructure Plan
Planning with nature for Cheverly's future

Preserve, restore and sustain the natural environment of Cheverly and surrounding areas as intact and healthy ecosystems, through a community participatory process, balancing the fulfillment of human needs and protection of the natural environment.

 This plan will help guide future development, redevelopment, and investment policy decisions in a proactive and sustainable manner within and around the Town of Cheverly.

The Full Text of the Cheverly Green Infrastructure Plan

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The Cheverly Green Infrastructure Plan in Brief

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A Meadow Comes to Cheverly Right of Way

If you see Pepco contractor trucks mowing in the “Wayne Street” right of way about the end of January, it will be the beginning of a new meadow in Cheverly.

This is the right of way running from near Magruder Spring to Parkway extended, parallel to route 50 and a stretch of Woodworth Trail. It runs along Wayne Street, a paper street.

In the past Pepco has mowed the right of way about every five years, to make sure trees do not interfere with its power lines. Now, with Pepco, the Town of Cheverly, and the Cheverly Green Infrastructure Committee working together,

Pepco will now manage the area as a natural habitat -- a meadow, or low-profile shrub/scrub plant community. That should mean no more mowing in the future.

Meadow management of the right-of-way is among the recommendations of the Cheverly Green Infrastructure Plan adopted by the Town of Cheverly in 2011.

The first stage of the project will be an initial mowing of existing vegetation to one-foot high. The area to be mowed is shown in pink cross-hatching on the map above. The mowing will be done in winter to protect ground nesting birds and

other wildlife. This will be the only part of the project to require vehicles. Any further maintenance will be done on foot. No mowing will take place on the banks of the step pools created at the outfall near Magruder Spring. Instead,

Pepco will cut the tall growing trees out by hand, leaving the viburnum, a low growing plant compatible with the power lines. That area is shown on the map in green cross-hatching.

What happens next? Each Spring, probably in May, herbicides will be used selectively to suppress the growth of trees which typically grow tall. The plan is to promote the growth of forbs, grasses, and shrubs in place of trees. Pepco will

prescribe an aquatic herbicide mix which is safe to use in wetland areas with standing water and just treat only the tall growing tree species that start coming back up. After a few cycles of the application, once the tall growing tree species

have been managed, longer periods will elapse between applications. Invasive shrubs, such as Autumn Olive, will be removed. Vines growing on power-line poles and guy wires will be treated. Pepco will do no planting. Invasive

herbaceous plants will generally not be treated.

The intent of the project is to encourage a low-growing plant community that will not have to be disturbed periodically. Among the locally rare plants found in the right of way are Maryland meadow beauty (Rhexia mariana) and yellow

passionflower (Passiflora lutea). Fuller inventories of plants in the area.

Cody Hesseltine, Pepco arborist, will supervise the operations. So if you see him working, stop by and say hello.

Streaming Cheverly

2017 Photo Contest -- Cheverly's Streams, Springs, and Wetlands, and all who live in, on, or near them.

The Cheverly Green Infrastructure Committee invites you to celebrate the richness of life in Cheverly and help inspire its protection and conservation.                                  

This year the focus was on Cheverly’s streams, springs and wetlands – and all that live in, on, and around them.

Help Put Our Green Practices on the Map

Tour the Green Trail

Green Infrastructure Committee Meetings

Cheverly Green Plan

The Cheverly Green Infrastructure Committee meets the first Monday of the month. See the calendar above for upcoming meetings.

7:30 PM, Cheverly Community Center, large conference room

All meetings are open. We  suggest you contact sheila.salo (at) to request a  copy of the agenda.

All are welcome at any of the meetings

We Implement the Cheverly Green Plan

August 8, 2013, the Town Council votes in favor of a resolution adopting a revision to the Town Park master plan.

February 28, 2013. Neighborhood Design Center presents draft Town Park Master Plan revision to the Town Council.

September 11, 2012. Annual report of Cheverly Green Infrastructure Committee activities presented to Cheverly Environmental Forum.

May 2, 2012. Cheverly residents reported on current uses and desired changes to Town Park at a public meeting with the Neighborhood Design Center.

November 19, 2011: The Green Plan Implementation Kick-Off Event featured green actions for homeowners and activities for all ages.

November 10, 2011: The Town Council voted to register for the
Sustainable Maryland Program.

October 13, 2011: The Town Council established the Green Infrastructure Committee to oversee implementation of the Cheverly Green Infrastructure Plan.

September 22, 2011: The Town of Cheverly voted to join the Baltimore Washington Partners for Forest Stewardship.

At the September 8, 2011 Town Meeting
the Town Council voted to “adopt the Recommendations of the Cheverly Green Infrastructure Plan as a framework to inform investment and activities of the town.”  Read the resolution.

The Back Story

If you want to follow the development of the Cheverly Green Infrastructure Plan in detail, you will find some of the background reports here.

Final Report of the Outreach and Education Working Group to the Chesapeake Bay Trust, March 20, 2012
    Learn about the outreach and education activities that involved the steering committee, community organizations, the Cheverly Town government and staff, and Cheverly citizens in creating the Cheverly Green Infrastructure Plan

Presentation of the Cheverly Green Plan

On June 23, 2011, a summary of the proposed Cheverly Green Infrastructure Plan was presented to the Town Council. This was the second such presentation.

View the presentation.

Composting Workshop participants

Click here for the refresher course in composting.

NEW     Hear Doug Tallamy talk about sustaining wildlife with native plants in your garden

Cheverly's Streams, Springs, and Wetlands.

Want to build a rain garden? See tips and links here.

New web site

Find news and observations of nature in our town at Cheverly Nature.

Cheverly Vegetable Garden Plots 

 See the planning projects page for county-wide green and planning projects and information on hearings and other meetings.