For Immediate Release: December 15, 2015
The City of Alexandria will begin the seasonal tree
maintenance in Fort Ward Park and Museum Area beginning the week of December
26, 2015 and will continue through January 2016 subject to the weather
conditions. The work includes structural and deadwood pruning of fifty-two
trees, removal of forty-two dead or diseased trees throughout the park and
grinding of remaining tree stumps.
City Arborist staff in the Department of Recreation, Parks
and Cultural Activities (RPCA) conducted an assessment of all trees in the park
and museum area and identified specific trees that needed maintenance or
removal. All work is consistent with the Fort Ward Park and Museum Area
Management Plan approved by the City Council in January 2015. Goal 3 (Landscape
Cultural Practices) of the plan is to restore and expand the existing woodlands,
assess tree canopy and its health, and perform tree maintenance.
The tree maintenance work will be carried out by a City tree
contractor and supervised by the City Arborist staff in RPCA. Any ground
disturbance activities will be coordinated with the City’s Office of Historic
Alexandria staff. RPCA staff will also post public notice of tree
maintenance work in the park and museum area. Following the tree maintenance
work, 24 new native trees will be planted in the spring of 2016. Funding for
the new trees is included in the approved FY2016 Capital Improvement Program of
For more information, contact John Noelle, City Arborist, at 703.746.5499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Ad Hoc Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Management Plan Implementation project website.