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Although the County is interpreting and publicizing the Assessment as showing that our urban forest has grown one percent since 2011 in the face of continuing population growth and development, this conclusion is not justified by the Assessment itself. For one thing, one percent is within the Assessment’s margin of error. For another, the 2017 and 2011 studies used different methodologies, so precise comparisons are not warranted.
The real headline is that many neighborhoods have suffered significant tree losses since the last report in 2011. See the map at page 10 of the 2017 Assessment:
This is the message that matches what we are seeing in our neighborhoods as more and more trees are taken down.
The situation is even worse when compared to the 2008 report.
See additional responses to the Tree Canopy Assessment:
Friends of Aurora Highlands Parks identify a pattern of County errors that consistently overestimated demand for recreational fields and narrowed supply, despite overwhelming resident feedback placing much higher priorities on other needs and park uses like trails and natural and open parkland.
“Please Save Me” tree destroyed (March 5, 2018)
On about March 1 a builder destroyed the beautiful magnolia tree noted below (December 15, 2017) that had worn a sign asking that it be spared. Also destroyed was another wonderful tree in the back yard. The entire home has now been bulldozed.
Arlington Tree Action Group (ATAG) pleads for builder to save beautiful trees on Williamsburg Blvd (December 15, 2017)
After we saw a poignant plea to save a possibly endangered tree —
ATAG sent a letter to the responsible party requesting the tree be saved:
December 15, 2017
20023 Belmont Station Drive
Ashburn, VA 20147-000
Dear Mr. Saxena,
On behalf of the Arlington Tree Action Group, a group of residents promoting the economic, health and other benefits of trees, we are writing to draw attention to trees we hope your company will save while developing the lot at 6255 Williamsburg Boulevard.
As you know, trees have tangible economic, health, and environmental benefits, as underscored again in recent research by Arlington County:
https://newsroom.arlingtonva.us/release/arlingtons-trees-the-benefits-by-the-numbers/ It is also calculated that a mature tree adds 10K in property value.
In particular, please work to save the magnificent magnolia in the front corner of the property, on which an anonymous citizen posted a poignant sign: “Please Save Me.” By doing just that, and saving the small tree in the back corner, your company can be seen as:
–responsive to residents;
–understanding of the myriad benefits of mature trees;
–a trendsetter in building a community that seeks a future that is sustainable.
ATAG, web site https://arlingtontreeactiongroup.org, is developing an award for builders who preserve and care for trees.
One small act can have big returns.
Thank you for your consideration; we look forward to hearing from you.
Kit Norland Bill Roos
Margie Bell Angela Dickey
Mary Glass Eric Ackerman Natasha Atkins
Arlington Tree Action Group (ATAG)
Other views of the property:
Arlington Tree Action Group (ATAG) held a very successful event to rally support for preserving and growing Arlington’s urban forest. (November 15, 2017)
See here for more information.
Arlington Tree Action Group (ATAG) spreads the tree message at
Marymount Farmers Market Saturday, September 9, 2017