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ArlingtonTree-canopy initiative dies in legislature

Tree-canopy initiative dies in legislature

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A measure calling for greater involvement by the state government in supporting tree canopies in urban and suburban parts of the commonwealth died in committee.

The measure, patroned by Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), would have directed the Virginia Department of Forestry to develop, in conjunction with Virginia Cooperative Extension, a 10-year urban- and community-forest management plan, and set goals for tree-canopy levels in urban areas.

The Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources amended the measure to strike the goal-setting provision, then forwarded the bill to the Committee on Appropriations, which killed it on an 11-7 vote.

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