Roanoke Tree Stewards help to maintain urban forest

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Roanoke has more than 150 varieties of trees, and a dedicated group of volunteers to help take care of them.

Roanoke City Parks and Rec started the Tree Steward program ten years ago. Members learn how to plant and prune trees, and educate the public on proper care.

Anita Finkle is a Roanoke Tree Stewards Volunteer. She was part of a group that helped plant a red oak tree Friday morning.

"My personal favorite is planting trees, like the one we did today," Finkle told WDBJ7. "Then later when I'm running or walking or driving through, I can see that tree and say I helped plant that tree and make our community better."

The Tree Stewards training is free and includes both classroom and field work.

The next course starts in late January.

For more information, visit the group's web page.

Roanoke Tree Stewards

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