2017 Tree Steward Symposium

Location: Roslyn Center, Richmond, VA  (on the southwest beltway of Richmond, http://www.roslyncenter.org/ This is a church conference center with 2 beds to a room so we each share and good buffet style meals  -- but more important to us, the campus has incredible huge trees so it is beautiful and provides a good tree walk!   We have reserved meeting rooms, lounge, and 20 dormitory style rooms with 2 twin beds each. Hopefully our gender ratios will work out so we don’t need to have single occupancy.

Cost share: Trees Virginia Board is asking Tree Stewards for a 50% share of expenses since there is no outside sponsor this year. Each participant's share will be $70 if staying overnight. Those TS from Richmond who don't stay overnight will pay $30 to cover the food and center costs. 

Participation:  Central Rappahannock, Fairfax, Front Royal, Lynchburg and Virginia Beach are still seeking attendees. Participants are coming from Arlington/Alexandria, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg (new), Roanoke, Loudoun, Richmond, Peninsula and Montgomery (forming).  


Tuesday  June 27

Registration at 11 am, participants check in, network. Lunch starts at 12:30 - 1:30

There will be a flip chart at front with title: Expertise We Can Share.  Please write on flip chart during registration, presentations, at break.  Example:  “Arlington – Nora Palmatier, using free Google forms” 

1:30  Welcome from Trees Virginia, Nora Palmatier, Virginia Tree Stewards Rep on Trees Virginia Board

Lara Johnson, Virginia Department of Forestry Urban and Community Forestry Partnership Coordinator

1:45 - 4:00   Tree Steward groups have 10 minutes each sharing and organizational matters, each of the groups reports out, questions, etc. 

4:00 - 5:15  Social Media Panel of Tree Stewards  – who does what and why, advantages/disadvantages  Sharing session – be prepared to put your web site/Facebook up for all to see.  (Want to volunteer to sit on panel? Contact Nora)

5:15 - 6:00 PM Free Sharing time or walk around the campus

6:00 - 7:00 Dinner and networking - Please site with TS from other groups and exchange information

7:00 - 8:00 Big Trees  Program Virginia, P. Eric Wiseman, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Urban Forestry, Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, VIRGINIA TECH 

8:00 - 10:00 Networking, sodas, wine, etc.  Each TS should bring beverages and snacks to share. Richmond and Arlington/Alexandria will lead us in a rousing TreeJeopardy game

 Wednesday  June 28

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast, informal sharing, (Check out of room by 9 am)

9:00 – 10:00 Eric Wiseman leads Tree Measurement Practice   Gather outside Walker Hall

10:00 - 12:30  Breakout topics based on survey responses -- focus is "how to" and exchanging best practices. Tenatively planned to last 1 hour each, so could attend each of the sessions, hopefully divide up your group?  Some TS worked professionally in these areas and will lead the discussions.  We need a volunteer for each session each time, so 6 facilitators. Could you take charge of one of the sessions?  Contact Nora

  • Techniques for meeting with Decision Makers (legislators, park staff, mayors, HOA managers,) and answer questions about how to advocate at state level:  Becca Summers from Virginia League of Conservation Voters will be present to help guide discussion. 
  • Tree Steward training and revising the Tree Steward Manual:  working group to set up process, manual on Google Docs.  It is already on line and several of us have made comments already.

Back Office among Tree Stewards – how groups do the things necessary that are not related to trees:  membership recording, collecting hours, financial issues  

Lunch 12:30 - 1:30

1:30 – 2:30   Evaluation and Wrap Up








Event date 06-27-2017 11:00 am
Event End Date 06-28-2017 1:00 pm
Registration Start Date 06-08-2017
Capacity Unlimited
Cut off date 07-12-2017
Individual Price 0.00

We are no longer accepting registration for this event


Mid Atlantic Urban Wood Forum (MAUWF):   "Applied Practices in Utilization" - August 15-16, 2017


Registration is $140.00 which includes breakfast and lunch both days; morning and afternoon refreshments and the field trip


Sponsored by US Forest Service, Southern Region, Virginia Department of Forestry

Trees Virginia (Virginia Urban Forest Council) and the Virginia Urban Wood Group

Who Should Attend:  Target Audience for this event include arborists, tree care companies, forestry professionals, wood crafters, municipal staff, academia and portable sawmill owners.


