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February 9 Membership Meeting

Sue Erhardt, is the Director of Education for Casey Trees of Washington, D.C. Casey Trees,, was established in 2002 with its mission to restore, enhance and protect the tree canopy of the Nation’s Capital. They have set a goal of attaining 40% canopy by 2035. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at VDoF.

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.

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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:


“Fall is For Planting” Month

October 5, 2014

Seal_of_Virginia.svgVirginia Governor Terry McAuliffe made the following proclamation on October 1, 2014. The timing could not be better, considering the 2014 tree steward class starts on Tuesday, and we have our tree sale at the Farmers’ Market next Saturday.

“WHEREAS, trees and plants support a healthy environment and are essential to human well-being; and

“WHEREAS, trees help promote clean air, with tree leaves and roots acting as natural water filters that trap pollutants; and

“WHEREAS, storm water is a leading source of pollution for Virginia’s rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay; and

“WHEREAS, planting regionally compatible plants, particularly native plants, also slows the flow of storm water runoff, preventing it from running into nearby rivers and streams; and

“WHEREAS, cooler temperatures, warm soils, increased rains, and fewer insects and pests make fall an ideal time of year for planting trees, shrubs, and hardy perennials; and   Read more…

Fall Tree Sale, Saturday October 11

September 23, 2014

Fall Tree Sale 2014 (1200x900)Fall is the best time of year to plant trees! The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards have spent the last several months potting and nurturing 38 varieties of (mostly native) trees for a variety of growing conditions. They will be available to the general public Saturday, October 11, 7:00 a.m. until we sell out at Charlottesville’s City Market, located downtown at the corner of Water and South Streets.

These small, young trees will transplant easily and successfully. Most are priced between $5.00 and $10.00. Proceeds will support C.A.T.S. education and conservation efforts.

We focused the Fall Sale into just one day this year. So be sure to mark your calendar!

Drive up access available nearby. Tree Guards and 4’ Tree Tubes will also be on sale to protect young trees from deer, rodents and weed-eaters.

Continue reading to see the List of Trees… Read more…

Tree Voucher Giveaway!

September 15, 2014

When: Saturday, September 27, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: Southern States on Harris Street or Profitt Road.

What: Receive a $25 voucher towards the purchase of a tree of any size.

Why: To encourage homeowners to plant trees

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