Alexandria, VA – You might not know it, but in our city, there is a group of people dedicated to promoting the health of the trees around us. They are part of a statewide non-profit called TreeStewards. The Alexandria/Arlington chapter started in 2001.
On September 24, training begins for those interested in becoming TreeStewards. Right now, out of 15 applicants, just two live in Alexandria. Though there is a $120 tuition fee, no one is turned away because of inability to pay. Ten more spaces are available.
“Leaning and volunteering with other TreeStewards is incredibly rewarding,” said Nora Palmatier, who will lead the training and has been a chapter volunteer since its inception. “It’s fun to be with others who care about Alexandria and Arlington’s trees.”
These committed volunteers not only plant, prune, and mulch. They can be found at booths during farmers’ markets and festivals, and they take time to speak at community gatherings. Their passion makes them perfect advocates. And when there is a problem with a tree, volunteers work as a team with city and county arborists.
If you want to be a part of something that makes a difference, especially for the environment, consider becoming a TreeSteward.