Remarkable Trees Tour on Oct. 21 and 22


 Oct. 14, 2008

News Highlights 

  • Five remarkable trees across Fairfax County are part of a free self-guided public tour on Oct. 21 and 22.
  • Some of the trees are showcased in “Remarkable Trees of Virginia,” which features 120 great trees from across the state.
  • Trees benefit the environment and enrich lives. Just one mature tree can absorb the greenhouse gases from a car driven 11,500 miles per year.

More Information 

On Oct. 21 and 22, see fall foliage and the best “treescape” in Fairfax County as part of a free self-guided tour. Five remarkable trees across the county will be showcased, as part of an event sponsored by the Fairfax County Tree Commission.

Members of the Fairfax County Tree Commission and author Jeff Kirwan, Ph.D., Virginia Tech, will provide information on the trees at each stop. There will be apublic talk at Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m. Participants must provide their own transportation to each of the remarkable tree locations. Some of the trees are featured in a new book, “Remarkable Trees of Virginia,” which focuses on 120 great trees across the state. The trees to be visited are noteworthy for their size, variety or cultural or historic significance, and several are listed in the state’s Big Tree Register.

The trees, times and locations for the presentations are:

Tuesday, Oct. 21

  • 9 a.m., northern red oak, Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville.After entering the park go straight for 1 mile to shelter #7, the tree is next to the road directly across from the shelter.
  • 11:30 a.m., chestnut oak, Little Rocky Run Homeowners Association,  at the intersection of Sunset Ridge Road and Old Centreville Road, Centreville.
  • 3 p.m., swamp chestnut oaks, Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria.

Wednesday, Oct. 22

  • 1 p.m., white oak, Oakton Community Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton.

The two swamp chestnut oaks at Huntley Meadows are champions. Estimated to be 200 years old, these trees are the largest of their size in the county, and were likely planted when George Mason IV owned the property.

Every tree is remarkable because even one can curb greenhouse gases and cut energy costs. For example, one mature tree with a 26-foot canopy can absorb the emissions of a vehicle driven 11,500 miles every year. Shade from trees can reduce a home’s cooling costs by 10-50 percent in the summer.

Because of actions taken by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, there should continue to be many remarkable trees in the county. Last year the board adopted a goal to cover 45 percent of the county with tree cover by 2037. This tree canopy goal is one of the most ambitious for any local government in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area.

To reach the goal, the county and the public will need to plant an additional 20,400 acres of new canopy — as well as maintain existing trees. New trees will be needed because the county expects to lose 4 percent of its canopy during the next 30 years. This projected canopy loss is equivalent to seven parks the size of Huntley Meadows, one of the county’s largest. The county plans to plant up to 400 trees per year at its facilities for the next 30 years to help reach the canopy goal and reduce pollution.

To protect existing trees, the board also adopted a preservation ordinance in fall 2007. Four types of trees — individual specimen, heritage, memorial or street trees — can be protected from being cut down.

For more information on the remarkable trees tour or reasonable ADA accommodations, contact the Fairfax County Urban Forestry Division at 703-324-1770, TTY 711.

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Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
703-324-3187, TTY 711, Fax 703-324-2010
Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)
publicaffairs@fairfaxcounty.gov

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