Seeds of Hope: American Chestnut Replanting

by Catherine Howell As the late afternoon light began to fade and frigid air penetrated gloved hands, the last of the Arlington replanted American Chestnut trees (Castanea dentata) was patted into place on a slope in Glencarlyn Park on a gray day in mid-December, 2013. There, with some serious luck, it could grow into aContinue reading “Seeds of Hope: American Chestnut Replanting”

ARMN Volunteers Assist in Fort Myer Tree Planting

By Monique Wong When a service project needs volunteers in our neighborhoods, ARMN members are always ready to respond at a moment’s notice. On Friday, November 16, a bunch of ARMN volunteers joined members of Casey Trees and Tree Stewards in a community tree-planting event at Fort Myer in Arlington. More than sixty volunteers, divided intoContinue reading “ARMN Volunteers Assist in Fort Myer Tree Planting”

Calling All Tree-Loving Master Naturalists

By Nora Palmatier YOU have a great opportunity to get native canopy trees planted in your Arlington neighborhood – last year the Tree Canopy Fund got 515 trees planted, including 61 Nyssa sylvatica, 110 Quercus species, and 45 Betula nigras!  All of the information you need to start planning is on the ACE website atContinue reading “Calling All Tree-Loving Master Naturalists”

Save My Neighbor’s Virginia Pine

By Leigh Pickering I’d like to share a story to remind Master Naturalists how important it is to advocate for trees in our neighborhoods. Recently, a builder began to construct a new home on a lot across the street from the Walter Reed Firehouse.  On the corner is a huge (for the species) mature Virginia Pine. IContinue reading “Save My Neighbor’s Virginia Pine”

Tree Lovers’ Dream Project: Arlington County Street Tree Inventory

By Kathy Philpott Costa On March 13, a group of volunteers made up of Arlington Master Naturalists, Tree Stewards and Americorps members met with Arlington County Forester Vincent Verweij for basic training on how to conduct a street tree inventory. These volunteers will soon contribute to an ambitious project to update information on more thanContinue reading “Tree Lovers’ Dream Project: Arlington County Street Tree Inventory”

Choking Hazard – English Ivy Threatens Virginia’s Trees

By Caroline Haynes To the passing eye, English ivy seems like a lovely little green plant. But, it is actually a serious threat to the beautiful trees that give yards and neighborhoods shade and character. Ivy strangles trees. It can accelerate tree rot by holding moisture close to the tree bark, while also stealing theContinue reading “Choking Hazard – English Ivy Threatens Virginia’s Trees”