Alexandria and Arlington Recognize Park Volunteers

TreeStewards are all about volunteering .

TreeStewards are all about volunteering .

TreeStewards are all about volunteering, and in 2014 we collectively gave over 3100 hours caring for trees and educating the public were reported.  Our efforts are making a difference and are appreciated by those responsible for the parks.

Bonnie Petry shown as usual  seen with a shovel or watering can in her hands.

Bonnie Petry shown as usual seen with a shovel or watering can in her hands.

The City of Alexandria recognized TreeSteward Bonnie Petry with the CIVIC Award last summer for her ongoing work caring for trees at Tarleton Park.  Bonnie has led numerous volunteer work days that have planted more than 115 trees throughout the park and more importantly, she oversees the watering contract that ensures their survival.

Arlington awarded it’s Bill Thomas Park Volunteer Award to TreeSteward Don Walsh and to Master Naturalist Mary McLean for their many hours of service. Since 2010, Don has worked on invasive plant removal throughout the county, assisted with training new TS members, and conducted numerous tree walks for the public. Mary McLean has led volunteer work days in Tuckahoe Park for five years and leads native plant walks as part of each work day.

Master Naturalist Mary McLean and TreeSteward Don Walsh. Usually seen with work gloves and clippers, but here they are at the Awards Ceremony.

Master Naturalist Mary McLean and TreeSteward Don Walsh. Usually seen with work gloves and clippers, but here they are at the Awards Ceremony.

These three are representative of all the volunteer effort we do.  Congratulations to all of us.

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