About ATAG

Arlington Tree Action Group (ATAG) is a movement of citizens working to preserve and grow Arlington, Virginia’s urban forest. Our mission is to keep Arlington green and fulfill the Vision stated in the County’s Urban Forest Master Plan (2004).

Keeping Arlington green requires that we:

  • 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 (2004):

“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.”

We have 120 members as of March 20, 2018.

Six members comprise the ATAG Coordinating Board. Operating by consensus, this board is responsible for the overall direction of ATAG and designates individuals to perform various functions as needed (e.g., operating the website, sending out communications to members and others, meeting with other groups and individuals who support or might support Arlington’s urban forest, advocating to County staff and political officials), and selects a president to represent ATAG and to carry out policies determined by the board.

Our president is Margie Bell.

We are in the process of applying for membership in the Arlington County Civic Federation.  If successful, the ATAG Coordinating Board will appoint our delegates to the Civic Federation.