Arlington County plants an average of 900 trees per year, along streets, in parks, and other county-owned property. Along streets, we only plant in planting strips four feet or wider, without major utility conflicts. We avoid planting large canopy trees underneath utility lines. We focus on planting trees native to this region, such as our native oaks and sycamores, with an eye on climate change, avoiding species which may not survive future climate impacts to the area. Culturally relevant species, such as ornamental cherries and ginkgos are also part of our palette, where appropriate, outside of natural areas. Our trees are typically watered for two years by our in-house staff, and residents interested in helping out can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The County also supports EcoAction Arlington’s private tree planting program, which uses developer funding to plant trees on residents’ properties. Typically, two times a year, a planting review through the Tree Canopy Fund occurs, and awards residents with tree plantings of native large canopy trees on their property. Once a year, the tree distribution program allows residents to pick up smaller tree species.
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