Monday, March 18, 2013

Episode 153 (3-18-13): "Grandad Planted Trees," by Bob Gramann

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Please see below (after the transcript and show notes) for links to news and upcoming events.


From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of March 18, 2013.

This week, we feature a musical selection about one of Virginia’s most common natural resources and one of the most important for the Commonwealth’s waters.  Have a listen for about 45 seconds.

You’ve been listening to an excerpt from “Grandad Planted Trees” by Bob Gramann on his 2004 CD of the same name.  Fortunately for all of us, lots of people these days are like Grandad in the song and recognize the value of planting trees, especially for water benefits.  For example, plastic tubes beside streams indicate trees planted to help improve stream water quality and habitat.  Cities encourage tree-planting to help reduce stormwater runoff and the pollutants it can carry to waterways.  Airline travelers can contribute money to tree-planting projects as a way to try to help offset the carbon emissions of the flight.  In these and other ways, trees are recognized as part of the solution for an array of water-resources issues.  Virginia has a rich diversity of trees: deciduous and evergreen; flowering and cone-bearing; shrubby and towering.  These trees’ interactions with water are key factors in the health of each resource, and those interactions have impacts far beyond the forest.  Thanks to Bob Gramann for permission to use this week’s music.For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at, or call us at (540) 231-5463.  From the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.


Saplings planted along Toms Creek in Blacksburg (Montgomery County), Virginia, emerging from protective tubes, October 10, 2009.

Trees framing Little River near Radford, Virginia, September 22, 2009.

Acknowledgments and Sources: “Grandad Planted Trees” is copyright by Bob Gramann, used with permission.  Bob Gramann’s Web site is

This episode’s script was adapted from the conclusion to “An Introduction to Trees in Virginia and Their Connections to Water,” by Sanglin Lee and Alan Raflo, posted 12/7/11 on the Virginia Water Central News Grouper, at, and published in Virginia Water Central, April 2012 (  The article includes a list of some basic references on Virginia’s trees.  A Virginia Cooperative Extension version of this article (“Trees and Water,” by Sanglin Lee, Alan Raflo, and Jennifer Gagnon; some differences in text) is available online at
For an online guide to identification of trees that occur in Virginia, see the tree Fact Sheets from the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Conservation, at

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