The Virginia Loves Trees campaign is dedicated to raising public awareness and funding support for urban and community trees in Virginia. Whether in our neighborhoods, at the park, or on Main Street, trees create comfortable places to walk, sit or play; create childhood memories; enhance tourism and commerce; and provide a host of environmental benefits for all Virginians. We hope you will show your love and support of trees by purchasing the Virginia Loves Trees license plate.
Virginia Loves Trees developed from the desires of a coalition of nonprofits, professional associations, researchers, and educators to raise awareness and funds to support urban and community trees in Virginia. Virginia Loves Trees is centered on the specialty license plate program, that helps us demonstrate the value of trees in our communities and our commitment to their stewardship to fellow citizens. Coalition organizations include:
- Trees Virginia- The Virginia Urban Forest Council
- The Virginia Tech Urban Forestry Program
- Mid Atlantic Chapter International Society of Arboriculture
- Virginia Green Industry Council
- Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association
Funding for Community Trees
The funding support for community tree initiatives in Virginia has often been tenuous. Through the revenue sharing license plate program, our coalition hopes to increase our capacity for these initiatives. After the first thousand plates are sold, the VA Loves Trees license plate will raise 15$ per plate per year to dedicate towards our mission of supporting urban and community trees throughout the state. Funds raised through license plate sales will be used by Trees Virginia and the Urban Forestry Program at Virginia Tech to improve tree canopy in communities of all Virginians through creative and cost-effective programs. Through education, technical support for localities, innovative research, and community outreach and partnerships, we work to ensure the quality and longevity of urban and community trees for the future. Just a few examples of these programs include the Tree Stewards volunteer program, Remarkable Trees of Virginia, regional Urban Forestry Roundtables, Urban Tree Canopy Assessment and Mapping, and research on sustaining cities through urban forestry. To read more about our programs, please visit Trees Virginia and the Urban Forestry Gateway at VT.