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.
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…
Robin Hanes’ sister in North Carolina sent a link to this encouraging news story from WataugaDemocrat.com.
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.
34 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…