Nine Things to Know About Trees

Fall foliage in Annandale, VA

  1. The most common species in our county, in order, are the American Beech, red maple and the tulip tree.
  2. Tree cover in Fairfax County is 51.2 percent.
  3. Trees in the county remove 4.538 tons of pollution each year.
  4. Our trees produce 232.9 thousand tons of oxygen per year.
  5. Trees in the county provide building energy savings of more than $34 million per year.
  6. Trees provide the best sound barriers to traffic noise, especially tall established woodlands.
  7. Trees provide the best natural insurance against flooding.
  8. The trees in our county have a structural value of more than $32 billion.
  9. Fairfax County Earns Tree City USA Designation for 35th Consecutive Year.

Fairfax County is one of 3,400 communities that have made the commitment to become a Tree City USA. In the Commonwealth of Virginia there are 56 communities that have attained the Tree City USA designation (as of late February 2018).

The i-Tree program was developed by the U.S. Forest Service, among others. Tree City USA is an Arbor Day Foundation program in cooperation with the US Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Urban and Community Forestry Program and the National Association of State Foresters.

Fairfax County has earned the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA designation for the 35th consecutive year. Each year since its inception in 1976, thousands of urban foresters across the country submit applications to be considered to receive this cherished designation.

Photo above:  American Beech Tree Photo Credit:  By Jean-Pol GRANDMONT - Self-photographed, CC BY 3.0,

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