Share alerts re neighborhood tree issues here

Share your neighborhood tree issues here: quests and successes.

Be sure to share any requests/concerns for tree action with the county by emailing the county board, county manager, school board, and Arlington County forester:

Contact the Arlington County School Board  – 

in writing, by phone, by meetings, or at official School Board meetings.

The School Board is responsible for school properties, including the trees on those properties.

Contact Arlington Tree Action Group – 

An email to Director, Arlington Department of Environmental Services:

Urgent: Salt Dome site alternative that saves CIP $  (August 9, 2018)

Letter: Planting new trees in place of razed ones is not a solution (August 23, 2018)

Letter: Plans for renovating Upton Hill leave room for improvement (August 1, 2018)

County Board Should Reject the Proposed Temporary Salt Dome Structure – Old Dominion and 26th St. (July 16, 2018)

Flooding in Arlington – Maybe we need more trees and fewer impervious surfaces.

The loss of Arlington’s mature tree canopy isn’t inevitable, it’s a choice. (May 29, 2018)

Comments of Mary Glass at Arlington County Urban Forestry Commission Meeting (May 24, 2018)

Presentation to Urban Forestry Commission on Lyon Park tree destruction (May 24, 2018) (PowerPoint)

TREES: Cost-Benefit and Arlington’s Future (May 22, 2018)

There is a private lot on 2nd rd and North Edgewood that is in process of being completely demolished (May 10, 2018)

Letter to  More than lip service needed on Arlington tree canopy (May 2, 2018)

Lyon Park Tree Canopy Shrinks, New Report Says (March 2018) (See page 10 of Lyon Park Citizen newsletter.)



Concerns with Upton Hill Regional Park development  (December 2017)

Arlingtonians express concerns about the loss of our trees (November 15, 2017)

Correspondence between Arlington resident and County Housing Planner on accessory dwellings (November 1, 2017)

Washington Post- Letters to the Editor – Accessory dwellings in Arlington would be bad news (October 31, 2017)

I am against any changes that would allow bigger building foot prints on permeable land (October 24, 2017)

Decline of insects and consequences (October 19, 2017)

Upcoming county Board decision on accessory dwellings could have major impact on our tree canopy (October 18, 2017)

Exterior accessory dwellings create strong incentives to increase impervious surfaces and destroy trees (October 18, 2017)

Hall’s Hill house left to rubble and ruin (October 2017)

If you are selling your home, please consider selling it on the open market instead of directly to a developer.  (September 27, 2017)

Identifying serious problems with the process and the results of the Lubber Run Park project  (September 14, 2017)

Neighborhood Analysis of Williamsburg Middle School Lights  (September 2017)

Lubber Run Update  (September 9, 2017)

Comments on Arlington’s Draft Public Spaces Master Plan (POPS)  (August 31, 2017)

County should start over on Public Spaces Master Plan  (August 31, 2017).

Arlington needs to to reverse its long-standing trend of favoring development and degrading its environment   (August 11, 2017)

ATAG comments on Public Spaces Master Plan Draft (August 8, 2017)

Comments at July 26, 2017 community meeting hosted by ATAG

Arlington residents place high priority for Parks and Recreation system on (1) preserving existing trees and natural areas and (2) acquiring open space for parks to develop passive facilities  (May 2016)

These preferences are consistent throughout the County’s geographic areas and age/gender groups.

2 thoughts on “Share alerts re neighborhood tree issues here

  1. This is equally relevant to the same reckless destruction in Arlington County:

    Alexandria’s Climate Change Greenwash

    Last spring, the City of Alexandria pledged to uphold the goals of the Paris Accord on Climate Change. The challenge in making this pledge a meaningful contribution is that Mayor Allison Silberberg, who is running for reelection, is the only city leader who understands that it is the millions of local actions that will make or break global efforts to curtail climate change.

    Here, we have local Democrats voting symbolically on broad-brush policy issues while destroying the local natural environment through unchecked development. Here, one of the wealthiest jurisdictions in the world is behaving like a struggling Third World country by ignoring its own commitments. A recent 6-1 council decision approving the destruction of a 3-acre forested ravine – one of the last such parcels of its size in the city – is only the latest example of the doubletalk from city leaders (Mayor Silberberg was the lone dissenter).

    Three acres of old forest may not seem like much, but it is part of the “death by 1,000 cuts” that has produced the increasingly intractable quandary humanity now finds itself in regarding the growing frequency and destructiveness of extreme weather events and other environmental changes experienced around the globe. Preserving old forests is scientifically recognized as one of the most effective ways to reduce emissions, improve water quality, and boost myriad other environmental indicators, but such facts are lost on the self-styled “Eco City” leaders of Alexandria.

    Alexandria should be particularly concerned with sea level rise. As a recent article on melting glaciers noted (“Alarming 10% of Antarctica’s coastal glaciers are in retreat, scientists say”, April 3, 2018 Washington Post), Antarctica’s glaciers contain enough water to potentially raise the oceans by 200 feet, a rise that would drown all of Old Town and Del Ray, the hilltop the iconic George Washington Masonic National Memorial sits on, and bring the coast right to the edge of the very property – near the highest ground in the city – that decision makers in Alexandria allowed to be destroyed.

    Cynthia Evans, Alexandria

  2. I can stand in my front yard on N Woodstock and see yards where at least 30 trees have been taken down in the last 15 months. In their place are four huge new houses. A portion of my backyard is a constant sea of mud due to runoff from the construction and lack of plants next door. I now have to close my curtains on the front of my house every morning to compensate for the lack of shade. I MISS THE TREES!

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