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Member Meeting

Monday September 19, 7:00 p.m., Ivy Creek Education Building
Joe Murray, Consulting Arborist and Educator, will make a presentation.

Register for the Fall 2016 CATS Class

June 1, 2016

Registration for the Fall 2016 CATS Class Ends Soon

Do you want to learn more about tree identification and tree care?  Register now for the popular Charlottesville Area Tree Steward training class.

Registration has been extended to August 31, 2016.  Classes will be held on twelve Tuesday mornings from September 6 to November 22 at Ivy Creek Natural Area in Charlottesville.  Tuition is $125.00 and includes all books and materials.   There will be some outdoor sessions and a field trip to Montpelier’s old growth forest.

For further information and to register, go to



Fall Tree Sale

August 26, 2016


Associate Members of CATS

July 19, 2016

These individuals have helped CATS and/or pursued our mission in an exemplary way:

Michael Abbott, Local Manager of Bartlett’s Tree Experts in Charlottesville

Tom Dierauf, Retired Director of Research for the Virginia Department of Forestry

Adam Downing, Extension Agent of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources of Virginia

Rob Farrell, Deputy State Forester for the Virginia Department of Forestry

Peter Hatch, Director of Gardens and Grounds Emeritus for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation; author of “A Rich Spot of Earth and Jefferson’s Garden”

John Jeffers, Division Manager of Big O Tree Service

Paul Josey, PLA, ISA, Principal at Wolf/Josey Landscape Architects

Joan Maloof, Founder and Director of the Old-growth Forest Network; author of Teaching the Trees:  Lessons from the Forest and Among the Ancients:  Adventures in the Eastern Old Growth Forests

Sandy Mudrinich, Montpelier Horticulturist

Joe Murray, Consulting Arborist and Educator

Mike Neal, President and Account Manager of Arboristry Associates

John Skelly, Lecturer and Professor of Forestry and Plant Pathology

Peggy Van Yehres, Landscape Designer

Barbara White, Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator, Virginia Department of Forestry

Becky Woodson, Program Support Tech, Virginia Department of Forestry

Invasive Plants Workshop

July 19, 2016

Tree Steward Tim Maywalt presented a workshop on invasive plants this morning at the Ivy Creek Natural Area for 21 people. The free workshop was part of the Tree Basics for Homeowners program offered by the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards. After an indoor presentation with samples and slides, Tim demonstrated the removal of bittersweet and ailanthus outdoors in the woods.

Albemarle County Tree Now VA Champion

June 23, 2016

The Landmark Pin Oak in front of Albemarle County Offices, McIntire Road is # 4 on the VA Champion list! Dan Fowley met with officials, they measured and VA Tech has entered it on the Big Tree website. There are two larger trees in Arlington, one in Salem, and one smaller Pin Oak in Loudon County. See details here.

Free Workshop on Invasive Plants

June 9, 2016

FREE Workshop on Invasive Plants

Friday, 8 July 2016
10 AM until Noon

At Ivy Creek Natural Area,
Education Building

Learn to identify invasive plants in our gardens and forests, how to get rid of them, and why we have an invasive problem. We will go into the woods briefly so dress appropriately.

Sponsored by the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards for the Tree Basics for Homeowners program.

Email to register.

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New Trees Added to CATS Nursery

May 17, 2016

On Friday, May 13th, fourteen CATS volunteers potted around 400 bare root trees, donated by Conservation Services and the Department of Forestry.  Our nursery is full again. We look forward to seeing the young trees leaf out for the Fall Sale.