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.

2022 Trainee Graduation and Membership Meeting

On April 2, TSAA celebrated the graduation of our 2022 class of Trainees! These new “Interns” have to report 30 volunteer hours in their first year to become full Tree Stewards and earn our signature green polo shirts and nametags. … Continue reading

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Tree Stewards Prune Trees in Mosaic Park, Arlington

On Monday, February 21, 2022, Tree Stewards of Arlington and Alexandria spent time pruning trees in Arlington’s Mosaic Park. By correcting structural defects in young trees, Tree Stewards expect the trees to grow up strong and healthy to shade Mosaic … Continue reading

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TSAA Training Class Field Hike along Taylor Run

Taylor Run sees daylight at the concrete culvert east of Chinquapin Rec Center along Rte. 7 in Alexandria. Photo by Tree Steward trainee Victor Lopez Tree Steward Bill Gillespie describes how citizens sampled water in Taylor Run to demonstrate that … Continue reading

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Tree Stewards Activities from Fall 2021

Tree Stewards volunteered for numerous planting, pruning, invasive plants removal, and tree distributions/native plant sales this fall. Here are a few photos of TS at work in the community.

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Application Now Open for January 2022 Training Class

**UPDATE: The 2022 training class is now full, so we are no longer taking applications. Thank you for your interest!** Tree Stewards of Arlington & Alexandria will begin a new membership class in late January 2022, and applications are being accepted … Continue reading

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Check for Spotted Lanternfly Spread

This is a great time of year to go out and check your neighborhood for spotted lanternflies. The best place to scout for them is near tree of heaven  where the adults congregate from September to first frost. If you see … Continue reading

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Arlington County Free Trees Spring 2021 – Sign up now open

Arlington County knows the importance of its trees. Through the Tree Canopy Fund, EcoAction Arlington offers twice-yearly grants to plant or maintain trees on private property. View the list of available trees and apply online by Fri., Jan. 8. Applicants will be notified in advance; trees will be planted by a contractor in spring … Continue reading

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Remembering Tom Schelstrate

I am bereft to learn of the passing of Tom Schelstrate, an educator who never stopped learning and who helped everyone in the room, woods or park more deeply understand trees, even when they seemed confusing. As a student who … Continue reading

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Decision Making for Tree Lovers: Assets and Liabilities

By Nora Palmatier Tree Stewards have heard me brag about the huge oaks in my backyard, especially since the Quercus falcata became not only the Arlington County Champion but also a Specimen Tree, entered on the property deed and needing … Continue reading

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Tree Stewards Used Leap Day to Free Trees from Ivy

Red and white oaks, black gum, hickory and tulip trees can grow straighter because 40 volunteers removed invasive English ivy from the base of their trunks on Leap Day. Led by Tree Steward intern Romana Campos, members of Arlington’s Trinity … Continue reading

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