Richmond Tree Stewards

Tree Stewards are trained community volunteers committed to promoting healthy urban and rural forests in Virginia.  Tree Stewards provide training classes, educational programs, and projects in their communities intended to increase public awareness of the value of trees while teaching about trees and tree care.  With classroom training and hands-on practice, Tree Stewards are equipped to identify trees, counsel on tree selection, demonstrate proper tree planting and follow-up care, and guide removal of invasive plants that threaten trees.

Each person taking the Tree Steward training makes a commitment to return a specific number of volunteer hours contributing to local Tree Steward projects. Each community determines the number of hours, sets the standards for volunteer work, and decides the Tree Steward projects its volunteers will undertake. Tree Steward volunteers are a positive force for change in their communities.  All Tree Steward projects are tailored to meet the needs of their communities.  There are nine Tree Steward groups in Virginia. 

For additional information on Tree Steward programs or on starting a program in your community, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Louise serves in the Tree Steward seat for Trees Virginia.

Tree Stewards Training

Trees Virginia has published A Training Manual for Virginia Tree Stewards. It was revised in 2009 and is available on CD-ROM.  All trainees in Tree Steward classes sponsored by Tree Steward communities listed below receive the CD manual without cost.  Other communities that wish to sponsor a Tree Steward training class will also receive the CD manual upon request. The Training Manual for Virginia Tree Stewards, CD version, is available for $10. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  at 434-220-9024 to order.

Individual Tree Steward Chapters have annual training programs for Tree Stewards. Click here for the Arlington, Charlottesville, Fairfax, Richmond, and Roanoke training classes. Contact other chapters for their training programs.

Tree CensusTrees Virginia Support to Tree Stewards

Mini Grants allow Tree Steward groups to apply for as much as $500 to assist their community work. Some projects receiving grants in the past included educational materials, tools and equipment, training support, and trees for planting.  The deadline for application is usually in October.  By June the following year, project expenses will be reimbursed as requested and a final report, including volunteer hours, will be submitted to Trees Virginia.  For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Louise holds the Tree Steward seat on Trees Virginia and facilitates the subcommittee awarding the Mini Grants.  Check out each of the five documents below for an example of the complete 2013 Mini Grant Program package. Application deadline has passed for 2013. 

2013 Mini Grant Intro Letter

2013 Mini Grant Fact Sheet

2013 Mini Grant Application

2013 Mini Grant Budget Worksheet

2013 Mini Grant Reporting Requirements

Tree Steward Groups in Virginia

Arlington/Alexandria Tree Stewards

Contact: Nora Palmatier - 
703-527-2349
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www.treestewards.org

Arlington/Alexandria Tree Steward Christina Campanella and her classmates at Arlington Independent Media created this effective public service video about the environmental damage caused by invasive English ivy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QaAFBsuxJs&feature=youtu.be


 

Tree StewardsCharlottesville Area Tree Stewards

Contact: Jacki Vawter
 - 434-974-7683 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.charlottesvilleareatreestewards.org

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Fairfax Tree Stewards

Contact: Jim McGlone - 
703-324-1489
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 Front Royal/Warren County Tree Stewards


Contact: Sandy Wilson - 540-636-3067
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www.
treesfrontroyal.org


Greater Lynchburg Tree Stewards


Contact: Margi Vaughn, President - 434-509-3376 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2014 Arbor Day Event in Lynchburg!  The Greater Lynchburg Tree Stewards had never worked with this age group of children before.  The Principal of Hutcherson Early Learning Center, Ms. Polly Smith, was so enthusiastic and was encouraged to make the day meaningful for the children. She even climbed right up on Mount Mulchmore with the children.  It was a fun Arbor Day.

http://www.newsadvance.com/lifestyles/for-the-love-of-nature-arbor-day-reminds-us-to/article_02640112-d571-11e3-8312-001a4bcf6878.html 

                          


Harrisonburg Tree Stewards                                                                                                                                                                  

Contact:  Jeremy Harold - 540.476.2055 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 Loudoun County Master Gardeners Tree Stewards*

Contact: Carol Ivory - 703-869-1538 or 703-476-8730 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
*Must be Master Gardener in good standing


 Peninsula Master Gardeners Tree Stewards*

Contact: Carol King - 775-890-4940 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
*Must be Master Gardener in good standing


 Richmond Tree Stewards


Contact: Louise Seals, President - 804.389.8798
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www.richmondtreestewards.org


The Richmond Tree Stewards have been featured on a PBS-sponsored television program, Virginia Home Grown.  City Arborist and Trees Virginia member Luke McCall and Tree Steward Louise Seals explain the work that Richmond Tree Stewards do to prune and care for public trees in this 8-minute segment. Watch the video here.


 Roanoke Tree Stewards


Contact: Helen Smythers - 
540-853-5225
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www.roanokeva.gov/treestewards


 Virginia Beach Master Gardeners Tree Stewards*

Contact: Sherry Kern - 
757-427-2388
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*Must be Master Gardener in good standing

Did You Know:

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

  • Every state has an official State Tree. Virginia’s State Tree is the flowering dogwood.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Most trees do not have a tap root.

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

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

Upcoming Events

Hampton Roads Urban Forest Roundtable
07-29-2014 9:00 am
Category:  Roundtables | Free
19th Annual Waynesboro Tree Health Care Workshop
09-12-2014 8:00 am
Category:  Workshops | Paid

Our Partners

American Grove     Virginia Department of Forestry     Mid-Atlantic Chapter International Society of Arboriculture

Contact Trees Virginia

(434) 295 6401

900 Natural Resources Drive, Ste 800
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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