Arlington Forestry

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.
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View terms of use: https://www.arlingtonva.us/terms-conditions/#policy 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/

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Please see this opportunity for opportunity to comment on these park design options.
01/06/2021
Share Your Feedback on Three Draft Design Concepts for the New Park at South Eads Street and Army Navy Drive | Engage Arlington

Please see this opportunity for opportunity to comment on these park design options.

New Park at South Eads Street and Army Navy Drive, formerly known as the "Teardrop Parcels", is an exciting new opportunity for more public space in Arlington. As it's former name suggests, this uniquely shaped land is made up of two parcels on the corner of two major streets in Crystal City. It's l...

We only have a handful of Hemlocks, but they're a species with saving, and this is exciting news: https://www.bayjournal...
01/04/2021
Hope for hemlocks: New tactics found to fight deadly pest

We only have a handful of Hemlocks, but they're a species with saving, and this is exciting news: https://www.bayjournal.com/news/wildlife_habitat/hope-for-hemlocks-new-tactics-found-to-fight-deadly-pest/article_85db676c-28d8-11eb-9645-67caf7bc897d.html

Several new scientific discoveries give hope that eastern hemlocks will not go the way of chestnut, elm and ash trees and largely disappear from forests in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Our colleagues at the Virginia Department of Forestry created a very comprehensive guide on threats to forest health. It...
12/22/2020

Our colleagues at the Virginia Department of Forestry created a very comprehensive guide on threats to forest health. It ranges from diseases to abiotic factors, like poor nursery management and planting practices, and is a veritable tome of useful information. Check it out here:

https://dof.virginia.gov/infopubs/Tree-and-Forest-Health-Guide_2020.pdf

The forestry unit is part of the Parks and Natural Resources division of Parks and Recreation. We have been working to k...
12/21/2020

The forestry unit is part of the Parks and Natural Resources division of Parks and Recreation. We have been working to keep the County's trees maintained throughout the pandemic, as part of our essential work, as well as continued to work safely on permit review and tree planting. We work closely with many of the staff of our division, and are grateful for the support we have gotten this difficult year, from staff and residents!

We sometimes get asked how we feel about yarn-bombing. It's fairly innocent, as long as you use a loose knit, and make s...
12/18/2020

We sometimes get asked how we feel about yarn-bombing. It's fairly innocent, as long as you use a loose knit, and make sure moisture can evaporate. Often the yarn doesn't last long enough for the tree to get damaged in any significant way, but do consider removing it after a year, if it stays on. We found these fun ones on Washington Blvd recently, and they have a loose connection on one side, allowing the tree to expand and breathe.

Do you remember the Mazda dealership, on Glebe Rd and Wilson Blvd? Well, it's a mixed-use building now, and they have tr...
12/16/2020

Do you remember the Mazda dealership, on Glebe Rd and Wilson Blvd? Well, it's a mixed-use building now, and they have trees on their roofs! We had to do a real "tree canopy" inspection for these trees

Help the Virginia Department of Forestry to understand how many trees are planted with this tool!
12/03/2020
My Tree Counts

Help the Virginia Department of Forestry to understand how many trees are planted with this tool!

Have a great weekend! Here's a gorgeous Ginkgo, preserved on a Crystal City project
11/13/2020

Have a great weekend! Here's a gorgeous Ginkgo, preserved on a Crystal City project

We are very excited to launch our website for the Forestry and Natural Resources Plan Update! Check it out here, and sta...
11/10/2020

We are very excited to launch our website for the Forestry and Natural Resources Plan Update! Check it out here, and stay tuned for more information on how to collaborate on this plan:

https://projects.arlingtonva.us/fnrp/

We got a tour of the solid waste Earth Products yard, and they are gearing up for leaf season. The pile in the back is w...
11/09/2020

We got a tour of the solid waste Earth Products yard, and they are gearing up for leaf season. The pile in the back is what they already have for leaf mulch, and the big pile of wood in the front will be converted into wood chips and mulch. We are looking to do some soil remediation projects with this, to help recycle this material.

