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Arlington Forestry Arlington Forestry is the Facebook presence of Arlington's urban forestry department, for posts on the latest forestry science, and pictures of great trees. View terms of use: https://www.arlingtonva.us/terms-conditions/#policy
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Arlington has a long history of having incredible trees. With 1200 acres of County parkland, public buildings, Public Schools, regional parkland and the contribution of great growing spaces from the federal property (Parkway, Arlington National Cemetery) we have plenty of opportunity for having great trees. Most of our trees exist on private property, and working with our citizens to maintain the beauty and sustainability of our community is crucial to our program. Arlington Forestry is the Facebook presence of Arlington's urban forestry department. Pictures of interesting trees and tree-related stuff, as well as new programs and documents are posted here. Feel free to ask questions and enjoy the galleries of pictures of champion trees and tree curiosities around the County. The forestry department works on maintaining tree canopy around the county by replanting in public right of way through parks, through the Tree Canopy Fund, managed by Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, and through outreach and education to Arlington's residents. We work closely with the following groups in helping maintain a healthy forest: Tree Stewards, a dedicated group providing education for private citizens on tree care and planting in Northern Virginia. http://treestewards.org/ The Arlington master naturalists, who work with us on horticulture and ecological education: http://www.armn.org/ Our invasive plants program, which helps keep our region maintain its unique and native plant composition: http://environment.arlingtonva.us/trees/invasive-plants/invasive-plant-program/ And two very active committees in the County, the Urban Forestry Committee (UFC) and the Beautification Committee (BC), who are very dedicated to our trees and our environment: UFC: http://commissions.arlingtonva.us/urban-forestry-commission-ufc/ BC: http://environment.arlingtonva.us/trees/support-trees/arlington-beautification-committee/ We also work closely with Arlington County Schools to help maintain and plant trees on Schools property. Please remember to follow our social media policy for posting: https://newsroom.arlingtonva.us/social-media-general-terms-use/

Just in case you missed this.... http://www.mattritter.net/contentblog/the-five-best-urban-tree-leaves-to-use-as-toilet-...
04/01/2020
The Five Best Urban Tree Leaves to Use as Toilet Paper — Matt Ritter

Just in case you missed this.... http://www.mattritter.net/contentblog/the-five-best-urban-tree-leaves-to-use-as-toilet-paper

As the coronavirus panic grips our nation and toilet paper shelves remain empty at stores, we can turn to the trees in our neighborhood parkways for a comfortable and convenient wipe. Simply find these common trees on your street and pick the number of needed leaves. Remember, leave some for others,

We got the privilege to measure this absolute beast of a tree last week! It's a Water oak, measuring over SIXTEEN feet a...
03/31/2020

We got the privilege to measure this absolute beast of a tree last week! It's a Water oak, measuring over SIXTEEN feet around! It's to be a County Champion for sure.

Happy Monday everyone! Here's a gorgeous common pear blossom to start your week off right!
03/30/2020

Happy Monday everyone! Here's a gorgeous common pear blossom to start your week off right!

Here's a Saucer Magnolia in all its glory (and a bonus closeup for the weekend), to keep you safe and sane out there!
03/28/2020

Here's a Saucer Magnolia in all its glory (and a bonus closeup for the weekend), to keep you safe and sane out there!

Another magnolia, the tuliptree (it's not a poplar!) shows it's woken up for the year with its banana-peel duckbill buds...
03/27/2020

Another magnolia, the tuliptree (it's not a poplar!) shows it's woken up for the year with its banana-peel duckbill buds. This tree will show its flowers later, but watch this unfold into the most adorable little leaf in the next few weeks, and tell me that's not just as exciting!

Magnolias show their face early this year, too, and the Star Magnolia is one of the smaller ones. Smaller, but not less ...
03/26/2020

Magnolias show their face early this year, too, and the Star Magnolia is one of the smaller ones. Smaller, but not less beautiful. What a show!

