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2017 Arbor Day Poster Winners

Cary Smith - Fifth grade winner from Meadow Bridge Elementary in Fayette County. An Eastern Redbud was planted at his school in his honor.

Zoey Riddle - Fourth grade winner from Terra Alta East Preston School in Preston County. An Autumn Flowing Cherry Tree was planted at her school in her honor.



Newsletter Fall and Winter 2017-2018


CTree accepting grant applications for tree planting projects in the Potomac Basin

Applications due Feb. 1 for spring projects, July 1 for fall projects.

West Virginia Project CommuniTree (CTree) and its partners invite community organizations to apply for CTree Kits to plant trees at their schools, parks, road right-of-ways, churches, and other public lands. CTree Kits are awarded through a competitive grant process and trees may only be planted on public land in the following West Virginia counties: Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton.

CTree Kits include:

•Trees in a variety of species and stock sizes for shade, reforestation, etc.

•Tree tubes or cages to protect from deer

•Mulch to foster good root growth

Successful applicants will receive technical assistance from CTree partners and the West Virginia Division of Forestry. Any interested group that is dedicated to increasing urban canopy cover in the Potomac Basin is eligible to apply (with or without prior experience planting trees). Follow this link to see a map of priority planting sites

Applications must be received by Feb. 1 for spring projects (April – May tree plantings) and July 1 for fall projects (October – November tree plantings). Applications can be found by visiting the Forestry tab at CacaponInstitute.Org or by clicking this link



2019 Mountaineer Treeways Application is available through March 24. The Mountaineer Treeways program provides trees seedlings at no cost for communities and volunteer organizations to plant on public land across West Virginia. All trees must be planted on public property with preference given to projects involving: interstates, rest areas, park & rides, highways, public parks, schools, city streets and other municipal property. Trees will be distributed in early April as weather and nursery conditions permit. The program is made possible by donations from Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia and is administered by the West Virginia Division of Forestry."


WVU i Canopy Study - Benefits of Urban Trees in WV

Dr. Gregory Dahle, Associate Professor of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, conducted a study funded through a grant provided by the West Virginia Division of Forestry. The goal was to quantify ecosystem services provided by urban trees within Tree City USA communities throughout West Virginia. Results document that West Virginia's urban forests make significant contributions to communities including sequestering 2,847,190 tons of carbon providing a total benefit of $53,308,328 in stored carbon. Additional ecosystem services involve the annual capture of 4,348,592 pounds of pollutants with an estimated value of $6,441,179 across TCUSA communities. Read more at the links below."

Summary: Benefits of Urban Trees in West Virginia

Ecosystem Benefits of Tree City USA Cities in West Virgnia



Want to know which tree is the right tree to plant in your urban landscape? Check out this new publication, "Trees for Urban Landscapes."

Download Trees for Urban Landscapes

Information about Urban Forestry

Looking for information on how to manage your urban forest? The Division of Forestry has compiled these links to help you learn to properly care for the trees in your cities and towns.

Checklist of best management practices
for tree and shrub care

Planting and Transplanting Trees and Shrubs

Urban Forest Management Plan

Checklist of how to select, purchase,
install and care for urban forests (trees)

Planting Trees in Designated and Built Community Landscapes

Planting and After Care of Community Trees

Tree Owner's Manual

How to place value on municipal trees

Midwest Community Tree Guide

Trees Pay Us Back

Checklist of how to protect trees during development (construction)

Preserving Trees in Development Projects

Protecting Trees from Construction Damage

Urban Forestry Best Management Practices

Illustrated guide of how to trim (prune) trees and shrubs

How to Prune Trees


Urban Forestry Publications and Links

| Tree Planting Instructions |

| Urban & Community Forestry Fact Sheets |



West Virginia cities and communities also contain a valuable forest resource, the urban forest. A community's urban forest includes all street and park trees as well as privately owned tress in residential neighborhoods. The West Virginia Division of Forestry recognizes and supports the significant role these trees play by enhancing the quality of life for all West Virginians through the Urban and Community Forestry program. The goal of the Urban and Community Forestry program is to promote the long-term care of trees in cities and communities throughout the state. Our program cooperates with communities to ensure this care by encouraging the initiation of municipal tree boards and ordinances that establish guidelines for the planting and maintenance of trees on public property.

Program Highlights
  • The West Virginia Urban and Community Forestry Council represents community forestry interests from across the state and provides advice to the State Forester concerning the program. The Council works to raise public awareness with a biannual newsletter and promotes higher standards of tree care through training workshops and educational events. Council information can be obtained from the interm Chair, Dan Brown.

  • Andy Sheetz, the Partnership Coordinator, is available to work with volunteer organizations interested in tree planting and other related projects. He also is active in assisting community tree boards with finding financial support and other resources from various private and public entities for all types of community forestry projects. Andy can be contacted at (304) 558-2788 or Andy.I.Sheetz@wv.gov.

  • The Tree City USA program is a national award for communities with a sustained and active tree care agenda. Tree City USA is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation and administered locally by the West Virginia Division of Forestry.

  • Utilizing funds from the USDA Forest Service passed to the Division of Forestry, communities can receive financial assistance in the form of Demonstration City Grants. These grants are offered to Tree City USA communities and communities working toward this goal for tree planting projects, hazard tree removal, creating arboretums and outdoor classrooms, street tree inventories, and management plans. Applications are available each July.

  • The Municipal Tree Restoration Program promotes planting only small maturing trees under over-head utility lines. This program is a cooperative effort among the Division of Forestry, West Virginia University and local utility companies and encourages communities to plant "the right tree in the right place." Large and potentially hazardous trees growing under power lines can be removed and small maturing species are planted in their place at no cost to the community.

  • The Mountaineer Treeways program provides FREE seedlings for volunteer groups that wish to plant trees on public property. This program is a joint effort between the West Virginia Division of Forestry, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the West Virginia Division of Highways and the Turnpike Authority. For more information about the Mountaineer Treeways program, contact Andy Sheetz at (304) 558-2788.

    Additional information about Urban and Community Forestry and related programs can be obtained from Bob Hannah, Urban Forestry Coordinator, at (304) 825-6983 or Robert.L.Hannah@wv.gov.

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