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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
  • Reid Wodicka, Town Manager, Town of Woodstock
  • Larry Bradford, Retired Town Manager, Town of Woodstock
  • Mike George, Street & Park Foreman, Town of Woodstock
  • Angela Clem, Asst. Town Planner/Risk Mgr., Town of Woodstock
  • Joan Comanor, Tree Board Chairwoman/Woodstock Enhancement Committee/Shenandoah RC&D Council
  • Dan Crannell, Mountainview Estates Homeowners Association Representative
  • Tom Eshelman, Executive Director, Shenandoah County Fair Association
  • Cindy Frenzel, Education Coordinator, Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River  
  • Dana Fisher, Central High School Agriculture Teacher
  • Terry Fogle, Fort Valley Nursery/ValleyScape Landscaping Consultant
  • Amy Helsley, CPA, Woodstock
  • Meredith Bauserman Hoffman, Central High School Science Teacher
  • Joe Lehnen, Area Forester
  • Warren Schennum, Certified Arborist
  • Shelley Schechtel, County Resident
  • Aaron Pattie, Woodstock Police Department

Advisors to the Tree Board:  Dave Butler, Shentel Corporation (technical resource when utility advice is needed) & Dominion Virginia Power (when technical assistance is needed at Indian Spring Wetland Park)

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 to promote the Tribute Trees Program
  • 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!

Achievements
The Town of Woodstock is proud to be an 9th-year Tree City!  This year the Town also won the Tree City USA Growth Award for the 2nd 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 and 2014, the Tree Board has earned two rounds of 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 over 80 street trees!

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.