Call to Action!

Stand Up for Trees in Donaldson Run

Zachary Taylor park

March with us Thursday, March 18, 4 pm

 Urge the Board to reject the needless slaughter of 80 trees

Private development continues decimating Arlington’s tree canopy, but your County government can act to preserve irreplaceable trees on public land. Our green spaces are key infrastructure assets that provide cleaner water, improved air quality, better health, increased property values, and enjoyable surroundings.

Protest now, before the County reaches a critical decision point on March 23rd for a stormwater project that fails to provide adequate stormwater mitigation for Donaldson Run. We need your help by marching with us on March 18th and sending a letter to the Board by Friday, March 19th for the recessed meeting on March 23rd at 6:30 pm.

Call on Arlington County to use the latest sustainable methods that preserve our public trees while still addressing erosion. Nationally recognized experts have documented alternative design approaches that require less bulldozing and tree removal, cost less, and offer better resilience to future storm events than the County’s plan. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation strongly supports preserving trees along waterways as natural means to control runoff and preserve water quality. Citizens in Alexandria, Fairfax and Montgomery Counties are also demonstrating for modifications to similar projects that endanger their natural areas.

Join your neighbors and ATAG as we protest on March 18th at the location shown on the map and send a letter by Friday, March 19th outlining your concerns for the Board review March 23rd. (See sample here .)  ATAG intends to raise strong objections to the project at the Board meeting, but we need your voice to amplify these concerns well before that date. Make democracy work for you in Arlington!

Please wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart.



Arlington Tree Action Group (ATAG) organized fellow eco-activists and neighbors on February 8 to peacefully protest the removal of a 50″ diameter willow oak at 2437 N. Utah St. in the Donaldson Run neighborhood near the Potomac River. Read more!

Arlington Tree Action Group (ATAG) is a network of citizens working to preserve and grow Arlington, Virginia’s urban forest to keep Arlington green and fulfill the Vision stated in the County’s Urban Forest Master Plan

ATAG works with Arlington neighborhoods to advocate for their trees.


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June 2020

Bob Cambridge Responses

Susan Cunningham Responses

Takis Karantonis Responses 

Peter Rousselot Explains the Impact of Accelerated Development on Arlington’s  Environment, Trees,  Land & more

August 30, 2019

Options to save trees on Arlington lots destined for development

(February 19, 2019)


ATAG members meet Delegate Patrick Hope to advocate for environmental priorities including tree preservation and clean water.

ATAG Meets Rep Hope in Richmond

ATAG Meets Delegate Hope in Richmond

ATAG’s Kit Norland (left) and Angela Dickey meet Delegate Patrick Hope in Richmond February 7, 2019 to discuss environmental legislative priorities.  Kit and Angela also met with Senator Janet Howell’s staff.

Healthy, large, mature trees destroyed by Arlington County to build parking lot at Lubber Run Park

(September 21, 2018)

Tree destruction at Lubber Run

See more pictures of Lubber Run Park tree destruction at News.

“Don’t it always seem to go,

“That you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.

“They paved paradise, put up a parking lot.”

Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell Listen


(August 28, 2018)

ATAG at the Arlington County Fair

(August 17-19, 2018)

ATAG at County Fair

ATAG at County Fair

ATAG at County Fair

ATAG at County Fair

Status of NOVA Parks plan on Upton Hill Park (September 21, 2018):

Dear friends:

Consultations between NOVA Parks and Arlington County resulted in NOVA Parks announcing in mid-September what it said was a revised plan that would save some trees at Upton Hill Park. NOVA Parks also said it would not create a new parking space or a new access road from Wilson Boulevard, thereby saving some trees. While the announcement appears to portend a better plan than the original one that would have destroyed more than 100 trees, it still would result in the loss of many trees and the paving of more surface at the top of Upton Hill. Details of the revised plan have not been released. We will need to continue to watch carefully to see what NOVA Parks does next.  Concerned citizens must continue to demand the details of the new plan and ask for more transparency going forward. Thanks for continuing to support the trees and natural environment of Upton Hill Park.

ATAG is a member of the Arlington County Civic Federation


Keeping Arlington green:

  • Preserve sustainable urban forest that contributes to the livability of our community.
  • Promote green infrastructure that provides economic and environmental benefits.
  • Protect the charm of our community for generations.

Arlington County Urban Forest Master Plan Vision:

“Arlington County will strive to have a sustainable urban forest that contributes to the livability of our urban community. Our trees are recognized as part of our green infrastructure that provides economic and environmental benefits. The current trend of tree canopy loss will be slowed and efforts made to reverse this trend through best practices in tree planting, preservation, and maintenance while fostering a sense of stewardship among residents.”

Arlington County Urban Forest Master Plan


Irreversible Tree Loss in South Arlington

Irreversible Tree Loss in South Arlington