Educational Resources

Learn about the urban forest and its benefits. Learn how to plant, mulch, prune and maintain your trees, how to manage your community’s urban forest and more.

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Community Outreach

We reach out to the community by organizing events and supporting a variety of initiatives. These include Urban Forestry Roundtables, Urban Tree Health Care Workshops, supporting local Tree Steward groups, awarding student academic scholarships and scholarships for the SMA Municipal Forestry Institute; Arbor Day Tree Planting Initiative; supporting the Virginia Big Tree Program and the Virginia Urban Wood Group and more.


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We need your help! Volunteer! Become a Tree Steward! Attend a workshop or roundtable! Support our academic scholarships! Spread the word about Urban Forestry!

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Helping the Community and Preserving Virginia's Trees Since 1990

The mission of the Virginia Urban Forest Council (Trees Virginia) is to enhance the quality of life through stewardship of our Commonwealth’s urban and community trees.

Our philosophy is providing a healthy place for forests in our urban communities; this requires that we work together to protect and enhance the natural environment. All who live and work in the communities around Virginia affect the condition of the forested areas.


Register here to become a Charlottesville Area Tree Steward!  The program combines online and live classes and will include active field sessions involving walking on and off trail in forest settings, planting trees and removing invasive plants in local parks and woodlands.  Classes begin August 9th and end November 19th.

It is with great sadness that the Trees Virginia Board of Directors report the passing of Board Member Gordon Tyler Wright.  Tyler was the Arborist for the Town of Leesburg and died on Saturday June 4.  The entire Board expresses sympathy to the family Tyler. Tyler leaves behind a wife and young child.

Tyler served on the Trees Virginia Board in the Municipal Forester Seat and played an important role on the Board.  He was always engaged, active and interested.  He was an advocate for the expansion of the Trees Virginia Certified Arborist Scholarship Program. 

The Town of Leesburg hopes to hold a tree planting/celebration of life event this fall and will coordinate with the family to find a meaningful spot in Town with one of his favorite trees. 

Urban heat islands are parts of a city that tend to accumulate and retain more heat than surrounding area.  Click here to learn how Urban Trees "Releave" the Heat.   

Check out the redesigned Virginia Tech Urban Forestry website!

There are a lot of things you can do to help conserve and protect our trees. This includes planting new trees, of course, but it also includes much more.  Click here for a number of resources that will go into more detail on tree conservation, its benefits, and what you can do to help save our trees:  

Trees Virginia Announces 2021-2022 Tree Steward Mini Grant Awards

Bellemeade Community Center tree planting aims to bring more coverage to Richmond's southside.  

Check out Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives!  Find out how trees can transform your health.  

Visit the Virginia Urban Wood Group Urban and Small Woodlot Forestry Business Directory here!

The Bonnie Appleton Memorial Fund has reached the initial fundraising goal of $100,000.00.  Thanks to all that contributed.  We continue to need your help to fund this scholarship - please donate!  Read more on the Tree Fund page under the Bonnie Appleton Fund section.

Did You Know:

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

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

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

  • Most trees do not have a tap root.

  • 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 adopted the flowering dogwood Cornaceae Cornus floridaas the State Tree on February 24, 1956.  The dogwood is well distributed throughout the...

  • 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.

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

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

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

Contact Trees Virginia

(434) 295 6401

900 Natural Resources Drive, Ste 800
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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Our Partners

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