Howard Jackson was a dedicated volunteer in Long Reach Village. He loved Columbia and Long Reach, working very hard on various projects and committees. Some of his concerns dealt with open space, consumer affairs, and the well-being of the community in general.

Mr. Jackson served as chairman of the Long Reach Open Space Committee, working with residents and County officials in spruce-up projects and helping to resolve issues regarding the silt ponds in the Village. He was a member of the Columbia-wide Open Space Forum and of the newly formed ad hoc Open Space Site Identification Committee of the CA Executive Committee. He was influential in the efforts of Long Reach to obtain a left-hand turn signal at the intersection of Tamar Drive and Rt. 175. He was involved in the efforts to obtain street lighting along Tamar Drive, collecting signatures and encouraging the Village Board to pursue the issue. In cooperation with the Howard County Police Department, Howard helped develop Operation Identification, a project to decrease the incidences of burglaries. He conducted a campaign in Long Reach to remove the graffiti on the walls of the tunnel used by school children to cross Rt. 175.

So that all Columbians will be reminded of his contributions to the community, the Long Reach Pond, known as Hittman Pond, has officially been renamed Jackson Pond. The Long Reach Village Board has earmarked funds for a memorial plaque to be placed at Jackson Pond.

Marcia Harris, Reach Out, June 1978


Trees at Jackson Pond

In addition to providing lakeside recreational opportunities, Jackson Pond has a fine collection of both native and exotic trees and shrubs. Each tree below is linked to its Arbor Tag which describes the distinguishing features of the species. Those pages can be used to make your own laminated tree tags.

American Beech Fagus americana
American Holly Ilex opaca
Amur Maple Acer ginnala
Autumn Olive Elaeagnus umbellata
Black Cherry Prunus serotina
Black Locust Tilia americana
Black Walnut Juglans nigra
Black Willow Salix nigra
Crabapple Malus coronaria
Corkscrew Willow Salix matsudana cv Tortuosa
Colorado Spruce Picea pungens
Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Dogwood Cornus florida
Forsythia Forsythia x intermedia
Flowering Cherry Prunus serrulata
Flowering Plum Prunus cerasifera
Green Ash Fraxinus pennsylvanica
Goldenrain Koelreuteria paniculata
Hazel Alder Alnus serrulata
Honey Locust Gleditsia triacanthos
Japanese Maple Acer palmatum
Kwanzan Cherry Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan'
London Plane Tree Platanus x acerifolia
Norway Maple Acer platanoides
Pin Oak Quercus palustris
Redbud Cercis canadensis
Red Maple Acer rubrum
Sweetgum Liquidambar styraciflua
Sugar Maple Acer saccharum
Silver Maple Acer saccharinum
Sweet Cherry Prunus avium
Tulip Poplar Liriodendron tulipifera
Weeping Willow Salix babylonica
White Ash Fraxinus americana
White Mulberry Morus alba
White Pine Pinus strobus
Willow Oak Quercus phellos
Witch Hazel Hamamelis virginiana
Yew Taxus baccata
Zelkova Zelkova serrata



In particular you should see the Corkscrew Willow. Introduced to the U.S. from China in 1923, the Hankow Willow (Salix matsudana) is an extraordinary member of the willow family. This tree is dedicated to the great Japanese botanist Sadahisa Matsudo who wrote one of the first floras of China: a catalog, systematically describing the plants of the country. 

The contortions of the Corkscrew Willow (Salix matsudana cv. Tortuosa) is the most notable feature; even the leaves are curled and twisted. Like many willows the leaves are alternate and narrow, coming to a slender point. The catkins grow upright, about one inch long, and open in late April. 

The younger shoots being more flexible exhibit the greatest degree of twisting, but all components of the tree, its stems and branches, are dramatically contorted. 

The contorted twisting of the branches, the stems, and the leaves of the Corkscrew Willow make it a central specimen in many gardens. A tree of moderate size it grows to 30 feet, occasionally up to 50 feet high. Its contortions make this tree an attraction especially in wintertime. 


Jackson Pond is located in the Phelps Luck neighborhood of Columbia, MD. Visit Google Maps for directions