Arlington Tree Canopy Remains Stable

As much as Arlington values its trees, the county is challenged by its increasing population and the development that this brings. Areas in red on the map have lost tree canopy since 2011, largely as the result of infill development.

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But there is good news:  Arlington reversed the decline in tree canopy found in 2011 (40%) but has not rebounded from its first measurement in 2008 (43%).  The county’s  overall 2017 tree canopy remains fairly stable, with an increase of 1% overall. Find the Current Urban Tree Canopy Analysis here.

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One Response to Arlington Tree Canopy Remains Stable

  1. Mary Glass says:

    The results of this study require further analysis on the methods and conclusions. The location and quality of the tree canopy in Arlington are important factors in evaluating the status of our Urban forest. Looking at “on the ground” experience will be necessary to determine the real status of the urban forest and the wide array of benefits it provides.

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