2022 Summary of Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards Activities and Accomplishments
2022 Leadership:

Robin Hanes – President

Barbara White – Past President

JoAnn Dalley – President Elect

Michelle Cormier – Treasurer

Alison Brill – Secretary

Penny Kaiserlian -Communications Chair

Kathy Nepote – Projects Chair

Mary Spear – Educations Co-Chair

Tim Maywalt – Educations Co-Chair

Membership and Outreach:

♦ CATS had a total of 7,928 volunteer activity hours in 2022 (increased by 597 hours in 2021).

♦ 8 individuals were approved as an Associate member and added to the 179 current list of members.

♦ New technology was added this year; Eventbrite to make registrations easier and MailChimp for advertising our classes, walks and events.

♦ The Mailchimp email list for public notices about CATS tree walks, classes and events grew to 1,308 individuals. Our Facebook page reached people with 901 followers. 

Classes for the public and members continuing Education:

♦ We held 20 in-person tree walks in various local locations with 250 people attending.

♦ 11 Tree Basics classes (Social Life of Trees, American Chestnut Restoration, Seasonal Tree ID, Invasives Identification and Control, Pruning and Planting Trees) where offered to the public on zoom. 450 attended, including many from out of town. 

Many thanks to Tim Maywalt, Emily Ferguson, Tom Wild, Kathy Nepote and Rachel Keen for their entertaining and  informative presentations.

          Click here for previous presentation slideshows.

♦ An OLLI course series of 6 classes was offered by 6 members for adult learning at UVA for a second year.

♦ We hosted 9 excellent speakers on tree related topics as part of our continuing education for members.

New Tree Steward Class:  All 30 members graduated, with 10 having completed 25 volunteer hours by graduation day.

Charlottesville Area Tree Steward Class of 2022

CATS Tree Nursery: We had 4 potting parties for the tree sales, involving 10 and 12 volunteers, as well as other regulars who help maintain the nursery all year.

Tree Sales: Our spring and fall tree sales were held at the VA Department of Forestry Campus (VDoF) on Natural resources Drive, in Charlottesville.

Spring Sale: On April 9, 2022 volunteers sold 367 trees to 104 buyers in the first hour of the sale and we sold out of trees.

Fall Sale: On October 1, 2022 during the rain brought by the lingering Hurricane Ian, 37 volunteers sold 338 trees to 98 buyers in 1 hour and 45 minutes; again selling out of trees. To date we have sold 4,448 trees to the public that were potted-up and raised in our nurseries.

And, our Projects:

♦ 38 projects were worked on or completed with 400+ volunteers @ 2hrs/project = 800 hours.

Where have we been?
  • Barracks Road
  • Gateway – Route 20 South
  • Jackson Via Elementary School
  • Virginia Department of Forestry
  • 10th and Page Neighborhood
  • CATS Grove – McIntire Park
  • Berkmar Drive
  • Jackson Burley Middle School
  • Northeast Park
  • Habitat Properties
  • Mint Springs Park – Crozet
  • Green Leaf Park
  • John Warner Parkway
  • Pleasant Grove Park
  • Azalea Park

In conclusion, the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards are skilled, enthusiastic and committed volunteers to our local parks and public places and low tree canopy neighborhoods. We happily free mature trees from invasive vines, plant trees where their eventual canopy will be enjoyed and prune young trees. We are thrilled to educate the public about responsible tree care, the value of trees in all environmental settings and personal safety while working outdoors. We enjoy strong and healthy professional relationships with our partner organizations and are committed to doing this work to strengthen green spaces.