Projects Add Trees to County Parks

Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards and members of this year’s CATS training class have added nearly 50 trees to Albemarle County parklands in recent weeks.

On November 5, 30 trainees and 17 CATS mentors planted 22 trees at Darden Towe Park, including black gums (Nyssa sylvatica), white oaks (Quercus alba), tulip trees (Liriodendron tulipifera), Kentucky coffee trees (Gymnocladus dioicus), eastern redbuds (Cercis canadensis) and Osage orange trees (Maclura pomifera).

On November 12, 21 CATS members and trainees, along with three student volunteers from U.Va. and three community volunteers from the Crozet area, planted 19 trees at Mint Springs Valley Park. Among them were bald cypresses (Taxodium distichum), sycamores (Platanus occidentalis) and swamp white oaks (Quercus bicolor), as well as tulip trees and black gums. Earlier, several CATS volunteers planted two Osage oranges and four Kentucky coffee trees at Mint Springs.

The Tree Stewards worked with the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department to select the tree species and planting locations. Many thanks to County parks staff for preparing the planting holes and for providing water and mulch for the projects, which were made possible by a Virginia Trees for Clean Water grant from the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Below, tree planting at Darden Towe Park. Photos by JoAnn Dalley. 



Below, tree planting at Mint Springs Valley Park




Come to Our Fall Tree Sale

 Rain is predicted but the sale will take place!   We have canopies and coverage for customers in line.  Please join us between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, October 1, for the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards’ Fall Tree Sale. The sale will take place on the grounds of the Virginia Department of Forestry’s headquarters in the Fontaine Research Park at 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville.

CATS volunteers maintain a tree nursery where we nurture young trees obtained from the Virginia Department of Forestry and other sources. We concentrate on native trees, some of which are hard to find from plant retailers, and we make them available to the community at prices ranging from $5 to $15.

Come take advantage of this opportunity to add healthy trees to your landscape. We look forward to seeing you there.

CATS Gather Under One of Virginia’s Greatest Trees

At our annual outdoor gathering on June 15, the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards convened under the magnificent White Oak beside Earlysville Road on the grounds of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport. Recognized by CATS as a Landmark Tree, and estimated to be some 300 years old, it is the second-largest White Oak (Quercus alba) in Virginia.

The event included remarks by Ann Mallek, a member of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and a strong voice for protecting the county’s rural areas and forest canopy, and Jake Van Yahres (at right), co-owner of Van Yahres Tree Company. Jake described the special care his company provides for this venerable tree and how it has managed to survive for so long.