On June 23, a small contingent of CATS stalwarts provided care and upkeep for the Cub Scout Grove at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. While maintaining safe social distancing, our volunteers weeded, mulched and placed new and larger wire cages around young trees that had outgrown their original cages, ensuring protection from browsers. The crew included Caroline Lamb, Jacki Vawter, Donna Vinal, Toine Wykoff, Allen Ingling and Kathy Nepote.
The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards continue to pot and repot young trees in our nursery at the Virginia Department of Forestry. Well-watered, thoroughly weeded and sheltered from the summer sun by shade cloth, our inventory of trees and shrubs is thriving. We look forward to making them available to the community at the next CATS Tree Sale. The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards also continue to maintain The Grove, a section of East McIntire Park where we have planted new trees, taken care of old ones, and removed invasive species. If you are in search of a pleasant and healthy place to enjoy the outdoors, come walk the trails our volunteers have created in this public greenspace. It can be reached via a mowed pathway heading north from the skateboard park.
Wearing masks and keeping a safe distance from one another, the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards’ potting crew went back to work on Saturday, May 23. They potted, labeled, and inventoried some 150 young trees, including swamp chestnut oaks (Quercus michauxii), eastern redbuds (Cercis canadensis), river birches (Betula nigra), and bristly locusts (Robinia hispida), among others. With these new additions, the CATS nursery on the grounds at the Virginia Department of Forestry now holds some 800 trees. In addition, the volunteers made sure the trees are protected under shade cloth and that they will receive adequate water, thanks to a new hose system and water gauge. When conditions allow, we look forward to making these trees available to the community at the next CATS tree sale.