Next Member Meeting, Monday February 15
9:00 a.m. Ivy Creek Education Building. CATS member Nancy Weiss will speak on “Pines of the World and of Virginia."
Note: this is a change from the original February 8 date.
We are so grateful to the Sojourners, United Church of Christ, for their recent donation of $150!
In April last year, tree steward Robin Hanes was invited to speak at their Earth Service. The service then continued outdoors, and Bill Emory took this photo of the congregation gathered beneath their magnificent elm, (now listed on Notabletrees.org.)
Lindsay Caine-Conley, Chair of the Eco-Justice Group, writes: “We at Sojourners have a profound commitment to protecting our environment and are appreciative of the work that you are doing. We wish you well as you continue to make a significant contribution to our local community.”
On Saturday, December 12, many volunteers worked to plant ten swamp white oaks along the Route 20 median, near Monticello Avenue. Click on the caption above to see more photos on Bill Emory’s blog.
Grandview Nursery staff built wonderful second level frames. We adjusted the height a little for tall pots, and spread straw for insulation. Other jobs included re-potting plants that were getting root bound, and potting the freshly dug Chickasaw Plums Phil brought, and the Redbuds JoAnn brought.
Most of the time rain was gentle. The roof over potting tables made a perfect shelter during harder showers.
Tim Richard hosted about twenty tree stewards on a tree walk around historic Birdwood last Sunday. It was a beautiful fall afternoon, and we must have seen at least twenty different trees–many of them extraordinarily large, mature specimens. This photo, taken by Maud Henne, shows the group under a black walnut tree.
2015 is the UN Declared “Year of Soils” to highlight its incredible importance to all life and raise awareness of the worldwide dangers of expanding cities, deforestation, unsustainable land use practices, pollution, overgrazing and climate change. Virginia’s urban forest is a microcosm of these same challenges. The purpose of this conference is to underscore the importance of healthy soil to the urban forest and to explore current research and techniques for preventing and mitigating damage of Virginia’s environment
Register on-line at www.treesvirginia.org/events and pay through PayPal,
$75 Early Registration Due by October 26 , 2015