Monday, August 26, was a long but productive day for the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards. Beginning at 9 a.m., CATS members began cutting large swaths of invasive bamboo along the Rivanna River Trail, opening up vistas to the water adjacent to the Veterans of Foreign Wars post on River Road. Led by Chris Gensic, park and trail planner for the City of Charlottesville, the project continued into the afternoon after a revitalizing lunch provided by the VFW. Volunteers from U.Va.’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy then pitched in to strip leaves from the bamboo poles and haul them away for public use.
On July 24, young volunteers from Triple C Camp completed their third and final service project with the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards this summer. At the Ivy Creek Natural Area, they weeded and mulched a garden of small trees in the Bird Watching Area and in an adjacent cluster of trees and bushes previously planted by CATS. The team of Tree Stewards included project organizer Phil Stokes, as well as Jacki Vawter, Toine Wcykoff, Kendra Hall, Scott Morton, JoAnn Dalley, Elise Burroughs, Allen Ingling, and Kathy Nepote. Many thanks to the campers and the counselors for all your hard work!
On a hot day in early July, the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards and their teenage helpers were rolling stones at Greenleaf Park. Not Jagger or Richards but volunteers from Teens Give rolled the concrete pedestals into place to provide seating around a new fern garden. Each pedestal weighs more than 200 pounds. Another group of teen campers from the Quaker Meeting House finished mulching the last 25 feet of a trail around the garden, making the loop complete. The next step will be to paint the pedestals and use them to identify the ferns.