Urban Forest Management in Fairfax County


Community tree plantingFairfax County strives to enhance the quality of life in our community by ensuring the vitality of the urban forest and preserving the natural environment. Compatibility between the developed and natural communities is promoted through science, education, shared knowledge and strong partnerships. Listed below is some of the work that Fairfax County does to achieve a healthy urban forest.

  • Conducts vegetation mapping and surveys
  • Develops ordinances and policy for tree preservation
  • Provides public education and outreach
    • Fairfax Springfest
    • Project Learning Tree
    • Local fairs and environmental events
    • Community tree planting events
    • School programs
  • Assigns staff support to the Tree Commission
  • Partners with non-profit environmental and tree planting groups in support of the county's 30-year tree planting goal
  • Promotes the use of natural landscaping techniques on public and private property
  • Commissioned and implements the Tree Action Plan

Tree preservation  Tree protection

  • Advocates for proffers and development conditions promoting tree conservation during land development
  • Reviews tree conservation and landscaping activities on site plans
  • Monitors construction sites
  • Conducts post-construction tree preservation and landscaping inspections

Gypsy moth caterpillar Gypsy moth spraying

  • Identifies and monitors forest insect pest infestations throughout the county
  • Controls serious infestations of gypsy moth and fall cankerworm
  • Provides information and resources to businesses and property owners dealing with the emerald ash borer

The Urban Forest Management Division is the primary county agency responsible for managing trees and forests in Fairfax County. For more information about construction impacts on trees, hazardous trees and general tree questions, contact the Forest Conservation Branch at 703-324-1770, TTY 711 or by e-mail. For more information about forest insect pests, contact the Forest Pest Branch at 703-324-5304, TTY 711 or by e-mail.


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