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Member Meeting

Monday, January 30, at 9:30 AM, at the Department of Forestry
Speaker: Steven B. Carroll, director of public programs at Blandy Experimental Farm. He has taught an OLLI class on "Virginia Trees and How They Work" on the biology and ecology of trees.

Free Class: Invasive Plants

December 22, 2016


Tree Basics for Homeowners FREE class on Invasive Plants will be held Friday, January 27, 2017, 9:30 am to noon, in the Education Building of Ivy Creek Natural Area.   The program will begin indoors and conclude with an outside demonstration.  Learn how to identify and deal with invasive plants on our properties.  Winter is the best time to tackle invasives.  Dress appropriately.  All are welcome. Registration is recommended at

7 Trees Planted at South First Street Recreation Area

November 29, 2016
CATS members and City Tree Commissioners prepared 7 Bremo Nursery Trees: fruitless sweet gum,  red maple, willow oak, Tulip Tree and Kentucky Coffeetree. They were chosen for durability, success of fall planting, and low messiness. 22 CATS volunteers, 2 Tree Commissioners and a large group of resident children supervised by Janet Mitchell worked the dry, hard ground.  They planted, watered, mulched and cleaned up from 10:00-noon. A local gentleman who helped us out because he has family at South First Street summed up the day: “It’s a good feeling.”  
This planting was funded by the Virginia Department of Forestry and the Ballyshannon Fund.  A total of 70 trees were planted at Monticello Gateway and South First Street.  
Dorothy Smith organized the event, which took place on November 19th.
For more photos, click here.

Two Willow Oaks Find a Home at Broadus Wood Elementary School

November 18, 2016

On Friday, November 11, 2016, approximately, sixty enthusiastic Broadus Wood Elementary School fourth graders enjoyed a beautiful morning and participated in pre-tree planting activities. The children learned about deciduous and evergreen trees from Debbie Miller, who brought in fantastic examples of leaves and needles from her own yard. The children, then, made bark rubbings of two contrasting barks. Finally, the children split into groups and collected as many different leaves as they could find. The actual tree planting did not occur until Wednesday, November 16, 2016, since Grelen nursery unexpectedly found a concrete pipe while digging and had to stop the planting, but the children learned another valuable lesson that things do not always go as planned. Fortunately, the two 7-foot willow oaks are now happily situated on the other side of the playground closer to the outdoor stage and will provide some lovely shade in the years to come. The fourth grade class has already set up a watering schedule and have taken their task very seriously. Thank you to Debbie Miller, Thayer Drew, Edith McHenry, Jackie Vawter, Penny Kaiserlian, and Joyce Grunewald for making this a successful event.


Monticello Gateway Project

November 9, 2016

The Monticello Gateway Project was a combined effort of many groups: The Charlottesville Tree Commission, the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards, Bremo Trees, Virginia National Guard soldiers on behalf of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground organization, Monticello and Windridge Landscaping. The project’s funds came from the Virginia Department of Forestry and the Ballyshannon Fund. Thanks to these two supporters, we now have a tree canopy that will enhance the entrance to Charlottesville.

See more photos at Bill Emory’s blog


photo by Shuan Butcher

Sweetbriar College

October 29, 2016

Thirty-three Tree Stewards had an excellent field trip to Sweetbriar College on October 17. Biology Professor Linda Fink showed us the Constitution Oaks Sanctuary, one of many mature forests on campus. She also had a presentation on school history and biology studies during lunch. What a treasure this school campus is for central Virginia!sweetbriar1_0152sweetbriar2_0149

Fall Plant Sale A Success

September 30, 2016


The 2016 Fall Tree Sale was another success for CATS! The intense heat of the day on Saturday, September 24th didn’t keep people from coming to the Vegetarian Festival and buying trees!  Fourteen volunteers sold 283 trees.


Tim Maywalt’s planting demonstration. The IX Complex has a new Chestnut Oak.

United Way Day of Caring

September 24, 2016

Recently, Tree Stewards worked with volunteers from local Charlottesville businesses to remove invasive plants at the Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Organized by the United Way for its annual Day of Caring, 23 volunteers joined a dozen Tree Stewards and Ivy Creek staff working for a half day to protect trees in a meadow along Ivy Creek’s Red Trail.