Oh yeah it's time to look at something that isn't a tree, but will help them grow. This is an in-progress picture of a c...
03/25/2020

Oh yeah it's time to look at something that isn't a tree, but will help them grow. This is an in-progress picture of a continuous soil panel being created at a new apartment development. This allows uncompacted soil to exist under a sidewalk, without messing with the integrity of the sidewalk. The roots can grow under, and the people can walk over. You can find more information on this technique on our website: https://parks.arlingtonva.us/design-standards/

Another early flowering trees is the Okame cherry. Often overlooked, because it flowers when it's too cold to stand arou...
03/24/2020

Another early flowering trees is the Okame cherry. Often overlooked, because it flowers when it's too cold to stand around, but a beauty nonetheless. See these street trees show their flair in Courthouse!

We're all cooped in, or keeping our distance, but the trees are in full glory. Time to appreciate some of the beauty sti...
03/23/2020

We're all cooped in, or keeping our distance, but the trees are in full glory. Time to appreciate some of the beauty still exploding around us. Here's the progression of the Red Maple, one of our earliest flowering trees, this year, from little red bombs of buds to muppet-worthy haircut flowers. It creates a beautiful haze on this common species.

Residents and staff have been working on this for a year now. We're very excited to join the Network! "A biophilic city ...
03/11/2020
Arlington Joins Biophilic Cities Network - Newsroom

Residents and staff have been working on this for a year now. We're very excited to join the Network!

"A biophilic city places nature at the core of its planning and design and works to create abundant opportunities for people to learn about, interact with and connect with this nature. Biophilic cities have a strategic perspective on plans, policies, programs and resource allocation."

https://newsroom.arlingtonva.us/release/arlington-joins-biophilic-cities-network/

As a partner in the network, Arlington will work to conserve and celebrate nature in all its forms through mindful urban planning, design and programming.

Some size comparisons to trees!
02/26/2020

Some size comparisons to trees!

Come to our tree workshop on combating oak decline, on March 24!
02/24/2020

Come to our tree workshop on combating oak decline, on March 24!

Come work with us! We have a Tree Planting Coordinator position open! https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/arlington/j...
02/21/2020
LANDSCAPE SPECIALIST (TREE PLANTING)

Come work with us! We have a Tree Planting Coordinator position open!

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/arlington/jobs/2717696/landscape-specialist-tree-planting

Become part Arlington County's effort to improve sustainability and beautify our neighborhoods and parks, by becoming our Landscape Specialist.Arlington County's Parks and Recreations Department is hiring a Landscape Specialist to become part of a team which improves outdoor spaces for environmenta...

Want to look at trees but also love your phone? Good news! You can do both! Help NASA cross-check their satellite imager...
02/12/2020
GLOBE Observer

Want to look at trees but also love your phone? Good news! You can do both! Help NASA cross-check their satellite imagery by taking pictures of trees in their GLOBE observer app! https://observer.globe.gov/

An international network of citizen scientists and scientists working together to learn more about our shared environment.

While this species is somewhat overplanted in Arlington, one cannot deny its beauty!
02/12/2020

While this species is somewhat overplanted in Arlington, one cannot deny its beauty!

Red Maple (Acer rubrum) is starting to bloom on the Eastern Shore. Don't freak out...it's blooming right on time. Red Maple is one of our first natives to bloom in late winter and early spring. This tree is a common component of many of Maryland's natural communities. Red Maple has been recorded in all Maryland counties, and it is probably found in almost every quad (we need to prove that :)).

I was walking with moth expert Hugh McGuinness last weekend and he told me an interesting anecdote about moths and Red Maple. Moth enthusiasts like to put out bait during the winter. Bait is a combination of sweet and fermented/rotten food that attracts moths. Each moth enthusiast has her/his own bait recipe. What you do is wipe your bait on a trunk or large limb of a tree and during the night go out and check to see what insects have been attracted to your bait. Here's the kicker for baiting moths during the winter. As soon as the Red Maple begins to bloom, action at bait stations becomes almost non-existent. Moths prefer flowering Red Maple.

