A partnership between Stihl Inc. and the city of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation provided an estimated $25,000 worth of improvements to the Lake Smith Fishing Station in the city over the weekend, including removal of diseased, damaged trees; creation of a new walking trail; installation of two planting beds; and removal of invasive plants.
The improvements took place in two phases over two days. Intensive work, such as tree felling, chipping and grinding were completed on April 17 by Stihl and city-trained personnel, along with local tree care professionals, including Robert Gallant, the recent winner of the International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter Tree Climbing Championship. Stihl employees and their families, along with K&D Round’s Landscape Services, donated their time to beautification efforts on April 18.
World-renowned tree care professional Mark Chisholm, a two-time world champion of the ISA International Tree Climbing Championship and certified arborist, was onsite assisting with tree removal and conducted training with city of Virginia Beach employees. Chisholm is sponsored by Stihl.
“The work done by Stihl, the city, and all the volunteers has left these trees and plants healthier over the long run,” said Chisholm, who is a third-generation arborist. “By removing invasive plant species that were choking the trees and trees that were diseased or damaged, the entire Lake Smith area will continue to thrive.”
“It’s a great feeling to take a public space that had become overgrown and turn it into something beautiful that everyone can use and appreciate,” said Roger Phelps of Stihl Inc. “Many thanks to all the city volunteers, Stihl employees and their families, and the additional volunteers from the trail club, Poor Folks Tree Service, K&D Round’s Landscape Services, Gallant Tree Service of Williamsburg and Lancaster Farms Nursery, for taking part in this project and creating a dramatic difference in just one weekend.”
Stihl Inc. is a member of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), an international association serving lawn care professionals, landscape management contractors, design/build/installation professionals, and interior plantscapers, and is one of many companies performing a variety of volunteer lawn and landscape projects to give back to their communities across the country. The event was organized to demonstrate the importance of maintaining green spaces in recognition of the PLANET Day of Service on Earth Day. For more information on PLANET Day of Service, visit planetdayofservice.org.
For more information about Stihl Inc., please visit www.stihlusa.com.