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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 ex

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 ex

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Crape myrtles are starting to see infections of Crape Myrtle Bark Scale. While this is not usually fatal for the trees, ...
09/21/2021

Crape myrtles are starting to see infections of Crape Myrtle Bark Scale. While this is not usually fatal for the trees, it can be a nuisance. This pest is likely present in most of Arlington. You can learn about how to manage this pest here:

https://stopcmbs.com/crapemyrtle-bark-scale/management/

Crape myrtles are starting to see infections of Crape Myrtle Bark Scale. While this is not usually fatal for the trees, it can be a nuisance. This pest is likely present in most of Arlington. You can learn about how to manage this pest here:

https://stopcmbs.com/crapemyrtle-bark-scale/management/

For those wondering how well the trees from our Tree Canopy Fund survive, the Tree Stewards did an amazing survey of tre...
09/17/2021
Arlington’s Tree Canopy Fund Survey

For those wondering how well the trees from our Tree Canopy Fund survive, the Tree Stewards did an amazing survey of trees from that program a couple of years ago, showing over 80% still standing, and almost all of them in good condition. Learn more here:

https://treestewards.org/2018/01/09/arlingtons-tree-canopy-fund-survey/

In 2008, the Arlington County Board created the Tree Canopy Fund (TCF) to ensure funds contributed by developers who cannot meet tree planting requirements on their sites will be used to plant tree…

Request for Proposals!EcoAction Arlington is looking to start giving grants for maintenance of private trees, to potenti...
09/09/2021
Tree Canopy Fund Maintenance Project | EcoAction Arlington

Request for Proposals!

EcoAction Arlington is looking to start giving grants for maintenance of private trees, to potentially increase their lifespan, particularly for folks that may not have the means to continue maintaining these trees. As part of this, a contracting arborist will give recommendations for treatment of a tree, which will be acted upon by a private tree care company.

In connection to the Arlington County Tree Canopy Fund, EcoAction Arlington is announcing a competitive request for proposals (RFP) process to secure the services of an ISA-certified arborist. With authorization from the Arlington County Board, the Arlington County Tree Canopy Fund program will be expanding to provide services to property owners who need assistance in caring for their mature trees. We will be conducting a pilot service during the fiscal year 2022 for a minimum of 10 property owners and a maximum of 20 property owners.

Please see the RFP in the link below which contains background information and the requirements for submitting a proposal. The deadline for submission of proposals is 5:00 pm on Monday, September 27, 2021. Please email proposals to [email protected].

Note that EcoAction Arlington is issuing two RFPs, one for an arborist and one for a tree service company. The arborist and tree service company are to be independent of each other with no financial connection, and a tree service business may only apply to one RFP. More information on this project is available on our website.

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

In connection to the Arlington County Tree Canopy Fund, EcoAction Arlington is announcing a competitive request for proposals (RFP) process to secure the services of an ISA-certified arborist and a tree care company. With authorization from the Arlington County Board, the Arlington County Tree Canop...

Soil volume is critical for tree health and growth. It is very easily illustrated by this picture, with the left tree si...
08/24/2021

Soil volume is critical for tree health and growth. It is very easily illustrated by this picture, with the left tree significantly healthier, and larger than its neighbor, which is living in a more restricted space.

Soil volume is critical for tree health and growth. It is very easily illustrated by this picture, with the left tree significantly healthier, and larger than its neighbor, which is living in a more restricted space.

Heatwaves and unpredictable weather, along with more people staying home and visiting our parks shed more light on the n...
08/19/2021

Heatwaves and unpredictable weather, along with more people staying home and visiting our parks shed more light on the need for shade and cooling in our communities. Check out this list of articles on trees, shade, and the distribution of heat: https://www.deeproot.com/blog/blog-entries/the-summer-of-tree-reckoning-in-the-media

Heatwaves and unpredictable weather, along with more people staying home and visiting our parks shed more light on the need for shade and cooling in our communities. Check out this list of articles on trees, shade, and the distribution of heat: https://www.deeproot.com/blog/blog-entries/the-summer-of-tree-reckoning-in-the-media

We are working with the Forestry and Natural Resources Plan to understand how we can mitigate urban heat island, especia...
08/17/2021

We are working with the Forestry and Natural Resources Plan to understand how we can mitigate urban heat island, especially in areas with low tree canopy. This has always been our goal, and we are now focusing on not only low tree canopy areas, but also areas with equity disparities. You can find those neighborhoods on American Forest's new Tree Equity map: https://treeequityscore.org/

We are working with the Forestry and Natural Resources Plan to understand how we can mitigate urban heat island, especially in areas with low tree canopy. This has always been our goal, and we are now focusing on not only low tree canopy areas, but also areas with equity disparities. You can find those neighborhoods on American Forest's new Tree Equity map: https://treeequityscore.org/

We are working hard on the first draft of the Forestry and Natural Resources Plan which will be released this Fall. Wint...
08/11/2021

We are working hard on the first draft of the Forestry and Natural Resources Plan which will be released this Fall. Winter Outreach is critical to our draft. This is a graph showing the breakdown of focus areas people were interested in from our first engagement.

