8/9/20 Urban Forestry Commission Legislative Priorities to Board

In a letter to the Arlington County Board, UFC chair Phil Klingelhofer recommended three key areas needing attention in the County’s Legislative Package to be presented in Richmond for 2021. The first, incentivize tree preservation and planting, supports giving credits for Chesapeake Bay Preservation to meet County requirements. The second, Strengthen Tree Replacement Ordinances , would start to allow the County to add stiffer requirements on private developers to preserve and replace trees. The third, Recognize the importance of tree canopy to Virginia’s economy and public health , supports legislation that recognizes and highlights the importance of the tree canopy, e.g. require jurisdictions to include the net carbon sequestration and storage from forests in their energy plans.