The Harris teeter project along Glebe Rd is installing their tree protection and root matting. This should help protect ...
11/04/2020

The Harris teeter project along Glebe Rd is installing their tree protection and root matting. This should help protect the two large willow oaks on this project.

Deer damage to newly-planted trees can be fatal. This tree appears to be surviving, but this damage can cause infections...
11/02/2020

Deer damage to newly-planted trees can be fatal. This tree appears to be surviving, but this damage can cause infections that the tree has to live with for the rest of its life.

This is not how tree protection works, but it was really funny to find!
10/30/2020

This is not how tree protection works, but it was really funny to find!

Some brand new American Elms getting planted in Crystal City!
10/28/2020

Some brand new American Elms getting planted in Crystal City!

A new public park along Columbia Pike, this plaza is brand new, for anyone to hang out, with new trees, adding to the tr...
10/26/2020

A new public park along Columbia Pike, this plaza is brand new, for anyone to hang out, with new trees, adding to the tree canopy of the neighborhood.

Did you know some of the mushrooms you buy in the store are tree killers? This is Maitake, or hen-of-the-woods, on one o...
10/21/2020

Did you know some of the mushrooms you buy in the store are tree killers? This is Maitake, or hen-of-the-woods, on one of our oak trees.

Our maintenance trucks were getting old, and we finally got some replacements! Excited to start working with these.
10/19/2020

Our maintenance trucks were getting old, and we finally got some replacements! Excited to start working with these.

Some of our trees have the wackiest history. The White mulberry was brought in on a failed experiment to start a silk in...
10/02/2020
An Illustrated Account of the 1830's Mulberry Craze - Modern Farmer

Some of our trees have the wackiest history. The White mulberry was brought in on a failed experiment to start a silk industry in the US, as part of the Mulberry Craze. Check out this great history here:

https://modernfarmer.com/2014/02/illustrated-account-1830s-mulberry-craze/

In the 1830s, lured by the promise of becoming rich from the domestic silk worm trade, Connecticut went through a mulberry tree boom, bubble and eventual bust.

You want to dig into some really nerdy stuff on the value of trees? This is the kind of research that often supports the...
09/25/2020
Making Urban Trees Count

You want to dig into some really nerdy stuff on the value of trees? This is the kind of research that often supports the backbone of tree legislation:

https://www.cwp.org/making-urban-trees-count/

The use of trees as a stormwater best management practice (BMP) has been limited by the uncertainty of how to “credit” trees for runoff and pollutant reduction to meet water quality requirements. In 2014, the Center for Watershed Protection (the Center) began a study to address this gap by devel...

Trees are not spread equally in our communities. Arlington is not exempt from that. Learn more about the challenges low ...
09/23/2020
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Trees as a civil right: 'All we have is cement and pavement'

Trees are not spread equally in our communities. Arlington is not exempt from that. Learn more about the challenges low income
and historically disadvantaged communities face with getting trees planted and maintained:

https://www.eenews.net/stories/1063713865

When Carmen Storms, 69, looks down at the trees of Melnea Cass Boulevard from her eighth-floor apartment, she thinks of her father, Alvin — twice driven from his home during Boston's urban renewal boom of the 1950s and '60s, when the city used eminent domain to raze the homes and businesses of Bla...

Sign up to get a free tree, with a bonus redbud seedling this year! https://environment.arlingtonva.us/register-for-your...
09/09/2020
Register for a Free Native Tree

Sign up to get a free tree, with a bonus redbud seedling this year! https://environment.arlingtonva.us/register-for-your-free-tree/

Register for a Free Native Tree The Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation is providing 500 young native trees to Arlington residents at no cost this fall. The trees you plant are part of our mission to expand and enhance Arlington’s urban tree canopy. The available trees are generall...

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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.
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