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.


Get Involved!

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.


Click here to see details of the 2021 Trees Virginia Academic Scholarship awards.  Trees Virginia has awarded scholarships to deserving students from Dabney Lancaster Community College, University of Lynchburg, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Eastern Mennonite University.  
Communities across the Commonwealth have continued to celebrate their love of trees in Arbor Day celebrations.  Read on to learn how some of Virginia’s “Tree Cities” celebrated Arbor Day in pandemic times.    
Arbor Day 2021:  Learn about the new Landmark Tree in Charlottesville!  The tree has been designated by the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards!
Check out this video celebrating Arbor Day made by Charlottesville Communications Team!  Hear a few of the "Walker Wolverines" from Walker Elementary School describe their favorite trees.  
See the very cool way Staunton Virginia is celebrating Arbor Day - a scavenger hunt!
Also see how the City of Waynesboro Parks and Recreation celebrated Arbor Day on April 19, 2021
Here is the recording of April 16th Virtual NOVA Urban Forestry Roundtable "Brood X of the Periodical Cicada" webinar.
Recordings of the March Roanoke Workshop Webinar Series
Click to read the 6th and 7th edition of the Virginia Urban Wood newsletter.

The 2020 revision (4th edition) of the Virginia Tree Steward Manual is now available online - view and download here!  

Read Tree Steward stories from across the state. 


2020 Waynesboro Tree Webinar presentations are available on the Trees Virginia YouTube channel.  

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:

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

Contact Trees Virginia

(434) 295 6401

900 Natural Resources Drive, Ste 800
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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