Tree Walk Leader Workshop: For CATS Members Only

Interested in being a Tree Walk Leader, but not sure of the best way to start?   Or maybe you are already a walk leader and would like to brush up on your skills and learn something new.   This workshop is for you! 

Consider joining a group of experienced CATS Tree Walk leaders at Ivy Creek on Saturday, March 18th, 2023 from 1 to 4 in the afternoon.  We’ll be covering the basics for planning, developing and leading tree walks in a relaxed interactive session, with lots of discussion and field activity.

Tree Walks are a crucial part of our mission to educate the public and inspire them to engage with the natural world. Tree Walks are consistently fully booked.  We’d love to offer more walks.  Any CATS member who is at all inclined in this direction is encouraged to attend to learn more.  If you have a fellow member you are close with, consider leading a walk as a team.  You’ll find that the back and forth discussion you naturally have with your friends about trees and the natural world can form the basis for discussion with your participants.

We have a lot of support materials to guide you through the process.  Tree Walk leaders often tell us that this activity – leading a walk – is by far and away the most satisfying part of their stewardship practice, and often surprises with new knowledge.

Register here.  View the full agenda here.  Hope to see you there!


Tree Commission Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer Opportunity: Charlottesville Tree Commission Has Several Openings – Applications Due March 10, 2023 by 5pm

Would you like to help the City of Charlottesville reverse the steep decline in its tree canopy, raise its tree equity score, or strengthen legal protections for trees during development?  Please consider joining the Cville Tree Commission!  You can make a difference!  More information and registration form here

State of the Urban Forest – FY2022: Report of the Charlottesville Tree Commission

The Tree Commission works with the Parks & Recreation Department to protect and improve the urban forest so that the City can reach its goals for public health, energy conservation, climate sustainability, stormwater management, water and air quality, and environmental justice and equity.

View the complete report here


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