We are working hard on the first draft of the Forestry and Natural Resources Plan which will be released this Fall. Winter Outreach is critical to our draft. This is a graph showing the breakdown of focus areas people were interested in from our first engagement.

Urban forests are critical to our health! Protecting our tree canopy and planting new trees help keep us, our family, an...
08/05/2021

Urban forests are critical to our health! Protecting our tree canopy and planting new trees help keep us, our family, and our friends healthy.

Urban forests are critical to our health! Protecting our tree canopy and planting new trees help keep us, our family, and our friends healthy.

With all the development going on in National Landing, we still make sure to focus on protecting the trees that remain. ...
08/03/2021

With all the development going on in National Landing, we still make sure to focus on protecting the trees that remain. You may see tree protection like this near new developments. Never hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] if you see issues with the fencing.

With all the development going on in National Landing, we still make sure to focus on protecting the trees that remain. You may see tree protection like this near new developments. Never hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] if you see issues with the fencing.

See something that looks like it may be damaging our trees? Report it on the Early Detection maps at https://www.eddmaps...
07/27/2021

See something that looks like it may be damaging our trees? Report it on the Early Detection maps at https://www.eddmaps.org/! This crape myrtle bark scale was reported in Arlington County, and forestry staff is now looking at potential impact if it spreads. Photo by Patrick Frain

See something that looks like it may be damaging our trees? Report it on the Early Detection maps at https://www.eddmaps.org/! This crape myrtle bark scale was reported in Arlington County, and forestry staff is now looking at potential impact if it spreads. Photo by Patrick Frain

We just received our 25 year Tree City USA stickers! So excited we had to take a picture of the stickers before putting ...
07/22/2021

We just received our 25 year Tree City USA stickers! So excited we had to take a picture of the stickers before putting them up. We also received our 16-year Growth award stickers, so our progress can get its learner's permit now!

We just received our 25 year Tree City USA stickers! So excited we had to take a picture of the stickers before putting them up. We also received our 16-year Growth award stickers, so our progress can get its learner's permit now!

This is a project near Courthouse that not only protected many trees on top of a low parking garage but also planted new...
07/17/2021

This is a project near Courthouse that not only protected many trees on top of a low parking garage but also planted new ones, as well. Rooftop gardens of this quality are rare, but a sight to behold!

Come join us at the Urban Tree Summit this Fall! Virtual events and in-person field events will be available, including ...
07/14/2021

Come join us at the Urban Tree Summit this Fall! Virtual events and in-person field events will be available, including two sessions in Arlington County! Learn more and sign up here: https://www.montgomeryparks.org/events/urban-tree-summit-conference/

Come join us at the Urban Tree Summit this Fall! Virtual events and in-person field events will be available, including two sessions in Arlington County! Learn more and sign up here: https://www.montgomeryparks.org/events/urban-tree-summit-conference/

A reforestation project we did in 2019 is flourishing! It's turning into quite the forest. This was planted using the Mi...
07/01/2021

A reforestation project we did in 2019 is flourishing! It's turning into quite the forest. This was planted using the Miyawaki technique, which plants trees very close to each other, to help fight invasive weeds, and support each other's growth.

On May 25, National Landing BID, Amazon, the National Cherry Blossom Festival and Senator Ebbin all helped plant cherry ...
06/29/2021

On May 25, National Landing BID, Amazon, the National Cherry Blossom Festival and Senator Ebbin all helped plant cherry trees in Pentagon City!

We will be co-hosting the urban tree summit this year, with Casey Trees! A field day in Arlington is being organized for...
06/27/2021

We will be co-hosting the urban tree summit this year, with Casey Trees! A field day in Arlington is being organized for September 16, along with several other dates. Come join us, check out the link here: https://caseytrees.org/urban-tree-summit-2021/

We will be co-hosting the urban tree summit this year, with Casey Trees! A field day in Arlington is being organized for September 16, along with several other dates. Come join us, check out the link here: https://caseytrees.org/urban-tree-summit-2021/

The Cicadas are on their last leg, but we're still seeing stragglers around. If you have netted your trees, you can prob...
06/24/2021

The Cicadas are on their last leg, but we're still seeing stragglers around. If you have netted your trees, you can probably start removing them near the end of the month.

The Cicadas are on their last leg, but we're still seeing stragglers around. If you have netted your trees, you can probably start removing them near the end of the month.

