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Tree Canopy Program: Free Trees for Arlingtonians

posted May 4, 2012, 10:47 AM by RockSpring CivicAssociation   [ updated May 4, 2012, 11:28 AM ]

Arlington County is planting free shade trees on residential property to increase the tree canopy.  Are you interested in free shade trees on your property?  Here's how the program works: 

Arlington County has recruited The Arlingtonians For a Clean Environment (ACE) to be the managing agency for the Tree Canopy Program. When a builder removes trees and cannot plant replacement tree[s] on that site the County requires the builder to pay into a fund to plant replacement trees on other private properties that have need of trees. This year the available funds for tree planting are less due to the downturn in construction; yet even more tree applications are expected than last year. So the selection of sites to receive trees this year is confined to near-street locations.

The trees are professionally planted on your property under ACE supervision. The variety of trees offered are mostly big growing trees that can provide a lot of shade, because the Program’s emphasis is on restoring the tree canopy in Arlington County.

The application process is fairly straight forward. If your family is interested in a tree, please send an email to John Roberts at jarroberts@aol.com . He is coordinating the program for the Rock Spring Civic Association, which is the program sponsor in our neighborhood. In your email please provide the following essential information: your name, address, and phone number plus email contact information. All applications for individual trees will be made by the Rock Spring Civic Association for you, and we will help with site selection and tree selection. Karen Kumm and Charlie Flicker are assisting with the processing steps. Thus you may be contacted by John, Karen, or Charlie once you let John know that you are interested in a tree.

The ACE Tree Grant program for 2012 – 2013 will stop accepting applications after June 8th. So time is very limited. Please contact John before May 25th to allow enough time to work through the application details.

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