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Overview
Tree Board's purpose is to:
  • Develop, implement and maintain an urban forestry management program
  • Develop standards and guidelines for planting, maintenance and preservation of public trees
  • Promote education of the general public on proper tree-care practices
  • Support efforts of other groups interested in urban forestry in the Town of Woodstock
  • Advise the Town Manager, Town Council, and appropriate Boards and Commissions on matters pertaining to municipal plantings, and the designation of historic or landmark trees

For more information regarding Woodstock Tree Board activities, please contact Ms. Joan Comanor, Chairwoman.

Members
  • Angela Clem, Town Manager, Town of Woodstock
  • Larry Bradford, Retired Town Manager, Town of Woodstock
  • Joan Comanor, Tree Board Chairwoman/Woodstock Enhancement Committee
  • Mike George, Street & Park Foreman, Town of Woodstock
  • Lemuel Hancock, Urban Designer|Neighborhood Planner, Town of Woodstock
  • Lee Dieter, Woodstock Resident
  • Tom Eshelman, Executive Director, Shenandoah County Fair Association
  • Cindy Frenzel, Education Coordinator, Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River  
  • Dana Fisher, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Regional Representative
  • Terry Fogle, Fort Valley Nursery/ValleyScape Landscaping Consultant
  • Amy Helsley, CPA, Woodstock
  • Joe Lehnen, Area Forester
  • Warren Schennum, Certified Arborist
  • Katie Mercer, Director of Marketing & Events, Town of Woodstock
  • Judy Powell, President, Shenandoah Garden Club

Advisors to the Tree Board: Ron Cash, Dominion Virginia Power (when technical assistance is needed at Indian Spring Wetland Park or street tree planting and removal)

2016 Woodstock Tree Board Schedule of Meetings & Activities
February 9 - Woodstock Tree Board Meeting
April 12 - Woodstock Tree Board Meeting
April 29 - Woodstock Arbor Day - See the News Release
June 14 - Woodstock Tree Board Meeting
August 9 - Woodstock Tree Board Meeting
October 11 - Woodstock Tree Board Meeting
December 13 - Woodstock Tree Board Meeting

Activities
  • Continue work on the Indian Spring Wetland Park (located at 764 South Water Street)
  • Continue the implementation of the Urban Tree Canopy Plan, including promoting awareness of the undesirable aspects of tree topping; develop educational materials about desirable native trees for Woodstock; make public presentations on tree planting and care; manage Main Street trees
  • Continue the implementation of the Green Infrastructure Plan
  • Continue to promote the Tribute Trees Program
  • Complete public trees inventory and evaluate results
  • Work within the community to plant trees and give tree planting and care advice
  • On April 12, 2014, the Tree Board and Town staff will work with Peter Muhlenberg Middle School during its community service "BIG GIVE" event.  We will be planting 10 trees at W.O. Riley Park.  Please find the News Release for further information!
  • Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant - Phase II to plant 46 trees - Press Release
  • Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant - 2015 Award to plant 27 trees, 210 shrubs, and 353 perennials/grass plugs on Route 42 in front of the Central High School Athletic Field
  • Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant - 2015 Award to plant trees and shrubs on Route 42 (Northside) - Spring 2016 Planting

Achievements
The Town of Woodstock is proud to be an 11th-year Tree City!  This year the Town also won the Tree City USA Growth Award for the 4th year in a row, which exhibits above-average performance executing its tree program. 

The Tree Board recommends planting the "right tree" in the "right place" in order to maximize the Town of Woodstock's Tree Canopy, in accordance with the Town Council-adopted Urban Tree Canopy Plan. Please find the recommended Street Tree and Shrub List.

The Town Council unanimously adopted the Urban Tree Canopy Plan on November 1, 2011.  Find out more information on the Plan, UTC Assessment, and what you can do to help Woodstock reach its goal of 30% tree canopy coverage within 20 years!

In 2013, 2014, and 2015 the Tree Board has earned the Virginia Trees for Clean Water grant.  With those monies, the Tree Board and the Woodstock Enhancement Committee has worked together to plant and plan for several street trees!

In 2015, the Town of Woodstock was awarded the prestigious Gold Leaf Award from the International Society of Arboriculture

Indian Spring Wetland
Indian Spring Wetland is an environmental, interpretive area located in the Town of Woodstock at 764 South Water Street.  The Tree Board continues to look for funding opportunities to protect and maximize the education opportunities of a valuable wetland.  Please access the Concept Plan by Sympoetica.

The Indian Spring Wetland Observation Deck has been completed. It was completed with the attainment of a $50,000 grant (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds through the Department of Forestry). View more information about Indian Spring Wetland Park, and look for future development of the park area!

The Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River created an Educational Guide for the Indian Spring Wetland. Although the guide is geared toward teachers who have SOLs to abide by with a great link to the wetland, it can be useful for citizens and visitors alike!

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the first phase of the Indian Spring Wetland Master Design was held on July 20, 2012. Please, take a look at the pictures of the celebration, as well as the finished product.

On May 8, 2013, the Town accepted the Better Models for Development Award from Valley Conservation Council for Best Town Conservation Area.  We have several phases to work on, but are proud of the accomplishment thus far.  Check out the picture from the award ceremony.  Find out more about the 2013 Award Winners throughout the Shenandoah Valley and VCC.  Also, the Daily News Record wrote a nice article with the highlights from the award ceremony.