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ArlingtonEffort launched for broad-based tree-planting project

Effort launched for broad-based tree-planting project

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EcoAction Arlington on May 19 announced the launch of a “Tree Canopy Equity Program,” designed to provide a better distribution of natural resources across the community.

The goal is to “radically increase” tree-planting in neighborhoods with the lowest tree cover. Areas slated for focus include Arlington View, Aurora Highlands, Buckingham, Columbia Heights, Green Valley, Halls Hill/High View Park, Long Branch Creek, Penrose and Radnor/Fort Myer Heights.

At least 2,500 trees are slated to be planted over the coming years, as well as engagement in the community through educational, marketing and volunteer opportunities.

“We need to have a balanced approach that benefits everyone who lives however if the goal is to increase Arlington’s tree cover,” said Elenor Hodges, executive director of the organization. “This program offers a roadmap to help the entire county.”

The initiative received a $50,000 grant from Amazon, which will cover program operations for a full year.

For information on supporting the initiative, e-mail treeequity@ecoactionarlington.org.

For more information on the organization, see the Website at www.ecoactionarlington.org.

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