Advisory Groups, Authorities, & Commissions

The Arlington Urban Forestry Commission


The commission was established to bring together the expertise of existing special interest groups and other citizens and organizations with an interest in issues affecting Arlington's existing and future urban forest. The County Board established the Urban Forestry Commission to advise on the following:

  • The development, for consideration, of an urban forestry program which takes into account the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee Urban Forestry Report;
  • The administration of such a program, if adopted;
  • Policies and legislation relating to trees; and
  • The development and/or coordination of other tree-related programs, such as Tree City USA, Arbor Day, the Notable Tree Committee, and an urban fund.

The Urban Forestry Commission meetings are held on a monthly basis and all are open to the public.

The Urban Forest Master Plan (PDF icon PDF) consists of a street tree inventory and an analysis of the entire forest canopy.

Commission Members

Dean Amel, Chair
Scott Brinitzer
Steve Campbell
Caroline Haynes
Ed Hilz
Karen Kumm Morris
Paul Campanella
James Meikle (Schools liaison)
Mikaila Milton
Janet Nuzum
Nora Palmatier
Elizabeth Rives


Urban Forestry Commission
Jamie Bartalon
Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources
2700 S. Taylor Street
Arlington, VA 22206
Phone: 703-228-7747


• Beautification Committee
Champion Trees (282 KB PDF format)
• Commemorative Tree Program
• Notable Tree Program
• Public Tree Planting Program
• Things You Should Know About Watering Trees
• Trees & Shrubs Ordinance
• Urban Forest Master Plan (2.8 MB PDF format)


The Department of Parks and Recreation works closely with several County Board-appointed commissions on planning, policy development, and other areas related to the programs and services offered by the department.


Are you interested in serving on a County Board Advisory Group? If so, apply here!

Last Modified: January 22, 2014
2100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201 Tel: 703-228-3000 TTY: 703-228-4611