This event has been approved for a total of 10.75 ISA CEUs (attendance for both days); a total of 11 SHARP Logger Continuing Education Credits; and a total of 9.5 SAF credits

Richmond Marriott Short Pump

4240 Dominion Boulevard

Glen Allen VA  23050



  Click to learn more about the Virginia Urban Wood Group


Event date 08-15-2017 8:00 am
Event End Date 08-16-2017 3:30 pm
Registration Start Date 06-28-2017 1:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Cut off date 08-12-2017 12:00 pm
Individual Price $140.00

We are no longer accepting registration for this event


 AGENDA: "Urban Forests for Your Health:  How Trees Can Save Your LIfe"

Do trees make you healthier?  

The idea that human health is related to trees extends back to the story of Genesis

"Trees have proved to aid mental health, decrease obesity and other health risks, and just generally make people happier.  But they are often thought of as a luxury rather than a vital component of healthcare or urban infrastructure."  

 Thanks to our sponsors: 

McLean Trees Foundation, the Virginia Tree Farm FoundationDominion Energy,

MAC-ISA and the Virginia Department of Forestry!

Learn how to be a sponsor of this event!

The purpose of this bi-annual conference is to present research relating to urban forests and human health and how it has been used, how it has been implemented.

  • What results or changes have occurred as an application of the research?
  • What are the connections between human health and the parks and greenspace that are available to them in their neighborhoods, schools and health facilities?
  • How do we prepare the audience to be able to effectively communicate the important connections between urban forest and human health?

The connections between our community greenspace, parks, school yards backyards and our health is very complex but more research has occurred around this topic and there are a lot of opportunities for putting the research into practice locally.

Featured speakers include Dr. Michelle Kondo from the USDA Forest Service and Dr. Kathleen Wolf from the University of Washington. 

Click here to read a new report that argues that the urban canopy should be considered and funded as part of a city's public health infrastructure. 






Event date 11-09-2017 8:00 am
Event End Date 11-09-2017 4:00 pm
Registration Start Date 09-17-2017
Capacity Unlimited
Cut off date 11-07-2017
Individual Price $100.00

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

Registration is now closed for this event



March 7, 2018 - Roanoke Tree Health Care Workshop

 "Making Treemendous Community Impact"


Registration and Networking Breakfast 8:00 to 8:30 

Welcome at 8:30 








Event date 03-07-2018 8:00 am
Event End Date 03-07-2018 4:00 pm
Registration Start Date 01-23-2018
Capacity Unlimited
Cut off date 03-02-2018
Individual Price $75.00

We are no longer accepting registration for this event


NOVA Roundtable -  Monday June 11, 2018

AGENDA:  "Revisiting Air Quality:  The Tree Factor"

Fairfax County Public Safety Headquarters Building, FASST Room #2102

Fairfax VA  22035


No walk-ins will be allowed at this event

All attendees must show photo ID to access the building 


The NOVA Roundtables began in 2005 with the first ever conference titled

"Cleaning the Air with Virginia's Trees"

Thirteen years later, we will be revisiting air quality by looking at Virginia's regulatory framework and discussing recent research on the link between air quality and urban trees. We will also discuss the air quality challenges of urbanized areas and efforts underway, through targeted tree planting, as a localized tool to combat air pollution.  





Event date 06-11-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 06-11-2018 2:30 pm
Registration Start Date 05-09-2018
Capacity Unlimited
Cut off date 06-07-2018
Individual Price $10.00

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

Did You Know:

  • 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.

  • Most trees do not have a tap root.

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

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

  • 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...

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

  • 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.

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

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