Branching Out, Fall 2018.8

Following are events of interest to Tree Stewards and other tree lovers. Outdoor events are weather permitting.

(CE) Attendance at these events may be counted as Continuing Education.

(VOL) Working at these events may be counted as Volunteer Hours.

ANS is Audubon Naturalist Society. Here’s the website.

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Tree Steward trainees and others will add 600 saplings to Benjamin Banneker Park, 6620 18th St., Arlington, during plantings on Saturday, Nov. 10 and Wednesday, Nov. 14. Experienced tree planters are welcome to join them.

Tree Steward trainees and others will add 600 saplings to Benjamin Banneker Park, 6620 18th St., Arlington, during plantings on Wednesday, Nov. 14 and Friday, Nov. 16. Experienced tree planters are asked to join them.



Arlington Restoration Plantings On Again (VOL)

Arlington Urban Forestry tree restoration plantings have been rescheduled. All begin at 12:15 p.m. with sign-in and orientation. Planting starts at 12:30 p.m. and may continue until 3:30 p.m. We will have tools and snacks for volunteers who participate.
Trainees should participate in at least one planting, more if possible. Experienced Tree Steward volunteers also are needed. Please register by clicking on the dates below.

The Alexandria planting of larger trees in Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Ben Brenman Dr., on Saturday, Nov. 17, has a full complement of volunteers. Trainees who missed the introduction to tree planting in October may want to stop by to take a look since this planting features trees the size homeowners might plant or ask about at a tree information table. Planting starts at 10 a.m.


Fall Leaf Drawing Workshop (CE)

Monday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Leader: Tina Thieme Brown

ANS members $32; nonmembers $44

There is a long tradition of naturalists keeping field notes, often accompanied by drawings. Learn how to add sketches to your field observations at a workshop at Woodend Sanctuary. Tina will lead you on a walk in the woods, where you will carry along your sketchbook and reflect on the changing season. Returning to an indoor classroom, she will guide you through the steps to create a drawing of fall leaves and acorns. The only experience required is a love of nature, and a desire to look closely at the seasonal changes in native trees. A suggested art supply list will be provided with confirmation letter.

Trees Matter Symposium (CE)
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring, MD
Hefty fee and registration required through Montgomery Parks
Experts on urban forestry discuss innovative efforts to plant, protect, and preserve trees in urban and suburban settings.

Hawks at Four Mile Run (CE) (They live in trees!)
Sunday, Nov. 18, 10-11 a.m.
4109 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria 22305
Look for migrating hawks and other wild residents of the natural areas of the park. Binoculars and field guides optional.

Geology at Long Branch (CE) (Where lots of trees grow)
Saturday, Dec. 1, 1- 4 p.m.
Inclement weather date: Sunday, Dec. 9
Leader: Joe Marx
ANS members $26; nonmembers $36
Arlington’s Long Branch Nature Center occupies a picturesque spot overlooking a short, misnamed tributary of Four Mile Run, itself a tributary of the Potomac. Hike a mile or so out–and a mile back–down Long Branch and Four Mile Run, returning by the same route. A variety of rock units are exposed along the trail, including an undersea landslide frozen in time, long-vanished seaside flats, and the bottom layer of the coastal plain. To add botanical icing to our geological cake, we will traverse an old-growth upland forest and a quicker-changing floodplain forest. The paved route is entirely on level to gently inclined park trails.

TreesVirginia Workshop Rescheduled: Register Now (CE)
Thursday, Dec. 6, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Best Western Inn and Conference Center, Waynesboro

Tree Steward fee: $55 Register here

Annual Meeting Sunday, Dec. 9
4-8 p.m. at Eileen Grant’s, 813 Timber Branch Pkwy., Alexandria

Our annual meeting is vital for our organization as the principal gathering for conducting business of Tree Stewards of Arlington and Alexandria. This year, we have two very important agenda items:

First, we will vote on an amendment to our bylaws proposed by the Board of Directors, to allow for up to 10 elected board members. Our bylaws currently limit us to seven, and the board agrees that while this number is fine, it would be better to allow for more participation. Second, we will elect the board members and officers for 2019.

Every Tree Steward should to consider standing for a leadership position on the board. The time commitment is not large, generally four meetings per year plus a little bit of email, but your input as a board member helps  allocate resources, establish partnerships, and guide our actions. No fundraising expected, and no campaigning necessary.

Please email President Kurt Moser directly at by Dec. 1 if you have questions about board participation or if you would like to step up as a candidate.

The meeting details:

WHO: Tree Stewards of all stripes, including trainees
WHAT: TSAA annual business meeting
(active status Tree Stewards are eligible to vote)
and holiday potluck
(bring food or beverages to share)
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 9, 4-8 p.m.
WHERE: Eileen Grant’s, 813 E. Timber Branch Pkwy., Alexandria
HOW: with enthusiasm and gusto, of course!

About TreeStewards

TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, are trained volunteers who work to protect, preserve, and enhance urban tree canopy through public education and volunteer activities such as planting, pruning, and caring for trees.
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