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written by Ashley Fellers
A local volunteer group's commitment to trees is doing
much more than just planting neighborhood pride.

Imagine, for a moment, that you live in a city lush

with green. Trees line the sidewalks, showering scarlet
leaves in the fall. In pocket parks, giant oaks and
sycamores shade even the most urban communities
from summer heat, and residents breathe easier as the
canopy scrubs the air, flushing it with fresh oxygen.
In the mornings, the city rings out with birdsong.
If that sounds a bit like paradise, take note: a
Roanoke volunteer group is working to make it a
reality, right now.
"I love to preach the gospel according to trees,"
says David Edwards, president of the Roanoke Tree
Stewards and a board member for Trees Roanoke,
a nonprofit sister group that purchases public trees.
"They do so much for us, but they don't ask for much
in return," he says.
That's why, quietly and without fanfare, the Tree
Stewards meet several times a month to plant, prune
and sometimes water Roanoke's urban forest - in
parks, on greenways and along neighborhood streets.

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