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March 2024 Quarterly Report



Quarterly Update We are setting aside the month of March to celebrate the people, projects, and principles that led to our founding in 2010. Collaboration, Conservation, and Community inspired our first board members and continue to influence our work today. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn through mid-April to see posts celebrating our past and looking to our future. ... Read more »

Meet a Board Member: Hollee Freeman

We’re thrilled to have Dr. Hollee Freeman on our Board at Capital Trees. Her personal and professional passions line up closely with the work we are trying to accomplish throughout the City of Richmond. Hollee is an author, educator, and beekeeeper who strives to bring people closer to the natural world. Read our interview with Dr. Hollee Freeman below to learn more about what Capital Trees initiatives she’s excited about, what brought her to our Board,

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Richmond Moving Towards Becoming a Bee City

After three years of study and collaboration, a coalition of community organizations with the support of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities submitted a resolution to City Council to support the designation of Richmond as a Bee City USA Affiliate. The resolution supports the department’s mission to protect and build native habitats for the insects that depend on them.  Capital Trees was a part of the coalition that helped build the task force,

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Capital Trees Hires Director of Advancement

We’re thrilled to introduce Anne Poarch, the first Director of Advancement for Capital Trees, who joined our team in January 2024. Read her bio below to get to know Anne, her background, and how nature and the outdoors have been a through line for her for decades.

A Richmond-based author and entrepreneur, Anne grew up the youngest of five in North Carolina. Her mother and sister taught her the finer arts of shelling fresh peas and planning a picnic,

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December 2023 Quarterly Report


Quarterly Update

Capital Trees’ work this quarter illustrates one of our core values: Collaborative. We build partnerships to increase, improve, and sustainably manage public greenspace. Throughout this newsletter you will find examples of our collaborative nature. We continue to strengthen relationships with public and private partners to build a greener and more livable Richmond.

Your investment, whether it’s a financial gift or the gift of volunteer hours,

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Meet a Board Member: Katrina Van Orden

Capital Trees Board Katrina Van Orden

Meet Katrina Van Orden, a RVA transplant who brings a fresh perspective to our Capital Trees Board of Trustees. By trade, Katrina is an architectural designer, but as a resident, they see the need for and value of accessible public green space. Read our interview with Katrina, to learn about how they see collaboration with community and other organizations as important pillars for Capital Trees moving forward.

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October 2023 Quarterly Report



Quarterly Update

Throughout the summer, Capital Trees has continued its work of building a greener and more livable Richmond in our three program areas: BUILD, MANAGE, & EDUCATE.  Our summer saw the development of additional projects including advising a neighborhood association and an upcoming tree planting event.  The regular rain and warm temps kept us busy managing our existing projects. 

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Meet a Board Member: Anedra Bourne

Anedra Wiseman Bourne is the Deputy Executive Director for Venture Richmond, and thanks to her work in that role, she is no stranger to striving to “enhance the vitality of the community” here in Richmond. She’s been following the work of Capital Trees for more than a decade, and now has stepped up to serve on our Board, lending our organization her invaluable experience. Read our interview with Anedra to learn more about her,

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June 2023 Quarterly Update


Quarterly Update

Throughout the spring, Capital Trees has continued its work of building a greener and more livable Richmond in our three strategic areas of BUILD, MANAGE, EDUCATE.  We are also wrapping up our fiscal year on June 30.  Enjoy this update on current projects and programs.

Shelly Barrick Parsons
Executive Director



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