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.