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July 2019 Newsletter

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  • Any volunteer hours submitted between July 14- July 21 have been lost- please resubmit your hours online!

  • We need to revamp our communication, outreach & social media - please email any photos you have of Tree Steward work to This address will function like a drop box, include the date and the project you are working on so that we can post the photos online.


  • Quarterly Meeting - Tues, Aug 13, 6:30pm at the Byrd Roundhouse

    • Lisa Ferrel will speak about creating an arboretum in Chesterfield County.

    • Kitty Hardt & Janet Woody will introduce us to their new Friends of Laris Park group.

  • Fall E-Cycle Event - Sat, Sept 14 , 10am - 2pm, Arthur Ashe Blvd & Robin Hood Rd

  • Vegetarian Festival - Sat, Sept 14, 12 - 6pm - Byrd Park

    • Food, music, non-profits, local businesses, and family fun! Sign up here to help us talk about trees with the public.


  • ISA Annual Conference - Aug 11- Aug 14 - Knoxville Convention Center, TN

    • Contact Janine for more info or to carpool:

  • Riparian Planting Program - Wednesday, Sept 11, 9am - 2pm at the Virginia Department of Forestry Training Room, Charlottesville

    • Techniques used to plant forest buffers.

    • Why planting in riparian areas takes a unique skill set than other tree plantings.

    • How to select a site and species that will result in a successful riparian planting.

    • Free program! Sign up by AUGUST 28th, reply to Judy at 

  • Waynesboro Tree Symposium - Friday, Sept 13, 9am - 5pm - Best Western Conference Center - $85

    • Branching Out - Why and How Container Nurseries Grow What They Grow

    • Detecting, Responding and Managing Invasive Insects that Affect Trees

    • Strategies for Supporting Urban Tree Canopy Programs

    • Oak Decline: A Fight Against the Inevitable

    • Spotted Lanternfly and What It Means for Foresters and Arborists


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  • Application due August 31st!

  • We are still looking for volunteers to guide these groups through their tree plantings, contact Suzette or Scott for more information: /



  • Watch out for heat advisories, make sure you bring water, and take care of your own needs before pruning!

  • 8/5 - Northside Palmyra & Lamont Pruning

  • Check Sign- up genius for more opportunities.

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  • 20 persimmons that were thought to be dead from last year came back and are leafing out!



  • Watering and planting continue for the summer, work done regularly on Belle Isle, Thursdays 8am - 12pm

  • Contact Catherine Farmer for location 804-363-7659 /

  • James River Invasive Plants Task Force also has other dates and locations that need work.



  • Adopt-A-Tree program is open through July and August. Applications here. Will Shoup asks that we help inform the public of a few details:

    • There is a $50 donation fee that goes to the Department of Urban Forestry for the tree that the city will plant.

    • The donation does not mean that the homeowner bought the tree, it is still on city property and the city will try to acommodate requests for specific species ,but it is not always possible.

    • The homeowner is required to water it for at least 2 years.

    • The city will not plant invasive species, crepe myrtles or fruit trees.

  • Ash-Borer Treatment

    • Permits available to homeowners if they want to pay for the treatment of an Ash tree on city property. All applicants will be approved as long as the company they hire has liability insurance. Application available here.