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Next Member Meeting, Monday September 21

No meeting in August, but we're looking forward to a field trip to Bremo Nursery in September.

Do you want to become a tree steward?

August 27, 2015

Sojourner-elmDo you want to learn more about tree identification and tree care?

Registration is now open for the popular Charlottesville Area Tree Steward training class.  Classes for the Fall 2015 training class will be held on Tuesday or Saturday mornings from October 6 to December 8 at the Virginia Department of Forestry, Fontaine Research Park, in Charlottesville and Ivy Creek Natural Area.  There will be a field trip to Montpelier’s Old Growth Forest.  Tuition is $95.00 and includes all books and materials.

For further information and to register, go to  http://www.opendoors1.org (Community Education classes/Home and Garden) or call (434) 975-9450.   Payment is due by September 22.

2015 Waynesboro Tree Workshop

August 19, 2015

465d988a-5c62-4eb8-bb91-936ee30e8580[1]Every year the tree stewards look forward to the Waynesboro Tree Workshop. This year it will be held on Friday, September 18th at the Best Western Inn and Conference Center, just off I-64, Exit 94.

The early bird rate for tree stewards, master gardeners, and other students is just $55. After August 28th, however, everyone will be charged $100.

Click on Workshop Website to see the list of speakers, as well as registration details. The popular Joe Murray will be speaking about Trees and Turf: An Antagonistic Relationship in the morning, and Lichens 101 in the afternoon at Ridgeview Park. Lunch is included.

Emerald Ash Borer video

August 8, 2015

Emerald Ash Borer videoTree Steward Jacki Vawter was interviewed by CBS19 News recently in connection with a story on the imminent arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer. The interview took place under the large “landmark” ash behind the Albemarle County Historical Society. Adam Downing, Virginia Cooperative Extension Forester, and Doug Ehman, Parks Division Manager for the city of Charlottesville, also spoke.

Click on the picture to see the video and read the transcript of their conversation.

Tree Basics Class: Wednesday September 2

August 3, 2015

Tree Basics logo B&WCharlottesville Tree Stewards are offering the popular “Tree Basics for Homeowners” class: 10:00 am at the new Northside Library (705 West Rio Road), Wednesday, September 2, 2015.

The FREE two-hour class covers selecting, planting and caring for trees–as well as free books and a tree planting demonstration.

See FLYER for details. Registration recommended.  Call 974-7683

2015 Tree Steward Training Class Brochure

July 8, 2015
Species illustrations by Juliette Watts, Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry

Species illustrations by Juliette Watts, Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry

The 2015 Tree Steward training class brochure is now available!

Classes will be held from October 6 to December 8 on Tuesday mornings at the Virginia Department of Forestry, Fontaine Research Park, in Charlottesville.  Registration information will be announced on our website and through Albemarle County Community Education’s Open Doors program.   Tuition is $95.00 and includes all books and materials.

Click to download the class brochure in WORD format, or PDF format. Read more…

Don’t Forget to Water Young Trees this Summer!

June 17, 2015

7931-spiralAfternoon thunder showers are not sufficient to water trees during the summer. Take the time to provide water to thirsty trees, especially young trees.

It is important to water deeply to a depth of 10 to 12” instead of frequent shallow waterings. Soaker hoses work well for this. Saturate the soil around the tree within the dripline.

These two websites provide additional information on this important aspect of tree care:
www.colostate.edu/Dept/CoopExt/4DMG/Trees/caring.htm
www.arborday.org/trees/tips/watering.cfm

Celebrate Elms!

June 6, 2015
Elm-with-soldier

Courthouse Elm

Despite the ravaging Dutch elm disease, Charlottesville boasts several large elm trees. On Arbor Day in April of this year, tree stewards nominated the elm in front of Albemarle Courthouse (501 E. Jefferson St.) as a Landmark tree. The plaque reads: “2015 Landmark Tree Award, Albemarle Circuit Court, American Elm, Ulmus americana, in recognition of the Charlottesville area’s living history”. Read more…