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 Saturday, July 13, Kathy Nepote and Allen Ingling led our newest tree walk. In a corner of Darden Towe Park and around the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center, is a treasure trove of trees. Highlights include a wide range of native riparian trees, conifers, numerous ash trees exhibiting the progressive devastation of the emerald ash borer, a tulip tree grown from a seed of one of Thomas Jefferson’s, and 200-plus-year-old osage orange trees. The walk is an easy circuit on dirt trails down to and immediately around the Center. We will be repeating this walk later in the year and will post the dates on our calendar as they are scheduled. Come see what it’s all about!