Urban Tree Workshop to be held in Waynesboro

The 17th annual Waynesboro Plant Health Care for Urban Trees Workshop will take place September 21st, and registration for the popular workshop is now open.  This year’s workshop, called Trees: Fifty Shades of Green, will be held at the Best Western Inn and Conference Center on Apple Tree Lane in Waynesboro from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Participants will choose one of two tracks offered during the day-long event: 1. ArborMaster tree training for those interested in safe tree climbing and safe tree cutting, or 2. Fifty Shades of Green for people who are interested in caring for urban and suburban trees.

“This year’s workshop has a terrific slate of speakers,” said Barbara White, VDOF urban partnership coordinator.  “In addition to experts from across Virginia, we’ll have speakers from Texas and Washington, DC.”

Topics for the Fifty Shades of Green workshop include: Putting the Park in Parking Lots; Don’t Get Caught with Your Plants Down…Keeping Up with the Latest Tree Planting Research; Tree Risk Assessment, and Reducing Impervious Surfaces to Enhance Urban Tree Canopy and Reduce Stormwater Runoff.

General registration is $85 per person.  Municipal and nonprofit registration is $75 per person.  Registration for students, tree stewards, master gardeners or master naturalists is $50 per person.  All registrations include lunch.  Visit

www.treesvirginia.org to register.  If you have any questions, please contact Becky Woodson at 434.220.9024 or Dwayne Jones at 540.942.6735.

The workshop is sponsored by Waynesboro Parks & Recreation; Trees Virginia; the Virginia Department of Forestry, and the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association.

The Virginia Department of Forestry protects and develops healthy, sustainable forest resources for Virginians.  Headquartered in Charlottesville, the Agency has forestry staff members assigned to every county to provide citizen service and public safety protection across the Commonwealth.  VDOF is an equal opportunity provider.

With nearly 16 million acres of forestland and more than 144,000 Virginians employed in forestry, forest products and related industries, Virginia forests provide more than $27.5 Billion annually in benefits to the Commonwealth.

Augusta Health Kris McMackin CPA
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