Author Archives: TreeStewards

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.

City Nature Challenge Starts Friday

Over four days starting this Friday, which cities worldwide will engage the most people to record the most observations of wildlife and plants, and find the most species? This is the City Nature Challenge, and it’s open to all, including … Continue reading

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2018 Annual Report

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Vine Finding on a Fine Afternoon

Tree Stewards, trainees and other environmentalists headed out along Holmes Run in Alexandria Sunday to find native and invasive vines after learning how to distinguish them from a slide lecture by noted naturalist Rod Simmons. First stop outside Beatley Library … Continue reading

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Learn About Native Vines and Trees

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Top Ten Least Wanted Invasive Plants

In Northern Virginia, there are several plants we and trees would be better off without. Some strangle trees, some add enough weight to topple them, and some grow so vigorously that tree saplings don’t stand a chance in natural areas … Continue reading

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Big Trees Need Your Help

They soak up rain, sway in wind, spread seed to create more trees. But they cannot fight off invasive plants without helping hands from humans, who benefit so much from trees’ shade and shelter. Do this to help trees: Volunteer … Continue reading

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Protecting Sentinel Trees by Removing Ivy

Don’t just stop at trees! Here are 40 reasons to remove ivy from your yard. Thank you, Colin Purrington, for compiling this list. The environmental destruction caused by English ivy (Hedra helix) is a classic example of why native plants, … Continue reading

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Dichotomous Key Update by Emily Ferguson

Click here for the key to winter tree ID with buds and twigs.

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Tree Anatomy for Tree Stewards

Trainees, you’ll want to refer to this valuable Tree Anatomy lecture by Jim McGlone  when thinking about pruning trees, or answering the upcoming Module 2 quiz.

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Books for Tree Lovers

We asked Tree Stewards to share some of their favorite tree books, and here are a few worth putting on your wishlist. Others will be added as more members contribute suggestions. Continue reading

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