On Saturday, July 13, Kathy Nepote and Allen Ingling led our newest tree walk. In a corner of Darden Towe Park and around the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center, is a treasure trove of trees. Highlights include a wide range of native riparian trees, conifers, numerous ash trees exhibiting the progressive devastation of the emerald ash borer, a tulip tree grown from a seed of one of Thomas Jefferson’s, and 200-plus-year-old osage orange trees. The walk is an easy circuit on dirt trails down to and immediately around the Center. We will be repeating this walk later in the year and will post the dates on our calendar as they are scheduled. Come see what it’s all about!
On June 15, the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards offered a reprise of our hour-long tree identification walk at Pen Park. Dana Denbar and Susan Mefford helped participants learn to identify about a dozen native tree species along the park’s fitness trail, among them sugar maple (Acer saccharam), red maple (Acer rubrum), tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) and sycamore (Platanus occidentalis), as well as hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), boxelder (Acer negundo) and sassafras (Sassafras albidum). Registrations are now being accepted for a tree ID walk at Darden Towe Park, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 13.
On May 24, summer came early to Pen Park, where Tree Stewards Dana Denbar and Susan Mefford led a tree identification walk along the Fitness Trail. As temperatures reached toward the 90s, participants learned to identify around a dozen species of native trees, including sugar maple (Acer saccharam), red maple (Acer rubrum), tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), and sycamore (Platanus occidentalis), as well as hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), boxelder (Acer negundo), sassafras (Sassafras albidum), and river birch (Betula nigra). In addition, the walkers learned to appreciate the heat-reducing benefits of trees, not only from the shade of their canopy but also from the evaporative cooling effect of transpiration. Registrations are now being accepted for a repeat of the Pen Park walk, scheduled for 11 a.m. June 15.