Red Maple is one of our most documented species at MBP and the Maryland Plant Atlas, but we still need quad work, especially on the southern western shore and out west in the mountains.

To view more photos of Red Maple, go to the Maryland Biodiversity Project: https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php?species=1483

Red Maple at the Maryland Plant Atlas: https://www.marylandplantatlas.org/species.php?species=1483

Photo of a Red Maple beginning to bloom by Richard Orr, Howard County, MD 3/24/15.

For all you really dedicated tree nerds, there's an amazing workshop coming up in Roanoke, on tough trees, stormwater, a...
02/10/2020
Roanoke Workshop 2020: "Urban Tree Sources: Discussing Safety, Stormwater and Tough Trees

For all you really dedicated tree nerds, there's an amazing workshop coming up in Roanoke, on tough trees, stormwater, and street trees. Check it out here!

https://www.treesvirginia.org/events/paid/108-roanoke-urban-tree-health-care-workshop

A total of 5.25 ISA CEUs have been approved for this workshop Register now for the Roanoke Urban Tree Health Care Workshop! "Urban Tree-Sources" Discussing Safety, Stormwater and Tough Trees March...

Check out this great post on tree care for mature trees by Casey Trees. Keep in mind that some of the facts apply to DC ...
02/05/2020
Mature Tree Care

Check out this great post on tree care for mature trees by Casey Trees. Keep in mind that some of the facts apply to DC only, but it's a great source of information.

https://caseytrees.org/2020/01/mature-tree-care/

Caring for the largest trees costs as little as $13 per year, per tree. And, each tree returns an average of $65 in energy savings, cleaner air, better managed stormwater, extended life of streets, and higher property values.

Tree planting is a great tool for battling climate change, but knowing some of the complexities around it can help you c...
02/01/2020
The audacious effort to reforest the planet

Tree planting is a great tool for battling climate change, but knowing some of the complexities around it can help you create a successful project. Check out the latest Washington Post article on how tree planting and carbon sequestration work together:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/climate-solutions/trillion-tree-reforestation-climate-change-philippines/

Trees suck Earth-warming carbon out of the atmosphere far more efficiently than any machine.

01/29/2020
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Want to learn how to identify trees? No better way than to learn what they look like without leaves! It helps you recognize shape and bark, and rely on more of your senses. Check out our presentation on Winter Tree ID here!https://arlingtonva.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2020/01/Winter-Tree-ID.pdf

Terrible Tree Pits? Bringing in new soil can be expensive, and not very environmentally sound. We are trying out Soil Pr...
01/28/2020
Soil Profile Rebuilding

Terrible Tree Pits? Bringing in new soil can be expensive, and not very environmentally sound. We are trying out Soil Profile Rebuilding in some pilot projects in Arlington, to see how tilling in compost and organic matter, decompacting the soil, can help!

https://www.urbanforestry.frec.vt.edu/SRES/

Urban development often results in stripped and compacted soils that cannot sustainably support trees and landscapes and provide little in terms of environmental benefits. Soil Profile Rebuilding is a cost-effective technique that can help rehabilitate these soils to provide documented increases in....

Want support with your urban forestry studies, or know someone studying urban forestry? Casey Trees has a fellowship ava...
01/15/2020
Urban Forestry Fellowship | Casey Trees

Want support with your urban forestry studies, or know someone studying urban forestry? Casey Trees has a fellowship available.

https://caseytrees.org/education/urban-forestry-fellowship/

The GCA Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry The Garden Club of America: Founded in 1913, The Garden Club of America is a nonprofit organization comprised of 200 member clubs and approximately 18,000 club members throughout the United States. To promote greater understanding of the interdependence o...

