Monday, October 16, 2017

Thank you to TD Bank and TreeStewards volunteers!

We had a great day for the TD Tree Days 'food forest' planting at Four Mile Run on Thursday, October 5, and very much appreciated the participation of Mayor Allison Silberberg at the opening ceremony. Many thanks to volunteers from TD Bank and TreeStewards, and to Arbor Day Foundation, Alliance for Community Trees, and TD Tree Days for project support and funding.

Read about it in the Alexandria Times article -- though please note that the upcoming community garden project is the great work of Rebuilding Together Alexandria!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

TD Tree Days on October 5th



                                                                      
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, has selected TreeStewards Of Arlington and Alexandria to participate in TD Tree Days, a community-based program that expands urban forests and green spaces in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. 
Staff and volunteers of TreeStewards and partnering organization Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation will join local employees of TD Bank to plant 40 trees at Four Mile Run Park in Alexandria on Thursday, October 5.

"We're proud to partner with TreeStewards during TD Tree Days to nurture the community and the environment from the ground up," said Joseph Doolan, TD Bank's Head of Environmental Affairs. "Trees do much more than beautify our communities – they produce oxygen; improve air quality and slow climate change by reducing carbon emissions, airborne pollutants and smog; provide cooling shade to reduce energy costs; and enhance the quality of life."

Now in its seventh year, TD Tree Days will bring together more than 1,000 community members and TD employees from September through early November to plant approximately 850 trees in 21 communities across the United States. TD Tree Days will be managed with support from The Arbor Day Foundation. Founded in 2010, the program has made a significant positive impact for communities and the environment as TD's flagship volunteer and urban greening program, planting more than 285,000 trees and shrubs, primarily in Canada and the U.S. 

TreeStewards is one of 18 organizations in the United States that was chosen to participate in TD Tree Days through an application process. "We are excited to participate in TD Tree Days because it supports our goal of enhancing tree canopy, with native fruit and nut trees that will benefit the community as a ‘food forest’," said Kurt Moser, the TreeSteward coordinating the project.
In addition to Alexandria, TD Tree Days events are scheduled in these communities this fall: Delray Beach, Miami and Tampa, Florida; Mattapan, Massachusetts; Auburn, Maine; Detroit, Michigan; Asheville and Wilmington, North Carolina; Camden, Jersey City, Newark and Westampton, New Jersey; the Bronx and Brooklyn, New York; Chester and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Warwick, Rhode Island; Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina; and Alexandria, Virginia.

Follow TD Tree Days on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US #TDTreeDays and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank.

About TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria
TreeStewards are volunteers who take the lead within their communities to enhance a sustainable urban forest through volunteer activities and public education programs. Our volunteer activities include: planting, pruning, mulching and watering of street, park and school trees; staffing informational booths at farmers’ markets and local festivals, in conjunction with Virginia Cooperative Extension; leading neighborhood Tree Walks and speaking at community gatherings; and advocating for trees wherever and whenever needed. To learn more, visit www.treestewards.org.


About the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation
The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation is non-profit volunteer organization formed in 2016 following years of community efforts to foster the preservation, beautification, improvement, maintenance, and enjoyment of Four Mile Run Park. Its mission is to engage and educate the public, and to maintain the trail system and natural lands around lower Four Mile Run to improve Four Mile Run Park, and to foster respect and stewardship for this unique urban ecosystem and its natural, historic, and recreational resources. For more information, visit www.fourmilerun.org.

About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 9 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,200 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.

TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol "TD". To learn more, visit www.td.com.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Four Mile Run Wetland Restoration awarded at the Virginia APA Conference!

News from the American Planning Association Virginia Chapter 2017 Annual Conference:

"The Four Mile Run Wetlands Restoration, completed in May 2016, restored the historic 2-acre tidal wetland along Four Mile Run. This wetland plays a prominent role in regional efforts to protect the Potomac River and the endangered Chesapeake Bay by restoring the diverse habitat and natural cycles that support life in and along these waterways. The wetlands restoration project integrates flood protection, environmental restoration, community aesthetics, community access and connectivity, recreation, and education. This project is an amenity for visitors to Four Mile Run Park, including new pedestrian access and provides a connection between aquatic and terrestrial habitats that is important to fish and aquatic organisms as well as many birds and terrestrial animals."

See more about the nomination that won led to this award at the conference website: https://www.apavirginia.com/copy-of-old-dominion-award-1