Branching Out Winter 2018-19

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.

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

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Big Dates: Don’t Miss These

Sunday, Dec. 9, 4-8 p.m.
Annual Meeting

Sunday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m.
Trainees return Quiz 1

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 7-8:30 p.m.
Tree Anatomy for Tree Stewards

Saturday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Introduction to Pruning
Start of Training Module 2

Veteran Tree Stewards:

If you need more CE hours, watch a webinar. Or attend the Winter Solstice Field Trip & Hooley. Tell us what a hooley is.


Geology at Long Branch (CE) (Where lots of trees grow)
Saturday, Dec. 9, 1- 4 p.m.
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.

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.

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!

Reducing Tree and Soil Damage During Construction (CE)
Webinar: Thursday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. on your computer
Free. Register here.
As the pace of urban development increase3s, urban trees come into conflict with bulldozers and backhoes. With careful early planning and an understanding of how tree damage occurs, strategies for tree preservation – and most importantly – soil preservation, can allow for trees to coexist within the built urban environment, as Nina Bassuk of Cornell University will explain. Webinar will be archived one week from broadcast at Tree Fund webinars.

Winter Solstice Field Trip & Hooley (CE)
Sunday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Chapman State Park, Charles County, MD
Free. No registration.

Sponsors: Maryland Native Plant Society, Virginia Native Plant Society Potowmack Chapter, Botanical Society of Washington, Mattawoman Watershed Society
Leaders: Rod Simmons, Bonnie Bick, Mary Farrah, and Robin Firth

Celebrate the start of the winter season at Chapman State Park with its spectacular scenery and remarkable diversity of native plants, wildlife, and natural communities. Visit the old-age forest section from the low river terrace and extensive water-willow shrublands along the Potomac River to the marl cliffs and ravines near Glymont. This section of the park is a regionally unique meeting ground for plants with a primary range in the inner Piedmont and mountains and those of the Coastal Plain.

Wear sturdy shoes and bring lunch or snacks and water.  Most of the walk traverses rolling, fairly open forest along trails, though some steep grades will occasionally be encountered.

Cancellation: In the event of heavy-steady snow, sleet, pouring rain, or icy, dangerous conditions of roads, the field trip will be cancelled.

Directions: Take Indian Head Highway (Rt. 210) south from Capital Beltway (495).  Proceed south on Rt. 210 for app. 15 miles.  Continue on Rt. 210 past the Rt. 227 intersection at Bryans Road (McDonald’s, Burger King, and shopping center on right and large CVS and builders supply will be on left) and start looking for Chapman Landing Road on right.  Take half right on Chapman Landing Road and proceed a couple of miles to entrance to Mount Aventine (Chapman State Park) on right.  Park and meet in small parking lot at entrance gate (additional parking is available along the shoulder of Chapman Landing Road, though please be extra mindful of the neighboring residents and careful not to damage the road edges when parking).

Special Event!
Tree Anatomy for Tree Stewards (CE)
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 7-8:30 p.m.
Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, Room 100
Guest speaker: Jim McGlone, Urban Forest Conservationist, VDOF

Have you forgotten botany? Attend this refresher by a true expert who has the latest information about how trees grow and what that means for their proper care. You’ll learn about meristem tissue, the growth hormone auxin, and up from down with xylem (goes to the sky) and phloem (flows down).
Trainees and veterans should review Units 1, 2 and 3 of the Tree Stewards Manual prior to this lecture.

Training Resumes
Introduction to Pruning
Saturday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
National Park Service Nursery, Daingerfield Island, S. Marina Dr., Alexandria

Module 2 of Tree Steward training begins with when, how and why to prune trees. Learn tool safety, the three-cut method, and tree anatomy’s role in pruning. Module 1 trainees will be joined by several new students.

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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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