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March 16 Membership Meeting

Tom Dierauf, retired Director of Research for VA Dept. of Forestry, will speak about his research at Ivy Creek Natural Area, and the fascinating history of the property. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at VDoF.

2015 Symposium: Trees and Climate Impact

February 12, 2015
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SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1–5 pm

St. Anne’s-Belfield Upper School, 2132 Ivy Road

Speakers and Topics:

Bettina Ring, State Forester for Virginia , Opening Remarks

Joe Murray, ISA Instructor, Tree Biology and Climate

Judy Dunscomb, Senior Conservation Scientist, Enough to Last: Mitigating Impacts of Climate Change by Conserving Resilient Forests

Stephen Nash, Journalist and Research Scholar, Climate Change in Virginia and Its Impact on Forests

Registration:  $10 for Tree Stewards in advance; $15 for general public in advance; and $20 at the door.  Make check payable to Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards and mail to CATS, 1630 Brandywine Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22901.  Send an email address for confirmation.

See brochure for registration form and speaker biographies. For questions and more information, email Rosanne Simon,

Working With Trees…Naturally

February 23, 2015

Trees VA logoPlease plan on joining us Thursday, March 12th for the upcoming Roanoke Tree Care Workshop: Working With Trees… Naturally, at the Virginia western Community College. We have a great line up of speakers covering topics relating to urban wildlife and your bottom line, biological control of pests, urban wood utilization and stormwater management through tree planting.

For early registration prices, please register by Friday February 27th Read more…

February 18, 2015
BurThe spring newsletter of the VA Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation is now available for viewing in color on the VA Chapter website at:

On Page 8 there is mention of a Restoration 1.0 American chestnut that is going to be planted at Montpelier this spring, April 22, in honor of our friend Tom Dierauf.

Trees Virginia Conference

January 19, 2015

???????????????????Representatives from fourteen Tree Steward organizations across Virginia met in Richmond last November for a conference hosted by Trees Virginia. Our representatives were 2015 officers, from the left: Penny Kaiserlian, (Education Chair), Marty Topel, (Secretary), Rosanne Simon, (President), Martha Orton (Vice-President) and Jacki Vawter (not pictured).

Each chapter gave a short presentation on their activities, ways to become involved in the community, and how to make their group more visible. Read more…

Hope Still Alive for Hemlocks

January 16, 2015
Wooly adelgid

Hemlock woolly adelgid infestation

Robin Hanes’ sister in North Carolina sent a link to this encouraging news story from

The story describes the ecological important of hemlocks, and several methods of combating their decline. Scientists have identified a beetle that feeds exclusively on woolly adelgids. In areas where this beetle has been released, the hemlocks are starting to recover.

See more…

Fall Tree Voucher Success

November 25, 2014

Tree vouchers34 vouchers were redeemed by November 1st in the first Tree Voucher Program to be held in the fall. That represents 69% of all the vouchers given away on September 27th at the two Southern States garden centers in our area.

Jacki Vawter presented on the program at the recent Statewide Tree Steward Symposium in Richmond*.  She reported that since the spring of 2012, a total of 273 trees have been planted by homeowners in this incentive program.   Read more…

Great Turn Out and Success at Fall Tree Sale!

October 17, 2014
Tree Sale Oct 2014

Photo credit: Martha Morris

CATS volunteers sold around 350 trees at Charlottesville City Market Oct 11, featuring more than 44 varieties of mostly native trees. People from all over central Va  came to our tables, starting in the dark morning hours. Information on tree care as well as choosing trees was available in printed form as well as through our almost 20 volunteers.The hard rain passed us by. A little drizzle was fitting for a fall tree event.
If you missed us this year,  look for us at the Master Gardener Spring Sale, and again in early October 2015.

Here’s the link to a nice article at on-line C-Ville: