The City of Falls Church has the honor of being a Tree City USA, as designated by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
The distinction honors the city's commitment to community forestry. In fact, the city was the first community in Virginia to be recognized as a Tree City and has the longest state record for this annual national award.
Becoming a Tree City USA Community
To become Tree City USA community, Falls Church city fulfills the 4 standards required:
Tree Board or Department - The city's 5-member Tree Commission makes recommendations on relevant legislation, plans, policies, and programs. It also advises the City Arborist, City Council, and City Manager on tree-related matters.
Tree Care Ordinance - The city has 2 ordinances that pertain to the preservation and replacement of trees on private and public grounds.
Comprehensive Community Forestry Program - The city's Urban Forestry Division ensures the city has a viable tree canopy.
Arbor Day Observance - Falls Church has celebrated Arbor Day every year since 1892. On the 3rd Friday of April, Arbor Day trees are planted on the grounds of the city's four public schools, followed by a public celebration the next day.