Healthy, large, mature trees destroyed by Arlington County to build parking lot at Lubber Run Park
(September 21, 2018)
“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
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 (2004).
(August 28, 2018)
ATAG at the Arlington County Fair (August 17-19)
Status of NOVA Parks plan on Upton Hill Park (September 21, 2018):
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.
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 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.”