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. .  Nora 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 the communities listed below receive the CD without cost.   The CD is available to individuals 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.


NOW AVAILABLE!  2016-2017 Tree Steward Mini Grant Program Application Package

The Tree Steward Mini-Grant program is intended to help Trees Virginia help Virginia's Tree Steward groups fulfill their urban forestry responsibilities to their communities.  Please take a moment to assess your goals for the coming year and submit your application - DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS SEPTEMBER 1. The maximum amount of a Mini Grant is $500.00.  See below information for how Tree Steward groups used funds last year.    

 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.


 Mini Grants were awarded in October 2015 to the following Tree Steward groups:

Tree Stewards of Central Rappahannock Area - funding for Cossey Park Maintenance-University of Mary Washington Tree Survey

Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards - funding for additional trees for Arboretum

Tree Stewards/Arlington & Alexandria:  funding for new posters for Farmer's Market Tree Tables

Front Royal Warren County Tree Stewards:  2016 Arbor Day Celebration

 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


Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards
 (CATS)

NEW!  Tree Steward Training Class Fall 2016:  Twelve three hour classes on tree identification, biology, roots, soil, proper selection, planting, pruning care, diseases, invasives and more.  Hands-on activities includes.  For more info visit www.charlottesvilleareatreestewards.org


Every year CATS dedicates a specimen tree in the Charlottesville area as a Landmark Tree, a tree of long history, popular location and good health.This year the Pin Oak at the Albemarle County Office building was designated as a Landmark Tree.  This tree may need our help in the near future as RWSA considers where to place its pipes.  Contact Robin Hanes, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 434-202-0225 for more information.

The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards recently planted a group of eight beautiful swamp white oaks in the median of Rt. 20 on the approach into Charlottesville at Moore's Creek.  Our members bare rooted the trees, helped load them at the nursery at Bremo Trees, manually dug appropriately large holes, planted, staked and mulched them.

This is an important partnership with the Charlottesville Tree Commission, Virginia Department of Transportation and our dedicated volunteers who paid for seven of the trees, with one also being donated by Bremo Trees.

 

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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


NEW Tree Steward Group! Tree Stewards of the Central Rappahannock Area

Mission:  To increase public awareness of trees, tree care, the intrinsic beauty of trees and the public benefit. 

Contact:  Sharon Kennedy, 540.479.2320 

www.treestewardsofthecra.org  Page Under Construction


 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:

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

  • 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...

  • Most trees do not have a tap root.

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

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