The Urban Forestry Award this year, nominated
by the Thomas Jefferson SWCD, goes to the Town of Louisa. The Town
of Louisa, with the assistance of the David Stone of Department of
Forestry, has planted more than 60 trees in the last three years.
At first they planted trees on public land with financial assistance
from a Department of Forestry Community Forestry Grant.
Since then they have done something very unique,
planting trees on private land using public money for the public good.
They are doing this because the best planting places along the public
thoroughfares in Louisa are on private land. The Town buys and plants
the trees and provides water and maintenance for the first few years.
The tree belongs to the private landowner once it is planted.
In addition to this program the Town of Louisa
wanted to plant trees in the courthouse downtown area. Lacking adequate
planting space the town bought nine large tree containers and planted
various urban-hardy maple species that will not grow high into the
powerlines. Also the town plans to plant trees along new sidewalks
that are planned for along Rt. 33 and along a new bypass when it is
The planting of trees and the planned planting
of trees has spurred local interest to further beautify the Town of
Louisa and to apply for grants to bury powerlines and enhance the
downtown area with new sidewalks and more tree planting.
Brian Marks, Director of Public Works for the
Town of Louisa accepted this award.