CALENDAR

Arlington Tree Action Group calendar

Best things to do: attend meetings, speak up, and/or email! 

How is our county caring for Arlington’s trees? What will the county’s efforts to increase zoning across Arlington do to our remaining land and trees? What are the environmental consequences of increased impervious surfaces, tree and vegetation loss, stormwater runoff, increased housing costs, and added burden on infrastructure and county services, including costs of new schools? Attend Mon Jan. 6, 7:30 pm: Green Valley Civic Association, presentation on impact of development on Arlington’s Environment, Schools, and Budget, with Peter Rousselot. Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School, 3500 S. 23rd Street, Arlington, VA 22206.  

Comment on issues that affect trees and land at County Board meetings and/or email comments to County Boardcountyboard@arlingtonva.us, County Manager Mschwartz@arlingtonva.us and Vincent Verweij, urban forester Department of Parks and Recreation vverweij@arlingtonva.us.  Even as simple a comment as “respect the need for land and mature trees” helps. Also include the Arlington County School Board at school.board@apsva.us

Our tax dollars dry up in the drought!

Drought-dead street trees Pentagon City

And wash away in the floods!

Westover July 8, 2019

Westover July 8, 2019

Read news about ATAG

Arlington’s Declining Oak Tree Population Alarming Advocacy Groups https://www.arlnow.com/2019/11/20/arlingtons-declining-oak-tree-population-alarming-advocacy-groups/

W&OD trail expansion: https://www.arlnow.com/2019/11/20/arlington-county-board-approves-request-to-apply-for-wod-trail-extension-grant/  and

https://wamu.org/story/19/11/21/arlington-wod-trail-expansion-moves-ahead-despite-tree-advocates-objections/

Hear ATAG on the radio: Dec. 4, 9-9:30, WERA FM 96.7, “Hello Houses, Goodbye Trees? Tune to radio interview with Renee Fisher’s Guests Peter Rousselot and Margie Bell (Renee Fisher, Co-Host, McEnearney Associates Realtors, www.thissoldhouse.us. See Dec. 4 entry below.

Below is a selection of open meetings. For more meetings on issues such as zoning, land use, etc. see the county calendar athttps://topics.arlingtonva.us/public-meeting-calendar/ 

Open Door Monday’s with a County Board member: Every Monday is an opportunity to meet informally with a county board member to discuss any topic. See schedule here: https://countyboard.arlingtonva.us/open-door-mondays/

By Nov 30- Take Plan Lee Hwy survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZM5WZMQ 

Mon. Dec. 2, 7 pm, Planning Commission Hearing, Ellen M. Bozman Government Center (Courthouse Plaza), County Board Room (3rd floor) agenda: https://arlington.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=44&event_id=1399

Tues. Dec. 3, 7-9, Plan Lee Highway: Community Forum Meeting, Lee Highway Alliance Office. 4620 Lee Highway, Suite 208

Wed. Dec. 4, 8 am -5 pm, Casey Tree Conference at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C., “Trees Matter Presents: Green Cities Summit. Presentations at the summit will focus on the health and welfare of trees in our increasingly developed landscapes…” https://caseytreesdc.github.io/greencitiessummit/?_ga=2.128700940.1037053678.1567039215-2029252043.1549514961 

Wed. Dec. 4, 9-9:30 AM, Hello Houses, Goodbye Trees? Tune to radio interview with Renee Fisher’s Guests Peter Rousselot and Margie Bell (Renee Fisher, Co-Host, McEnearney Associates Realtors for show “This Sold House”) WERA FM 96.7. After Dec. 4 go to https://www.wera.fm/listen/demand; scroll to “This Sold House with Alyssa & Renee” to find “Hello Houses, Goodbye Trees?” 

Wed. Dec. 4, 7 pm, Planning Commission Hearing, Ellen M. Bozman Government Center (Courthouse Plaza), County Board Room (3rd floor) agenda: https://arlington.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=44&event_id=1453

Thurs. Dec. 5, 7 pm, Planning Commission Hearing, Ellen M. Bozman Government Center (Courthouse Plaza), County Board Room (3rd floor) agenda: https://arlington.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=44&event_id=1454

Fri. Dec. 6, 12:00 pm-3:30 pm, Plan Lee Hwy Open House, Russell Building, 4620 Lee Highway, Suite 208

Sat., Dec. 7, 8:30 -12:30, Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) prep for Virginia’s General Assembly: In preparation for Virginia’s 2020 General Assembly session, VCN and its Network partners are convening for a preview of what’s in store for our natural landscapes and resources. $15. Details on venues etc. at link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-general-assembly-preview-tickets-79537927081

Mon., Dec. 9, Our Revolution Arlington (ORA) monthly meeting, 7 pm, Peter Rousselot presentation on effects of zoning changes. Summers Restaurant, 1520 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201. Peter Rousselot presentation likely to be at 8 pm. https://www.facebook.com/ORArlington/

Mon., Dec. 9, 7- 9 p.m. Site Plan Review Committee, agenda, Colonial Village Townhomes – 1731 N. Veitch St. (SP #161-4) https://commissions.arlingtonva.us/planning-commission/sprc/, Ellen M. Bozman Government Center, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard

Until Dec. 10: online survey on changes to heights and density at Village at Shirlington.   https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAARLINGTON/bulletins/26db1a3

Tues. Dec. 10, 7-9, Zoning Committee (ZOCO), Ellen M. Bozman Government Center (Courthouse Plaza), Cherry/Dogwood Rooms (lobby level)

Wednesday Dec. 11, 7-9, LRPC – Shirlington Special GLUP Study. https://commissions.arlingtonva.us/planning-commission/lrpc/

Sat. Dec 14,  8:30 am. Regular County Board meeting, 8:30 am public comment. Ellen M. Bozman Government Center (Courthouse Plaza), County Board Room (3rd floor).  Meet for coffee after with ATAG members to discuss concerns and ideas. To speak at a board meeting: https://countyboard.arlingtonva.us/meetings/speaking-procedures/

Tues. Dec 17, 7 p.m. Parks and Rec. Commission meeting at Courthouse.

Thurs. Dec. 19, 7 p.m. Urban Forestry Commission meeting at Courthouse, room 311

Mon. Jan 6, 7:30 pm: Green Valley Civic Association.Development Impact on Arlington’s Environment, Schools, and Budget.Drew Elementary School, 3500 S. 23rd Street, with Peter Rousselot.

Wed, Jan 29, 7:30 PM: Bluemont Civic Association, Arlington Traditional School Library, 855 Edison Street, Arlington, VA 22205. Development Impact on Arlington’s Environment, Schools, and Budget, with Peter Rousselot.

What you can do:

Email the School Board to encourage respect for trees:  school.board@apsva.us

  • Speak at county board meetings. Attend other county meetings and speak up.
  • Join Arlington County commissions to be a voice for responsible action on green space preservation. You can sit in on the meetings to learn about them.
  • Like ATAG on Facebook. Follow on twitter and find resources on ATAG website.