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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.
The Lynchburg Tree Steward's 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.
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.
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.
The Heritage Tree Program recognizes local trees in one of the following categories:
- Largest for Species
- "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.volunteer for the Tree Stewards!