We reach out to the community by organizing events and supporting a variety of initiatives. Our initiatives include Urban Forestry Roundtables, tree health care workshops, support of local local Tree Stewards groups, awarding Academic Student Scholarships, support of the Big Tree Program and more.

We reach out to the community by organizing events and supporting a variety of initiatives. Our initiatives include Urban Forestry Roundtables, tree health care workshops, support of local local Tree Stewards groups, awarding Academic Student Scholarships, support of the Big Tree Program and more.

Urban Forestry Roundtables

Urban Forestry RoundtablesTrees Virginia organizes one-day, quarterly “roundtables” for professional arborists, planners, engineers, landscape architects, tree stewards and all interested citizens throughout Virginia at various times during the year. These Urban Forestry Roundtables bring together our community to exchange ideas, present news, discuss issues, listen to presentations and further educate our community about trees and the important roll they fulfill in our society.

Workshops & Conferences

Workshops & ConferencesTrees Virginia sponsors and organizes yearly in-depth workshops in Waynesboro and Roanoke. The Waynesboro workshop is usually the 3rd week in September and is in partnership with Waynesboro Parks and Recreation, the Virginia Department of Forestry and MAC-ISA. The Roanoke workshop usually takes place in March in partnership with VA Department of Forestry and MAC-ISA. These workshops have grown in popularity during the last couple of years (with attendance at the Waynesboro workshop reaching more then 200) and Roanoke’s attendance over 100). Trees Virginia also holds other workshops with various partners such as Virginia Tech. Additionally a conference in Northern Virginia is organized every two years.

Tree Stewards

Tree StewardsTree Stewards are trained community volunteers committed to promoting healthy urban and rural forests in Virginia. Tree Stewards provide training classes, educational programs, and projects in their communities intended to increase public awareness of the value of trees while teaching about trees and tree care.

Academic Student Scholarships

ScholarshipsTrees Virginia strives to enhance the ranks of future urban forestry professionals by providing financial assistance to students studying urban forestry and related curricula at Virginia colleges. Funding for these scholarships come from your generous donations and workshop fees.

Remarkable Trees Program

Remarkable TreesVirginia Tech Emeritus Professor and Extension Specialist Jeffrey Kirwan and outdoor author/lecturer Nancy Ross Hugo were the driving force behind the four-year effort to find and document Virginia's largest, oldest, most historic, beautiful and beloved trees. Dr. Kirwan said, "We asked citizens to search their communities and natural areas for trees that are remarkable because of age, size, beauty, uniqueness, connection to the community, or historical and cultural significance. We were searching for trees that have unusual forms or interesting stories associated with them."
 The effort culminated with a keepsake book highlighting Virginia's top 100 trees. The 176-page book, published in 2008, and now in its fourth printing, includes full-color photographs taken by internationally-known photographer Robert Llewellyn from Charlottesville VA.

Big Tree Program

Big TreesThe Virginia Big Tree Program is presently coordinated by Dr. Eric Wiseman in the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation.  Trees Virginia (Virginia Urban Forest Council) and the Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation provide financial support for the big tree register, and Trees Virginia also supports the Big Tree intern. The Virginia Big Tree Program began as a 4-H and FFA project in 1970. Today citizens of all ages participate by nominating and re-measuring trees. For questions, please contact us.

NEW!  See the 2015 Big Tree Report here

Click here for the 2014 Big Tree Report

2019-20 Champion Big Trees Update

Tree City, Tree Line, and Tree Campus USA Programs

Tree City USAThe National Arbor Day Foundation (NADF) has recognized 56 Virginia communities with the Tree City USA Award. The towns, cities and military installations that have achieved Tree City USA certification satisfy guidelines from the Arbor Day Foundation. Each community has met or exceeded the following standards set by NADF:  establish a tree board or commission; write and pass a tree ordinance; document a $2 per capita expenditure on tree related matters; and have an Arbor day celebration each year.

Did You Know:

  • 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...

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

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