Tree Stewards Win Alexandria Beautification Award

Alexandria City Council member Paul Smedberg, Northridge Civic Association President Jeanne Snapp, Mayor Allison Silberberg, Tree Stewards Jane Seward and Lynn Gas and Council member Del Pepper at the Alexandria Beautification Awards.

Alexandria City Council member Paul Smedberg, Northridge Civic Association President Jeanne Snapp, Mayor Allison Silberberg, Tree Stewards Jane Seward and Lynn Gas and Council member Del Pepper at the Alexandria Beautification Awards. Alexandria Beautification Commission photo.

Tree Stewards Jane Seward, Lynn Gas, Meghan Rainey and their neighbors in urban forestry deserve rousing accolades for greatly improving their Northridge-Beverly Hills districts by conceiving and leading a project to have 139 trees planted in yards in their neighborhood. The massive project was a hit with homeowners and a “tremendous”success that earned them a 2018 Green Practices in Beautification Award from the City of Alexandria in ceremonies on Oct. 16.

The three homeowners enrolled in training by Tree Stewards of Arlington and Alexandria to understand and forge a course of action to address tree canopy decline in the rolling hills of their neighborhoods.

Going door-to-door with sleek brochures showing a plan to add mainly Oaks and Black gum trees to the landscape, these Tree Stewards of Arlington and Alexandria turned dismaying talk about tree loss into action with a positive outcome. They are true champions of trees on a scale rarely seen in already-beautiful neighborhoods.

Through bulk buying and planting agreements, they negotiated favorable terms for the new tree installations. Working through their civic associations, they advised owners of new trees about tree-watering requirements (25 gallons a week for their large-caliper trees unless it rains 1.5” inches in the previous or near-forecast week.) Note to tree owners: Buy a rain gauge.

Jane, Lynn, Meghan and their neighbors are exemplars of action trumping griping. Their drive to change the scene for the better should be a model for every Tree Steward, and every one of us in Northern Virginia. Here is a brilliant, award-winning way to improve the environment that is economical and brings communities together.

“Jane and I are so hoping other neighborhoods will take it on. We can be so helpful and save others so much time as we can help them avoid some of the mistakes we made,” Lynn said after the awards ceremony in the Lyceum.

We turned out for their amazing tree delivery, also celebrated by Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg. Tree Stewards again salute our tree heroines for all they do to promote, plant, and protect the trees that we and our neighbors cherish.

Well done, Tree Stewards and residents of Northridge and Beverly Hills! We are incomparably proud of your work and our mutual association!

Here’s  a glimpse of tree-delivery day.

Large container-grown trees arrived by flatbed in Alexandria's Northridge neighborhood on Sept. 22, 2017 for planting in residential lots.

Large container-grown trees arrived by flatbed in Alexandria’s Northridge neighborhood on Sept. 22, 2017 for planting in residential lots. Photos by Jo Allen

Tree Stewards involved in helping guide Jane Seward and Lynn Gas, center, in adding new trees to the yards of their Northridge and Beverly Hills neighbors turned out with residents and others to watch as 139 trees were unloaded.

Tree Stewards involved in helping guide Jane Seward and Lynn Gas, center, in adding new trees to the yards of their neighbors turned out with others to watch as the 139 trees were unloaded.

Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg listens as Tree Steward Lynn Gas, center, with Tree Steward Jane Seward thank their civic association leaders and many others for supporting their effort to add canopy trees to their Northridge neighb orhood and neighboring Beverly Hills.

Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg listens as Tree Steward Lynn Gas, center, with Tree Steward Jane Seward, thanks their civic association leaders and many others for supporting their effort to add canopy trees to their Northridge neighborhood and adjacent Beverly Hills.

 

 

 

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Tree Species for Our Area

Washington Monument with Reflecting Pool and row of American elm trees on the National Mall.

American elms are the dominant tree species on the National Mall. (All photos from Casey Trees)

Leaves and acorns of the Chestnut oak (Quercus montana).

Leaves and acorns of the Chestnut oak (Quercus montana).

Confused about what tree to plant? Here’s help.

These lists have been compiled by ISA certified arborists who work directly with our urban forest every day. They know trees. But more important, they know trees that will be happy in your front yard, under overhead utility wires, next to your sidewalk, and in the darkest corner of your backyard. Take a look, then head to a nursery for the right tree for your place, and start planting.

Fall is the best time to plant most trees: The soil is still warm and welcoming to roots; the air is generally cooler and the sun lower, which help prevent drying Continue reading

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Gently Hug Your Older Trees

This campaign was produced by TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria with a grant from ecoAction Arlington. It is in the public domain and may be used by all tree lovers worldwide. We do not have translated material. Click here to view a slide presentation for the Mature Trees Are Valuable Trees campaign. Please complete all required portions of our contact form if you are requesting a script.

 

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Mature Trees Presentation

Mature Tree Slide Deck in PDF

This short slide presentation and  all elements of the Mature Trees Are Valuable Trees are in the public domain for tree lovers to share with their friends, neighbors, community and church groups, schools, public officials, and clubs. You do not need to ask permission, but we would appreciate learning where and when our material is being used. Please fill out the contact form to let us know. And if you would like a copy of the script to modify and use with the slides, please check that box on the contact form.

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Don’t Cut That Tree!

A Michigan tree supplier is matching mature trees destined for the chipper to clients who want stately specimens. Not our story, but interesting nevertheless.

Re-Tree gives mature trees a second chance

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Warmer, Wetter, Weirder: Weather by 2050

Here’s a colorful, graphic look at weather trends for the next generation. We didn’t write this, but we think it’s worth a look. And in our view, more trees will help moderate this turn for the worse in climate. Fall is the best time to plant trees: Do it now!

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NYC Street Tree Map : NYC Parks

Explore and learn about every street tree in New York City, including stewardship activities. See tree-map.nycgovparks.org/

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Oak Decline in Virginia article.pdf – Google Drive

Oak Decline in Virginia article.pdf – Google Drive
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2018 Training Session 1

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Forestry Webinars to Watch for CE Credit

It may be sunny outside, but the light shines brightly from your home computer if you tune in to hear or participate in urban forestry webinars that are offered free. Most, if not all, are archived about a week after their live date, so you can watch and listen at your leisure and clock those Continuing Education hours on Track It Forward.

Logo of Southern Regional Extension Forestry's Webinar Series: Understanding Urban and Community Forests
The first of a year-long series by Southern Regional Extension Forestry starts at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 14). The topic is Nature and Health in Communities: A Review of Best Available Science. In one webinar, our own Nora Palmatier discussed Tree Stewards: Case Study of Two Virginia Urban Tree Volunteer Programs. For more about the webinar series, which is designed for extension agents and personnel but valuable for Tree Stewards too, click here.

If you ever wondered if size matters when selecting a tree to plant, check out this most recently archived of treefund.org/webinars. Can simple production or propagation decisions impact landscape performance of container-grown trees? What are the returns on your investment in the size of planting stock? Will the “little dogs” catch the “big ones” in the end? In this webinar, Dr. Michael Arnold of Texas A&M University will consider the big impacts of small planting stock selection decisions. Some of the findings might surprise you.

Tree Stewards are not confused about the term “urban forestry,” but just to clear up any misunderstandings, let popular Tree Stewards lecturer Dr. Jim McGlone explain in a webinar produced for Virginia Master Naturalists and available to all at noon Thursday, March 22. Details.

 

 

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