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Free Canopy Trees

posted May 11, 2011, 8:17 AM by RockSpring CivicAssociation

RSCA has submitted a letter of intent to Arlington County's Tree Canopy Fund (coordinated by ACE.)  This program, via the County’s Grant Review Panel (GRP), pays a landscape contractor to plant sizable trees (up to 2" caliper) on residents' private property in order to increase Arlington’s tree canopy.  Since many RSCA residents lost trees during recent winter storms, you may be interested in the program.  RSCA's final grant application is not due until July 8, so there is still a little time for those who did not previously request these canopy trees to do so.  Please visit the ACE website to read about the Tree Grant program before submitting a request through RSCA.  

Here’s how it works:

  • You email John Roberts,, RSCA Executive Board member, expressing your interest in having the County’s contractor plant trees on your property.  Please include your name, address, and the number of canopy trees you are requesting. Since there are several subsequent steps to complete, please submit your request before mid-June, 2011.
  • RSCA then consults with each home owner regarding the type, proposed placement and other details concerning the requested trees.
  • July 8, 2011: RSCA’s final application is due with detailed information on species, planting locations and number of trees.
  • July-August: GRP evaluates all grant applications and, if necessary, contacts individuals to discuss feasibility.   
  • September 2011: GRP selects winning projects.  
  • Trees are planted in the fall, installation is coordinated with residents.

RSCA encourages residents to take advantage of this opportunity.  While we cannot guarantee that RSCA will actually be awarded a grant, the program appears to be well-funded.