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. 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/

As we get into the storm response season, it's good to know what we work on, with our tree maintenance side:https://envi...
05/27/2019
Forestry and extreme storm response - Environment

As we get into the storm response season, it's good to know what we work on, with our tree maintenance side:

https://environment.arlingtonva.us/2017/10/forestry-and-extreme-storm-response/

Our country got hit by some extreme weather this year, with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose hitting different parts of the country. We have luckily been spared from these storms, but have had to deal with major storms in the past. The Department of Parks and Recreation has forestry staff, includin...

This remains one of our favorite drawings to communicate the value of trees.
05/25/2019

This remains one of our favorite drawings to communicate the value of trees.

All this rain destabilized quite a few trees. Here's our tree crew working on a large oak which fell into the stream, in...
05/24/2019

All this rain destabilized quite a few trees. Here's our tree crew working on a large oak which fell into the stream, in Glencarlyn park.

It's time to start watering your young trees!
05/20/2019

It's time to start watering your young trees!

Arlington received its 15th Growth Award from the Arbor Day Foundation this year. What does this mean? It means we have ...
05/10/2019

Arlington received its 15th Growth Award from the Arbor Day Foundation this year. What does this mean? It means we have gone above and beyond the standard requirements, and provided extra programs and planting projects. Learn more about this award here:

https://www.arborday.org/programs/treeCityUSA/growthAwards.cfm

We had a great Arbor day last week at Campbell Elementary School. Planted a Serviceberry in the garden, and an American ...
05/06/2019

We had a great Arbor day last week at Campbell Elementary School. Planted a Serviceberry in the garden, and an American Linden along Carlin Springs Rd. 23 years of Tree City USA, and 15 years of getting a Growth award (going above and beyond the standard)!

Come join us for International Migratory Bird Day!Tiny hummingbirds and fierce osprey are all migrating back from South ...
05/03/2019

Come join us for International Migratory Bird Day!

Tiny hummingbirds and fierce osprey are all migrating back from South America. Come learn about these and other fabulous fliers on International Migratory Bird Day Sat., May 11, 9-11 a.m. There will be hands-on activities, games, crafts, bird walks, bird-friendly coffee and more! Free pairs of pocket binoculars for the first 25 families who arrive at the event! Meet at Lacey Woods Park Picnic Shelter. Free event. No registration required.

https://parks.arlingtonva.us/events/international-migratory-bird-day-festival/

What is a tree canopy and why should I care? - Salisbury Post
04/30/2019
What is a tree canopy and why should I care? - Salisbury Post

What is a tree canopy and why should I care? - Salisbury Post

By Mark Martin City of Salisbury ISA Arborist What is a tree canopy? Canopy refers to the coverage amount of leaves and limbs that a single tree or group of trees cover. This amount is usually expressed in percentages. For example, the North Carolina Forest Service estimated Salisbury’s tree canop...

One of our Parks planning landscape architects found and enjoyed a beautiful Redbud (Cercis canadensis) in Courthouse. T...
04/17/2019

One of our Parks planning landscape architects found and enjoyed a beautiful Redbud (Cercis canadensis) in Courthouse. This tree exhibits what's called Cauliflory, which means flowers can grow straight out of the trunk, rather than from new growth (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cauliflory )

Sometimes you get a picture that so clearly communicates why we save trees. This is one of them. A Saucer magnolia in No...
04/10/2019

Sometimes you get a picture that so clearly communicates why we save trees. This is one of them. A Saucer magnolia in Northern Arlington, preserved during construction.

You can see plenty of Cherry pictures elsewhere. Here's one of our native Serviceberries, showing off:
04/08/2019

You can see plenty of Cherry pictures elsewhere. Here's one of our native Serviceberries, showing off:

It's getting warmer, and soon it'll be warm enough to start thinking about watering your young trees. Find out how here:...
04/01/2019
Watering - Environment

It's getting warmer, and soon it'll be warm enough to start thinking about watering your young trees. Find out how here:

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. Take responsibilit...

There was a question through Tree Stewards about whether someone should cover up sycamore roots, to help the tree. Here ...
03/30/2019

There was a question through Tree Stewards about whether someone should cover up sycamore roots, to help the tree. Here were our thoughts:

Exposed roots are rarely a real issue for the tree. Particularly a species such as a sycamore, which is known to be a streamside species, benefit from leaving their roots exposed.

If the roots pose a particular tripping hazard, one could carefully fill up the areas with soil, but it may come with a negative impact to the tree.

This is an awesome tribute to leaves (not in Arlington, unfortunately):
03/27/2019

This is an awesome tribute to leaves (not in Arlington, unfortunately):

There's an amazing cemetery in our County that just achieved Arboretum status, and it's not the one you're thinking of! ...
03/25/2019

There's an amazing cemetery in our County that just achieved Arboretum status, and it's not the one you're thinking of! Congratulations to Columbia Gardens Cemetery on achieving Level 1 Arboretum accreditation! That's a real achievement. If you're not aware of this amazing place, check them out here:

http://www.columbiagardenscemetery.org/our-story/welcome/

Tree protection on development projects take up most of our forestry planning staff's time. We're looking at ways to imp...
03/16/2019
Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance (RPA) - Building Arlington

Tree protection on development projects take up most of our forestry planning staff's time. We're looking at ways to improve our guidance manual. You can find it here:

https://building.arlingtonva.us/chesapeake-bay-preservation-ordinance/

  The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance was adopted to protect our local streams and the Chesapeake Bay from pollution due to land use and development. All of Arlington County’s water drains into the Potomac River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. In an effort to protect and improve the qual...

This is an uncommon tree in our canopy. A Corneliancherry Dogwood (Cornus mas) in bloom in Pentagon City!
03/15/2019

This is an uncommon tree in our canopy. A Corneliancherry Dogwood (Cornus mas) in bloom in Pentagon City!

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