Collaborative on Tree Preservation in Arlington – Civic Federation Report

The Arlington County Civic Federation’s Environmental Affairs Committee recently completed a Collaborative on Tree Preservation in Arlington. The purpose was to understand the nature of the issues (e.g., economic, legal, policy and environmental) involved in preserving and expanding the tree canopy in Arlington. It was Intended as a scoping study to inform further public action. The process was designed and implemented in a manner that encouraged listening to and considering all points of view. A summary of the findings is now available for public review here.  The highest priority “needs” included: new tools for tree preservation, erosion, and storm water management; incentives for developers; funding for tree programs, natural areas, land acquisition; better maintenance of trees and new plantings; planting more trees with an increase in the diversity of species; more County leadership, e.g. preservation, education, etc.; and addressing diminished tree canopy in South Arlington.The detailed findings to the report can be accessed here.

At the February ACCF meeting, the Environmental Affairs Committee will introduce a resolution proposing to continue their work through collaboratives, research and analysis working with other ACCF committees having a stake in the issues identified. For questions, comments please contact Mary Glass or Eric Ackerman at


ATAG joins Civic Federation for Tree Canopy Collaborative

ATAG members Mary Glass and Eric Ackerman presented the 2020-21Work Plan for the Environmental Affairs Committee to officers of the Arlington County Civic Federation (ACCF) via zoom on August 18.  A key new project will be a public collaborative to build consensus among key stakeholders on new policies to protect trees. Ackerman, an experienced facilitator, has used public collaboratives effectively with electric utilities to find consensus solutions to problems affecting the public. Policies (e.g., tax, zoning, water) that create incentives to preserve trees in Arlington will be the focus.  Next steps will be to identify key stakeholders and get their viewpoints to plan future meetings. For a description of public collaboratives click here.