Despite urbanization, tree canopy covers more than 50 percent of Fairfax County. To maintain and ensure regeneration, as well as enhancing the quality of that cover, the county Board of Supervisors relies on the 15-member Tree Commission for advice and support regarding urban forest conservation and preservation. The Commission is composed of a representative from each of the magisterial districts plus one At Large member, and a representative of the Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council, Soil and Water Conservation District, Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Fairfax County Park Authority and Fairfax County Urban Forest Management Division.
Provides community education about our Urban Forest and the benefits and care of trees through Tree Forums, Springfest and other community events.
The Tree Commission collaborates with the Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council, Fairfax County Tree Stewards, Fairfax Releaf, Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Fairfax County Park Authority and Fairfax County Urban Forest Management Division.
Next Tree Commission meeting
Thursday, January 21, 2021
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Note:The next meeting of the Fairfax County Tree Commission will be held via Zoom.
2019 Land and Tree Preservation Award Winners Honored
Fairfax County honored two churches, a stormwater management project and a variety of residential projects during the 2019 Land and Tree Preservation Awards ceremony held January 24, 2020. The winners included construction projects that have demonstrated best practices in preserving the county’s soil and water resources and protecting trees.
In recognition of ten years of participation in the Tree City USA Growth Award program, Fairfax, County, Virginia has been named a Sterling Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. On the podium in alphabetical order: Jennifer Boysko, Virginia Senate Senator representing the 33rd District; Karrie Delaney, Virginia House of Delegates Representative, representing the 67th District; Harrison Glasgow, Fairfax County Park Foundation; Marguerite "Maggie" Godbold, Fairfax County Park Authority Board Member from the Sully District; Brian Keightley, Director, Urban Forest Management Division, Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services; Kirk Kincannon, Executive Director, Fairfax County Park Authority; Catherine "Cathy" Ledec, Chair, Fairfax County Tree Commission; Roberta "Bobbie" Longworth, Executive Director, Fairfax County Park Foundation; Jim McGlone, Urban Forest Conservationist, Virginia Department of Forestry; Topper Shutt, Master of Ceremonies and Chief Meteorologist at WUSA Channel 9, Washington DC; Kathy Smith, Sully District Supervisor
Fairfax County Tree Basics Booklet
For information about the benefits of trees; how to select, plant, and maintain trees, and additional information from the Fairfax County Tree Commission, download the Fairfax County Tree Basics booklet. The booklet is available in multiple languages.
In 2019, the Tree Commission led the development of the Tree Action Plan (TAP), a strategy for conserving and managing the county’s urban forest. In coordination with the county Urban Forest Management Division and other county agencies, the Tree Commission is working to implement TAP’s goals.