Arlington Forestry now has an Instagram!https://www.instagram.com/arlingtonforestry/We will be posting interesting pictu...
06/21/2021

Arlington Forestry now has an Instagram!
https://www.instagram.com/arlingtonforestry/
We will be posting interesting pictures from the Urban Forest, and sharing information on the Forestry and Natural Resources Plan here. For questions, the best way to reach out is at [email protected]

Arlington Forestry now has an Instagram!
https://www.instagram.com/arlingtonforestry/
We will be posting interesting pictures from the Urban Forest, and sharing information on the Forestry and Natural Resources Plan here. For questions, the best way to reach out is at [email protected]

The Forestry and Natural Resources Commission has been meeting throughout the pandemic (though virtually). Come join the...
05/19/2021
Forestry and Natural Resources Commission (FNRC) - Advisory Groups & Commissions

The Forestry and Natural Resources Commission has been meeting throughout the pandemic (though virtually). Come join them on a future meeting. Agendas and dates can be found here:

https://commissions.arlingtonva.us/forestry-natural-resources-commission/

The Forestry and Natural Resources Commission (FNRC), formerly known as the Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) provides the County Board with advice and recommendations to improve the health and sustainability of Arlington’s urban forest, including: Programs and policies for the planting and maintena...

05/17/2021
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid was found again in Arlington. This pest makes a home in our native Hemlocks, and can sometimes ca...
05/14/2021

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid was found again in Arlington. This pest makes a home in our native Hemlocks, and can sometimes cause significant decline or death in the trees. We're keeping an eye on them to see what level of infestation we're experiencing.

Learn more about this insect here:

https://extension.umd.edu/resource/hemlock-woolly-adelgid-trees

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid was found again in Arlington. This pest makes a home in our native Hemlocks, and can sometimes cause significant decline or death in the trees. We're keeping an eye on them to see what level of infestation we're experiencing.

Learn more about this insect here:

https://extension.umd.edu/resource/hemlock-woolly-adelgid-trees

They're usually too high up to see, but tuliptree flowers sometimes present themselves at eye level. They never disappoi...
05/12/2021

They're usually too high up to see, but tuliptree flowers sometimes present themselves at eye level. They never disappoint, which is probably why its our profile picture, too!

They're usually too high up to see, but tuliptree flowers sometimes present themselves at eye level. They never disappoint, which is probably why its our profile picture, too!

I never get tired of baby oak leaves!
05/10/2021

I never get tired of baby oak leaves!

I never get tired of baby oak leaves!

Our crews trained division staff on safe chainsaw handling, and aerial lifts. Many people feel like they're ready for th...
04/19/2021

Our crews trained division staff on safe chainsaw handling, and aerial lifts. Many people feel like they're ready for this height, until they're actually in it! It truly challenges your fear of heights at over 90 ft tall!

Our crews trained division staff on safe chainsaw handling, and aerial lifts. Many people feel like they're ready for this height, until they're actually in it! It truly challenges your fear of heights at over 90 ft tall!

Have you ever wondered how you can help advocate for trees on private development? Special exception projects, known as ...
04/16/2021

Have you ever wondered how you can help advocate for trees on private development? Special exception projects, known as Site Plans, are great opportunities for input from the public. You can see the current projects here:

https://projects.arlingtonva.us/private-development/

Have you ever wondered how you can help advocate for trees on private development? Special exception projects, known as Site Plans, are great opportunities for input from the public. You can see the current projects here:

https://projects.arlingtonva.us/private-development/

Another early-flowering native tree is the serviceberry, or "Shadbush". Shadbush was named for the flowers blooming when...
04/12/2021

Another early-flowering native tree is the serviceberry, or "Shadbush". Shadbush was named for the flowers blooming when the American Shad started running in our rivers.

Another early-flowering native tree is the serviceberry, or "Shadbush". Shadbush was named for the flowers blooming when the American Shad started running in our rivers.

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This large white oak at Arlington's Lubber Run is 100% dead. Last Fall, oak trees in our region began to decline and die, apparently quite suddenly. Several factors are likely contributing, but recent extreme storms combined with the extended drought were key. Read more about oak decline and steps we can take to protect the health of our trees: https://environment.arlingtonva.us/oak-decline/ and https://mgnv.org/2020/01/08/climate-change-weather-extremes-and-oak-decline/ Photo from Arlington Urban Forestry. Thanks to Arlington Forestry for the share!
"The Lorax speaks for the trees." For Arbor Day - April 24 - here is Wes Tank rapping Dr. Seuss over Dr. Dre beats. Thanks to Arlington Forestry for the share! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgMsmyenj6k&fbclid=IwAR3Nx0vaOKZIMBzaVDdylRjE9zt1eDmLLHi4WfOkITqfmGQzoRLBOo_kLck
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.
Time to water!