A Fast and Furious Start to Fall

Meadow Creek Crew Sept 21The Tree Stewards hit the ground running this fall. The activities began Friday, September 20, when Phil Stokes led 13 Tree Stewards and Tree Steward Trainees as they mulched, pruned, and removed invasive plants in a natural area across from the north wing of the Barracks Road Shopping Center. It was a record number of volunteers for a work day on this site at a trailhead for the Rivanna Trail. The following day, at Charlottesville’s Meadowcreek Park (behind Bodo’s Bagels on Emmet Street), a group of CATS gathered to clear English ivy from tree trunks along the disc golf course. Visitors will now enjoy healthier trees as they pursue healthy activities in the park. Then on Wednesday, September 25, CATS teams coordinated community volunteers at three locations during the Thomas Jefferson Area United Way’s annual Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring. On U.Va.’s North Grounds, a work crew led by Kendra Hall and Camille Wilson cleared English ivy and other vines from trees along Massie Road. At the Ivy Creek Natural Area, Phil Stokes again took the lead as a work crew cleaned up invasives in the bird-watching area. And across town along the northernmost stretch of the Rivanna River Trail, a small army of volunteers led by Chris Gensic removed vines and cut down huge swaths of bamboo, opening vistas to the river and freeing up trees from an aggressive nonnative competitor. The workers were rewarded with a sumptuous lunch served by VFW Post 1827.

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