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 Nora Palmatier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. serves in the Tree Steward seat for Trees Virginia.


 Tree Steward Training Manual 

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.


 Trees Virginia is pleased to announce the October 2015 - June 2016 Tree Steward Mini Grant Program

Click here for the complete information package!

Tree Steward groups may apply for as much as $500 to assist their community work.

Projects receiving grants in the past included educational materials, tools and equipment,

training support, and trees for planting. 

 For more information, contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , who holds the Tree Steward seat on Trees Virginia Board of Directors and facilitates the subcommittee awarding the Mini Grants. 


 Tree Steward Groups in Virginia

Individual Tree Steward Chapters have annual training programs for Tree Stewards. Visit their websites below for classes and training information.

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


The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards have another excellent Training Class planned for the fall of 2015!  Visit their website for more information. 

Classes will be held from October 6 to December 12 on Tuesday mornings at the Virginia Department of Forestry, Fontaine Research Park, in Charlottesville.  Registration information will be announced on our website and through Albemarle County Community Education’s Open Doors program.   Tuition is $95.00 and includes all books and materials.The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards have another excellent Training Class planned for this fall. For all the necessary information, please see the new brochure for the class on our website:  http://charlottesvilleareatreestewards.org/become-a-tree-steward/

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: Rita Peralta at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jim McGlone - 
703-324-1489
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Front Royal/Warren County Tree Stewards


The Front Warren/Warren County Tree Stewards have another excellent Training Class planned for early fall of 2015!  Visit their website for more information.

Contact: Melody Hotek, President - 540-631-0495
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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. or 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:

  • 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.

  • 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’s State Tree is the flowering dogwood.

  • Most trees do not have a tap root.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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