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, July 18, 2019 Herrity Building, Conference Room 122
12035 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, 22035 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
In 2006, the Tree Commission led the development of the Tree Action Plan (TAP), a 20-year 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. Among these programs are a working group to improve tree conservation on public land and a community outreach program, the Celebrated Trees of Fairfax County.