Tree Steward Symposium

2017 Tree Steward Symposium

Location: Roslyn Center, Richmond, VA  (on the southwest beltway of Richmond, This is a church conference center with 2 beds to a room so we each share and good buffet style meals  -- but more important to us, the campus has incredible huge trees so it is beautiful and provides a good tree walk!   We have reserved meeting rooms, lounge, and 20 dormitory style rooms with 2 twin beds each. Hopefully our gender ratios will work out so we don’t need to have single occupancy.

Cost share: Trees Virginia Board is asking Tree Stewards for a 50% share of expenses since there is no outside sponsor this year. Each participant's share will be $70 if staying overnight. Those TS from Richmond who don't stay overnight will pay $30 to cover the food and center costs. 

Participation:  Central Rappahannock, Fairfax, Front Royal, Lynchburg and Virginia Beach are still seeking attendees. Participants are coming from Arlington/Alexandria, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg (new), Roanoke, Loudoun, Richmond, Peninsula and Montgomery (forming).  


Tuesday  June 27

Registration at 11 am, participants check in, network. Lunch starts at 12:30 - 1:30

There will be a flip chart at front with title: Expertise We Can Share.  Please write on flip chart during registration, presentations, at break.  Example:  “Arlington – Nora Palmatier, using free Google forms” 

1:30  Welcome from Trees Virginia, Nora Palmatier, Virginia Tree Stewards Rep on Trees Virginia Board

Lara Johnson, Virginia Department of Forestry Urban and Community Forestry Partnership Coordinator

1:45 - 4:00   Tree Steward groups have 10 minutes each sharing and organizational matters, each of the groups reports out, questions, etc. 

4:00 - 5:15  Social Media Panel of Tree Stewards  – who does what and why, advantages/disadvantages  Sharing session – be prepared to put your web site/Facebook up for all to see.  (Want to volunteer to sit on panel? Contact Nora)

5:15 - 6:00 PM Free Sharing time or walk around the campus

6:00 - 7:00 Dinner and networking - Please site with TS from other groups and exchange information

7:00 - 8:00 Big Trees  Program Virginia, P. Eric Wiseman, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Urban Forestry, Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, VIRGINIA TECH 

8:00 - 10:00 Networking, sodas, wine, etc.  Each TS should bring beverages and snacks to share. Richmond and Arlington/Alexandria will lead us in a rousing TreeJeopardy game

 Wednesday  June 28

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast, informal sharing, (Check out of room by 9 am)

9:00 – 10:00 Eric Wiseman leads Tree Measurement Practice   Gather outside Walker Hall

10:00 - 12:30  Breakout topics based on survey responses -- focus is "how to" and exchanging best practices. Tenatively planned to last 1 hour each, so could attend each of the sessions, hopefully divide up your group?  Some TS worked professionally in these areas and will lead the discussions.  We need a volunteer for each session each time, so 6 facilitators. Could you take charge of one of the sessions?  Contact Nora

  • Techniques for meeting with Decision Makers (legislators, park staff, mayors, HOA managers,) and answer questions about how to advocate at state level:  Becca Summers from Virginia League of Conservation Voters will be present to help guide discussion. 
  • Tree Steward training and revising the Tree Steward Manual:  working group to set up process, manual on Google Docs.  It is already on line and several of us have made comments already.

Back Office among Tree Stewards – how groups do the things necessary that are not related to trees:  membership recording, collecting hours, financial issues  

Lunch 12:30 - 1:30

1:30 – 2:30   Evaluation and Wrap Up








Event Properties

Event date 06-27-2017 11:00 am
Event End Date 06-28-2017 1:00 pm
Registration Start Date 06-08-2017
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 33
Cut off date 07-12-2017
Individual Price 0.00
Roslyn Conference and Retreat Center
8727 River Road Richmond, VA 23229 United States
Roslyn Conference and Retreat Center
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Did You Know:

  • Trees are some of the oldest living organisms on earth: some bristle-cone pines are thought to be more than 5000 years old.

  • One large tree can provide a supply of oxygen for two people.

  • A mature tree removes almost 70 times more pollution than a newly planted tree.

  • Most tree roots are in the top 12 inches of soil.

  • Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and save 20-50 percent in heating energy.

  • Well-maintained trees and shrubs can increase property value by up to 14%.

  • Trees are the largest living organisms on earth: some coastal redwoods are more than 360 feet tall.

  • In one day, one large tree can lift up to 100 gallons of water out of the ground and discharge it into the air.

  • Every state has an official State Tree. Virginia adopted the flowering dogwood Cornaceae Cornus florida as the State Tree on February 24, 1956.  The dogwood is well distributed throughout the...

  • A birdhouse hung on a young tree branch, does not move up the tree as the tree grows.

  • Most trees do not have a tap root.

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