On July 24, young volunteers from Triple C Camp completed their third and final service project with the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards this summer. At the Ivy Creek Natural Area, they weeded and mulched a garden of small trees in the Bird Watching Area and in an adjacent cluster of trees and bushes previously planted by CATS. The team of Tree Stewards included project organizer Phil Stokes, as well as Jacki Vawter, Toine Wcykoff, Kendra Hall, Scott Morton, JoAnn Dalley, Elise Burroughs, Allen Ingling, and Kathy Nepote. Many thanks to the campers and the counselors for all your hard work!
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 a hot day in early July, the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards and their teenage helpers were rolling stones at Greenleaf Park. Not Jagger or Richards but volunteers from Teens Give rolled the concrete pedestals into place to provide seating around a new fern garden. Each pedestal weighs more than 200 pounds. Another group of teen campers from the Quaker Meeting House finished mulching the last 25 feet of a trail around the garden, making the loop complete. The next step will be to paint the pedestals and use them to identify the ferns.