ARLINGTON, Va. – A Tree City USA designee for 18 years, Arlington is home to thousands of exceptional trees. At today's Arlington County Board meeting, Arlington honored 18 new Notable Trees, and their caretakers.
“It is an honor to be a part of a culture that values and recognizes its tree canopy,” said Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fisette. “All of the nominees and winners should take great pride in their efforts and dedication to a flourishing environment.”
Since 1987, Arlington has identified and registered 283 trees as part of the Notable Tree Program, an initiative of the Arlington Beautification Committee that recognizes residents who maintain and preserve outstanding trees.
The "Notable Tree" designation does not give Arlington County any authority over trees on private property, but the trees may be included in future civic association and neighborhood walking tours. Caregivers receive a certificate or plaque, and the trees are placed on the County's Register of Notable Trees. You can view these trees on the County website. Trees may be nominated for their size, age, species, historical interest or because they have a special significance to the neighborhood.
This year's Arbor Day ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2 p.m. at Barcroft Elementary School, 625 South Wakefield St., in Arlington. Arlington will receive its 18th consecutive "Tree City USA" award from the National Arbor Day Foundation. County Board Member J. Walter Tejada will read Arlington’s 2014 Arbor Day Proclamation, reaffirming Arlington’s commitment to preserving and enhancing its urban forest.
For more information on Arlington County tree programs, go to dpr.arlingtonva.us, search “trees.”
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world -- including the Pentagon -- Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.