This is a crucial time to advocate for preserving and planting trees in Arlington. The County is starting to update the 2004 Urban Forest Master Plan (https://arlingtonva.s3.dualstack.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2014/04/Urban-Forest-Master-Plan.pdf) by integrating planning for trees and natural resources into one document. The earlier Plan included many goals that are still relevant for the future, but more concrete objectives for saving mature trees and aggressive planting programs are needed. ATAG and its members can be indispensable in providing their perspectives and data. You can track the planning process and speaking out at many public comment opportunities. To get on the email list, go to https://projects.arlingtonva.us/fnrp/.
The Forestry and Natural Resources Plan (FNRP), a sub-element of the Public Spaces Master Plan (PSMP), is a master plan that will serve as the guiding document for Arlington County’s management practices related to trees, plants, wildlife and more.