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No August Meeting

Our next regular meeting will be Monday, September 15. Rob Farrell from DOF will be the speaker.

Annual picnic

June 21, 2014

group photoMany thanks to Linda and Peter Knapp for hosting the annual tree steward picnic at their boat house for the third consecutive year! The weather was perfect.

After the usual business meeting some people took a walk in the woods, others enjoyed paddle boats and canoes, while others relaxed on the dock. After a delicious pot-luck luncheon, some brave souls even went swimming. Read more…

Spring Tree Notes

May 18, 2014

Airport Oak plaqueOn April 25, the famous white oak at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport received the tree stewards’ 2014 Landmark Tree Award.

Seen here, l. to r., are Ann Mallek, County Supervisor, David Powell, Senior Area Forester from DOF, Jason Burch, Director of Public Relations, Albemarle Airport Authority, and Carol Wise, tree steward.  Read more…

Tree Stewards’ Tree Nursery

May 16, 2014

Lester and sonsRobin Hanes writes: “The Tree  Stewards’ wonderful Tree Nursery is nearby Jay Gillenwater’s Grandview Nursery. Manager Lester Henderson and his sons (seen l. to r., Chad, Joe and Matt), made frames to hold the tall pots up, built potting tables, hauled the soil into a walled mound and built a large tent. We just missed yesterday’s downpour at our big potting event. Huge thanks goes to Jay for his generosity, this temperate location and to Lester’s care all year long. They are the backbone of this project!  Read more…

2014 Tree Voucher Program

April 25, 2014
Janet and tree vouchersCATS gave away over 130 tree vouchers in four weeks to homeowners as an incentive to plant a tree this spring.
The approach used this third year of the program was to have tree stewards stationed at the five cooperating garden centers on two busy Saturdays from 10 AM to 2 PM.  As a homeowner came to us, we were able to identify the conditions for receiving the $25 tree voucher, discuss tree selection, and answer questions about tree care.

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Huzzah for the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards!

April 21, 2014

Hands drawing

Cindy Cartwright from Venable Elementary School brought 66 3rd-graders over to Forest Hills Park for Kids Arbor Day last Thursday, April 17. She posted lots of photos on the Venable blog, and some of the kids added captions. See all pictures and captions at http://venable303.weebly.com/blog.htmlRead more…

Successful Symposium

April 10, 2014
Speakers Dean Norton, Tom Dierauf, Joan Maloof and Peter Hatch

Speakers Dean Norton, Tom Dierauf, Joan Maloof and Peter Hatch

Thank you to all who attended the Historic Tree Symposium last Sunday, April 6th! We estimate over 120 people attended.

This was the first time the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards had put on a community education project. It took a lot of people working behind the scenes to make it work. Special thanks to Robin Hanes who lined up the speakers, and to Rosanne Simon who secured the location. Numerous other tree stewards helped, as well. Read more…

Whiteoak Canyon to be Included in Old-Growth Forest Network!

March 29, 2014

SNP logoOn Thursday, April 3, Shenandoah National Park’s Whiteoak Canyon, located in Madison County, Virginia, will become part of the national Old-Growth Forest Network. A dedication ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the Whiteoak Canyon Trailhead, milepost 42.4 along Skyline Drive. Joan Maloof, founder and director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, will speak briefly and present a certificate to Jim Schaberl, Shenandoah National Park Chief of Natural and Cultural Resources. The public is invited to attend.

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