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Planting at Greenleaf Park.
On a foggy Saturday morning 9 CATS and 15 UVA student volunteers met at Greenleaf park to continue our work on forest restoration.  After planting 15 trees in 2005 and in the subsequent years removing invasive vines, in 2017 CATS began to restore the forest floor by planting ferns. As of this Saturday, 6 different varieties of ferns have been planted. Pathways were defined and trees were mulched to compete with the persistent invasive plants and return the forest to health. This is an ongoing project in cooperation with the City’s Parks and Recreation department. This 14 acre park is the most popular park in the City, we are happy to make it more enjoyable for its many visitors.

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McIntire Grove Workday March 30, 2019.
Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards had a productive and fun spring day! Participants included 19 UVA students in 2 service organizations (Alpha Phi Omega and Madison House), 12 CATS members, plus 2 Botanical Garden Board members. Planting, trimming and mattock lessons were given all around and then we planted 23 small trees, dug out and mulched a new trail and attacked the large invasive vines nearby.  What a hearty crew welcoming the beginning of spring!  Thanks all!

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Spring Tree ID.

On Saturday, March 30, Tree Steward Emily Ferguson presented a class on tree identification at the Ivy Creek Natural Area to an appreciative audience.  After an hour of class time, Emily led the group on a walk to practice identifying trees as the leaf buds are breaking. In early Spring, just before leaves start to come out, trees can still be readily identified using bark, twigs, buds, nuts, seeds, color and other features to decide what tree you are looking at. This class was the second in a series of four tree identification classes that Emily is presenting this year.  She will give one class in each season, since the features that make tree identification possible change over the seasons. Check our Take A Class or Tree Walk page for upcoming classes and tree walks led by Tree Stewards and learn more about how trees enrich our lives.



Students Plant Trees on Riparian Buffer.

Early morning on March 25 a large group of students and adults planted 200 tree seedlings along Parrot Branch Creek adjacent to Crozet Elementary School.  Rivanna Conservation Alliance (RCA), who funded this riparian buffer project, had requested CATS assistance. Allen Ingling, Kendra Hall and her husband Jim, Will Hueston, Kathy Nepote and Tim Maywalt helped oversee the “planters” which included 70 fifth graders, 40 seniors from Western Albemarle High School and several parents and teachers.  The planting which was anticipated to take all day was over within 2 hrs. Since RCA has limited staff and members for field activities, they hope that this will be the beginning of many future collaborations.

See also:

NBC29 – Crozet Elementary cleaned up watershed to protect Parrot Branch Creek

CBS19 – Students plant 200 trees to protect Parrot Branch Creek