Virginia Trees

 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 Employee 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. 

Trees Virginia thanks Anne Little of Tree Fredericksburg and Eric Schlosser of James River Nurseries for their years of service on the Board of Trees Virginia!  We also thank Meg Turner and Toni Woods for agreeing to serve in Ex-Officio seats.  

The current Trees Virginia Board members are as follows:  

Executive Board

  • Ashley Appling, President - Virginia Cooperative Extension Culpeper (VCE) Seat
  • VACANT, Vice-President  - 
  • Amy Murray, Treasurer - Private Arborist Seat - Davey Resource Group
  • Kevin Sigmon, Secretary - Utility Forester Seat - Appalachian Power

Permanent Seats

  • Lara Johnson, Virginia Department of Forestry, Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager
  • Molly O'Liddy, Virginia Department of Forestry, Urban and Community Forestry Partnership Coordinator
  • Dr. Eric Wiseman, Virginia Tech - Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation


  • Adam Downing, Virginia Cooperative Extension-Madison County
  • Jay Banks, Past Municipal Arborist Seat
  • Cindy Musick, Past 
  • Toni Woods, Past MAC-ISA Seat

Current Board of Directors

  • Ashley Appling - President, Virginia Cooperative Extension Seat (VCE)
  • Anna Aquino, Horticulturist list At Large Seat (or Garden Club Seat)
  • Paul Josey, Landscape Architecture Seat, Wolf Josey Landscape Architects
  • Ann Jurcyzk - Non-Profit Seat, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Joel Koci - Urban Forestry Related Higher Education Seat, Virginia State University
  • Joe Lehnen - Urban Wood Group Seat, Virginia Dept. of Forestry
  • Adam Lipera - At Large Seat, Fairfax County 
  • Cindy Musick - Utility Forester Seat, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
  • Amy Murray - Private Arborist Seat, Davey Resource Group
  • Martha Orton - Tree Steward Seat, Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards
  • Leighton Powell - At Large Seat, Scenic Virginia
  • VACANT - VNLA Seat
  • Steven Traylor -  MAC-ISA Seat, City of Norfolk
  • VACANT - Horticulturalist Seat
  • Celia Raney - Municipal Employee Seat, City of Lexington
  • Lemual Hancock - Planner Seat, County of Shenandoah
  • Meg Turner - Garden Club Seat, M. Turner Landscapes
  • VACANT - Builder Seat
  • Corey Connors - Virginia Forestry Association (VFA) Seat
  • VACANT - Real Estate Agent
  • VACANT - At Large Seat
  • VACANT - At Large Seat
  • VACANT - Landscape Architect Seat

Did You Know:

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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...

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

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

  • Most trees do not have a tap root.

Contact Trees Virginia

(434) 295 6401

900 Natural Resources Drive, Ste 800
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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