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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 Academic Student Scholarships, supporting the Virginia Big Tree Program and more.

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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.


LATEST NEWS

Register now for the Forestry and Wlldlife Field Tour in Fredericksburg/Stafford County! Ramble through the urban forests of greater Fredericksburg as we follow the life cycle of an urban tree from cradle to grave. The city’s urban forest canopy and zero wood waste goals take work and partnerships both to plant new trees and to use old trees. These bookends function to provide valuable human and wildlife habitat features right where lots of people live, work, and play.   

Logging and lumber manufacturing from the urban forests is both different and the same as rural forestlands. Watch the reveal of beauty unique to high-character urban trees and the creation of value-added products from what might have previously been firewood, at best. One of the stops on this tour is at Norfleet Quality which has been turning tree and wood “waste” into treasure for 50 years. This behind the scenes mulch making tour will invite you into a process that completes an urban tree’s lifecycle as it is transformed into a product that benefits living trees, creates beauty and enables Fredericksburg to brag about their ZERO wood waste
accomplishment!

If you're worried about oak trees in your area, here's a chance to learn how to promote hardwood tree health.This webinar will provide a general overview of symptoms, range, impact and possible management strategies for oak decline in the U.S. Click here for this free webinar on October 9 at 1 p.m. ET, hosted by Southern Regional Extension Forestry.

Learn how the City of Harrisonburg, VA is using losses from the emerald ash borer to clean Blacks Run!  Also click here to read news article about this project

Learn about the Virginia Big Tree Program Quick Facts

 Learn what the Town of Woodstock and the City of Harrisonburg have planned for their urban trees after removal.  Click here to read Trees with a Future.

The Virginia Urban Wood Project is pleased to assist veteran-owned businesses by offering marketing opportunities for their services and products, enhanced public exposure and outreach engagement.  Click to read Serving 2.0:  Veterans in the Urban Forest

Check out this blog from the Arbor Day Foundation:  Six Ways Urban Trees Make You More Active Outdoors

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:

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Most trees do not have a tap root.

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

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

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

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