SVTA: Protecting the Swannanoa Valley Community Forest
The Swannanoa Valley Tree Alliance is an alliance between Asheville GreenWorks, Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, Black Mountain Parks & Greenways Foundation, and other stakeholders of our community forest canopy. We believe that the trees of the Swannanoa Valley might be one of the most important characteristics that defines local beauty and small town charm. Our trees – along municipal streets, in parks and natural areas, and in the front and back yards of homes – are our Community Forest.
• We facilitate nominations of the Treasured Trees of the Valley through the Asheville GreenWorks Treasured Tree Program.
• We bring public awareness of the trees in the Swannanoa Valley as valuable and irreplaceable and encourage stewardship of our community forest.
• We speak up for the trees when local governments are making decisions that impact our community forest.
• We inspire people to improve the world around them by planting native trees and replacing trees lost to development or disease.
Trees are the lifelines of our valley, beautifying the view corridor that we share, providing shade and privacy, creating the oxygen we breath and keeping our air cool and clean. Our trees protect soils from erosion and provide habitat and food for birds, pollinators, and other wildlife.
• Bring public awareness to these valuable and irreplaceable trees
• Encourage stewardship of our community forest by increasing property owners’ awareness of their role in maintaining the forest canopy
• Protect all trees from indiscriminate removal or irreparable damage during development
• Raise awareness of the diversity, sensitivity and importance of the tree canopy
• Share with friends and others in the community about the Treasured Tree Program
• Keep eyes open for big, beautiful trees and encourage their owners to nominate them
• Solicit donations to help pay for Treasured Tree plaques & education events
• Help to process treasured tree nominations, and present/install plaques and certificates
• Research the history of nominated trees, and help work on our database with pictures, historical information, and locations of each Treasured Tree
• Are you an arborist? Or do you know one? Arborists are needed to assess the ecological importance, health, estimated age, and DBH of nominated trees
...OR MAKE A DONATION TODAY!
...OR DONATIONS CAN BE MADE BY CHECK OR MONEY ORDER:
When donating, please write check to "The Black Mountain Parks & Greenways Foundation", and note (on Memo line) that the donation is for the Swannanoa Valley Treasured Tree program.
MAIL DONATIONS TO: Black Mountain Parks and Greenways, Inc. || PO Box 253, Black Mountain, 28711
Plaques are paid for through private individuals, business donations, and the Swannanoa Valley Museum. If you would like to sponsor a tree that you have nominated, you can have your logo on the tree’s plaque for $25. Each metal plaque is affixed to the tree trunk with long screws that back out as the tree grows (or placed on a stake in front of the tree if it cannot be affixed to tree).
1) Assistance with keeping our website up to date with tree information and photos
2) Historical and natural history research/write-ups about specific trees
3) Promoting and recruiting new tree nominations in our area
4) Accounting/ group treasurer
5) Assistance with event advertising
To sign up to volunteer please contact us at info@SVTreeAlliance.com
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