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September 6, 2019

Greens to School Board: Leave the Trees Alone around Reed School in Westover

environment — @ 11:15 am

Arlington Greens voted to oppose the removal of over 30 mature trees and paving that green space adjacent to the Reed School in Westover area of Arlington on September 4. The school board will demolish the existing Reed School and as part of that plan it would remove trees and greens pace, among the trees are a silver maple of 54-inch diameter and red maple 42-inch diameter that are over 80 years old. The plan calls for this area to be paved and thus increasing storm water run off in an area that was just flooded two months ago. The removal of the trees and paving is a landscaping plan and has no relation to the new school building.

Many local residents have objected to the removal of the trees which also shade and retain rain water which otherwise would flow into the school building site.

We urge Arlington residents to tell the Arlington School Board to leave the trees on the Reed School property alone and allow nature to co-exist with the elementary school as it has for the past 80 years. Children can enjoy the trees and green space. Email – school.board@apsva.us
U.S. Mail – Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Blvd, Arlington, Virginia 22204
By Phone 703-228-6015 to leave a voice mail message.

Schools and nature and trees belong together. Trees also provide canopy and cooling to Arlington which has many urban hot spots today and only getting worse. We need more trees in Arlington. it will also cost the public funds to pave over and remove the trees.