Ways to provide your feedback before October 3:
- Share your thoughts in the Online Feedback Form – this is a short survey that allows you to indicate your priorities for the plan and provide general comments.
- Provide comments directly in the draft – this allows you to make comments on specific components of the draft plan, which is is almost 100 pages long
- Email your comments directly to the Department of Parks and Recreation staff at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arlington County is currently soliciting feedback on its draft Forestry and Natural Resources Plan (FNRP), which will guide County efforts to protect and enhance its tree canopy and natural resources for at least the next decade. County staff has produced a comprehensive plan that addresses the importance of equity in public spaces, public participation in preserving green spaces, engagement with Arlington Public Schools, acknowledgment of our natural resources as natural capital that requires sustained investment and maintenance, and inclusion of NOVA Parks in the Plan.
EcoAction Arlington has identified a number of elements of the Plan that should be prioritized and enhanced:
- Creation of a mechanism to assess the value of trees and natural areas in County planning decisions when protecting natural resources may conflict with other County goals to ensure full awareness of costs and benefits.
- More specific actions that rectify long standing inequitable access to tree canopy and green spaces for neighborhoods with low tree canopy and higher than average populations of minorities and poverty rates.
- Inclusion of actions such as conservation landscaping, tree preservation, and replacement of lawn and impervious surfaces that support ongoing County efforts to address stormwater runoff under its Flood Resilient Arlington program.
- Elevation of Action 2.3, Deepen Arlington’s Commitment to the Conservation of Trees and Natural Resources, to a Strategic Direction to highlight the importance of stewardship to the success of the FNRP.
- Greater focus on incentives and programs such as the Tree Canopy Fund, StormwaterWise and tax incentives for conservation easements through the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust to encourage property owners to enhance and protect the natural resources on their property with more trees, shrubs, and native plants and less lawn.
- Strengthened relationships with NOVA Parks to ensure park management aligns with County goals such as reducing invasive plants and erosion.
- Revised zoning, ordinances and site plan standards to better protect and enhance tree canopy and other natural resource goals of the FNRP.
- Expanded cooperation with Arlington Public Schools to help it preserve and enhance natural areas and incorporate nature-based curriculum into lesson plans.
- Inclusion of an indigenous peoples’ Land Acknowledgement at the beginning of the FNRP to highlight the importance of incorporating all voices, including those of future generations, in discussions of policy and actions.
Read EcoAction Arlington’s Letter
This content originally appeared in The EcoAdvocate newsletter produced by the EcoAction Arlington Advocacy Committee. For more information about the Advocacy Committee, please visit ecoactionarlington.org/get-involved/ecoaction-arlingtondvocacy/