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    Lynchburg Tree Stewards

    The Lynchburg Tree Stewards is a self governing organization of trained volunteers concerned with promoting and protecting the health and well being of the urban forest of the Lynchburg metropolitan area; and is sponsored by the Virginia Urban Forest Council, the Virginia Cooperative Extension and the City of Lynchburg.

    Tree Stewards' Mission

    • Provide care and maintenance to the trees in the city and the surrounding area
    • Educate the public to the benefits and needs of the trees in our communities
    • Provide assistance to City staff that has the responsibility for the care of City trees.

    Coming Up!

    Design, Planting  & Management of the Orchard - A Free Workshop
    Featuring Tom Burford
    Wednesday, January  20, 2016  ~ 9:30 am to 11:30 am 
    The Miller Center, 301 Grove Street, Lynchburg

    Tom Burford will speak about developing your own Urban Orchard. Learn about both stone fruit trees and pomme fruit trees. Starting with the Philosophy of the Orchard, Tom will share about the design, planting and management of your orchard. Come hear this passionate, knowledgeable, and engaging tree expert present the basics on growing and managing a successful orchard.

    Arbor Day

    Each April the Tree Stewards and the City hold an Arbor Day Celebration usually at one of the City's schools. This year's Arbor Day Celebration will be held Friday, April 25 at 1:15 p.m. at Linkhorne Elementary School. The public is invited to attend.

    Heritage Trees

    One of the special programs of the Tree Stewards is The Heritage Tree Program which began in 1995 with the help of a grant from the Virginia Urban Forest Council and the Virginia Department of Forestry. Each year during the Arbor Day festivities the Heritage Tree Awards are announced and an engraved marker is placed at a selected Heritage tree. The 2015 Heritage Tree is the Chinese Fir, Cunninghamia lanceolata, located at 2719 Hurdle Hill Road.  

    View the list of Heritage Trees.

    The Heritage Tree Program recognizes local trees in one of the following categories:

    • Largest for Species
    • Historic
    • Beautiful
    • Unique
    • "Only the Strong Will Survive"

    Anyone may nominate a tree for the honor of being named a Heritage Tree. Additionally, the tree must be visible from the street and can be on public or private property. Currently, only one tree is selected for the Heritage Tree each year. View the complete list of Heritage Trees.

    To nominate a tree for this honor or for more information on how you can join the Tree Stewards, please call or email Klaus Schreiber at (434) 455-4411.

    Watch the Tree Stewards Program produced by LTV Channel 15

    The City's Urban Forester and the Tree Stewards work in partnership to help maintain the City-owned street trees. In this photo is the City Urban Forester Klaus Schreiber and Charter Member Tree Steward Marge Denham. You can volunteer for the Tree Stewards!


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