Get yourself a gift for your property and the world! https://www.arlnow.com/2019/11/27/arlington-tree-canopy-fund-applic...
12/16/2019
Arlington Tree Canopy Fund Applications Due Next Month

Get yourself a gift for your property and the world! https://www.arlnow.com/2019/11/27/arlington-tree-canopy-fund-applications-due-next-month/

Applications to receive a grant from Arlington's Tree Canopy Fund are now being accepted. The community program funds grants for a county-administered contractor to plant a tree on private property. New for spring 2020, the Tree Canopy Fund will also sponsor grants for property owners who may

11/20/2019

We are taking a little bit of a break for the holidays. 2020 will bring many awesome things, including the update to our Urban Forest Master Plan! Expect great things.

Get a free tree planted on your property, or a property you manage/work with? Apply before December 20!https://www.ecoac...
11/18/2019
Tree Canopy Fund

Get a free tree planted on your property, or a property you manage/work with? Apply before December 20!

https://www.ecoactionarlington.org/community-programs/trees/

Concerned about the declining tree canopy in Arlington? We are, too! So, in 2009 the Tree Canopy Fund (TCF), was launched after Arlington County Board approval in 2007 with the goals of arresting the decline and restoring and increasing the County’s tree cover over time. Administered by EcoAction ...

Oh deer! This one looked at us at Potomac Overlook Regional Park like we're the ones out of place. Maybe we are?
11/09/2019

Oh deer! This one looked at us at Potomac Overlook Regional Park like we're the ones out of place. Maybe we are?

Some of our favorite books.City of Trees – A DC (and Arlington) focused tree ID book. Includes all the native AND non-na...
11/08/2019

Some of our favorite books.

City of Trees – A DC (and Arlington) focused tree ID book. Includes all the native AND non-native trees planted throughout the year. No book is more comprehensive than this one for this region.
Remarkable Trees of Virginia – Showcasing the massive champion trees of Virginia, including several national champions, and collections of forests, including our Fairlington Urban Forest. A beautiful read.
Seeing Trees – A closeup look on tree components, which really spurred my love of finding the first bits of growth in Spring, folding out of tree buds, and weird underrated flowers.

Safety first! Here's one of our foresters learning how to move logs with a mini excavator
11/06/2019

Safety first! Here's one of our foresters learning how to move logs with a mini excavator

I'm sorry, but who failed to let us know that the serviceberry is also known as the Chuckley Pear? What the heckin heck.
11/02/2019

I'm sorry, but who failed to let us know that the serviceberry is also known as the Chuckley Pear? What the heckin heck.

Forestry staff attended some great workshops on reusing urban wastewood, at the Mid Atlantic Chapter of the Internationa...
10/19/2019

Forestry staff attended some great workshops on reusing urban wastewood, at the Mid Atlantic Chapter of the International Society for Arboriculture. We learned a lot about what goes into doing something with all the removed trees.

Structural cells with uncompacted soil going in at the new Mosaic Park! These will help our trees thrive in the long ter...
10/17/2019

Structural cells with uncompacted soil going in at the new Mosaic Park! These will help our trees thrive in the long term, through expanded access to healthy soil.

Even though we've got some rain coming, keep your trees watered until we lose the leaves. Anything you do now will help ...
10/15/2019
Watering - Environment

Even though we've got some rain coming, keep your trees watered until we lose the leaves. Anything you do now will help them get a great start next year!

https://environment.arlingtonva.us/trees/care-for-trees/watering/

What You Can Do The best time of day to water is early morning and late evening. You can estimate that about two gallons of water flow through a typical garden hose per minute. Therefore, you should water newly planted trees for at least three minutes. Run sprinklers a bit longer. Both young and mat...

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Do you have a recommendation for planting distance of red maples? (I know - overplanted, but we are replenishing a streetscape of red mapl.) My impetus is to try to plant as close as possible without jeopardizing the tree, but a resident has said that red maple should be 25 feet apart. I can't find a lot of precise guidance. Casey says 20 feet from large and 10 feet from small.
Just watched this wonderful programme! Highly recommended!
Anyone know why 6 large trees were cut down outside Harris Teeter on N. Glebe?
Time to water!