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The Volunteer Bamboo Warriors of GHI

Greenbelt Homes Woodlands Committee project sign

by Kathie Jarva, chair of the GHI Woodlands Committee

A huge THANK YOU to all the neighbors who joined members of the GHI Woodlands Committee on Saturday, June 20,  to cut down a prodigious amount of Golden Bamboo from GHI wooded areas near 2, 4, and 6 Courts of Ridge.

Greenbelt Homes Woodlands Committee removes bamboo
Bamboo warriors pictured in front of just one of the piles of cut bamboo are (back row from left) Richard Olsen, Michael Chesnes, Neil Comperetto and Sonja Junekand  and (front row from left) Mary-Denise Smith and yours truly.


The Woodlands Committee spends one weekend morning a month working in GHI common areas trying to control invasives.  We take requests!  Feel free to come to a meeting (3rd Wednesday each month, 7 p.m. in the GHI Admin Building. Or contact me by mail khjarva@gmail.com or by replying to this posting.
Greenbelt Homes Woodlands Committee removes bamboo


The mission here was to create access to the back yards of these units.  Several feel are required for safety purposes. The piles of bamboo we created were then collected by GHI and sent off to be put through a tub grinder because bamboo fibers can clog a normal chipper.

Greenbelt Homes Woodlands Committee removes bamboo


Gavin Olsen saved one piece of bamboo with fishing pole potential. His brother Keller also helped that morning, along with Keith Bare, Teresa Smithson, Karen Peterson, Eric Leuliette, John Paul Schmit, and Richard Menis.

Photos by Woodlands Committee member Susan Harris

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Susan started blogging about Greenbelt soon after moving here in 2012, and that first blog has grown into this nonprofit community website. Retired from garden writing and teaching, she continues to blog at GardenRant.com. In 2021 Susan joined the Board of Directors of Greenbelt Access TV. Susan launched the video blog "Susan's Hoop Dancing Journey" after trying hula hooping during the 2022 Crazy Quilt Music Festival.

3 Responses

  1. Aileen
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    Where does the bamboo go?

  2. Aileen
    | Reply

    What was done with the final bamboo product?

  3. larry
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    Great effort. That stuff is tenacious and grows like crazy. Glad no one planted Kudzu here.

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