Tree and Environment Sustainability Committee
The Tree and Environment Sustainability Committee (TESC) has re-formed as a merging of the Tree and Beautification Committee and the Committee on the Environment. The TESC is currently looking for members to join this newly revived committee! To submit an application, please click here.
The Tree & Environment Sustainability Committee will be defining its mission and activities in the coming months. The vision of the committee is to establish partnerships with citizens, business owners, and other stakeholders to plan and implement measurable environmentally responsible and sustainable initiatives for Purcellville and our nation.
The Tree and Environment Sustainability Committee focuses on these areas:
Virtual Workshop, June 3, 2021 - Native Trees and How to Protect them from Invasive Species
Join the Tree and Environment Sustainability Committee on Thursday, June 3 at 7 p.m. for a virtual workshop about native trees and invasive plants. Jordan Herring, Senior Area Forester with the Virginia Department of Forestry, will share information about trees that are native to Virginia and why planting native trees is best. He will also provide details about some of the invasive species that threaten our native trees such as English ivy, Japanese honeysuckle, multiflora rose, tree of heaven (spotted lanternflies are commonly found on these trees), autumn olive, and ways to manage these plants. Register online to receive details about how to participate in the virtual workshop.
Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant - Increasing Diversity of Trees at the Suzanne R. Kane Nature Preserve, 2021
The Town of Purcellville is pleased to announce that it is a recipient of the Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant issued by the Virginia Department of Forestry. The project is to plant new trees at the Suzanne R. Kane Nature Preserve to help maintain and improve the habitat, increase the number of native species in the area, and improve water quality so the preserve continues to provide the food, water, shelter, and shade necessary for native wildlife to thrive. The elements of the project include tree plantings, community engagement, and education.
Wonder of Trees Poster Contest, 2020
The Tree and Environment Sustainability Committee and the Purcellville Arts Council are co-sponsoring a poster contest about trees that focuses on how planting trees helps the environment, which may include: cleaning the air, trapping carbon, cleaning water, providing food and shelter for wildlife, or helping people (food, resources, shade, health benefits). Any current student in the Purcellville area may participate, including all schools that feed into Woodgrove High School and Loudoun Valley High School as well as homeschooled children. There will be three winners each from elementary, middle, and high school levels. The deadline for entries was January 31, 2020.
Virginia Trees for Clean Water: Restoring the Riparian Buffer at the Chapman DeMary Trail - 2018
The Town of Purcellville is pleased to announce that it is a recipient of the annual Virginia Trees for Clean Water grant issued by the Virginia Department of Forestry. The project is to restore the riparian buffer at the Chapman DeMary Trail, a 10-acre area that runs along the South Fork Catoctin Creek, part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The Town of Purcellville holds the conservation easement for this privately-owned property. The native trees we planted included: black cherry, river birch, sycamore, and willow oak.
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Energy Saving Tips
Participants at the 2019 Hail to the Trail were asked to share their favorite energy saving tips. Here are tips provided:
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Participants at the 2019 Hail to the Trail were asked to share their favorite tips for reducing, reusing, and recycling. Here are the tips they shared: