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by ARLnow.com — December 26, 2012 at 10:45 am 2,026 12 Comments

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Board to Hold New Year’s Meeting — The Arlington County Board will hold its traditional New Year’s Day meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. At the meeting, Walter Tejada is expected to be elected County Board chair. Tejada and the other four Board members will then outline their policy goals for 2013. In a press release, Arlington County billed itself as “the only local government that “gets to work” on the New Year’s holiday.” [Arlington County]

Cemetery Expansion Concerns Tree Lovers — A plan to expand Arlington National Cemetery has some tree lovers crying foul. The cemetery is projected to run out of additional burial space in 2025, prompting the need for the expansion. Some Arlington residents, however, have been critical of one particular part of the expansion plan, which calls for the clearing of 890 “old-growth” trees. The cemetery plans to replant 600 trees and to preserve a stand of 220-year-old trees. [Arlington Mercury]

Bike Arlington’s Top 10 List — Staff from Arlington County’s Bike Arlington program has published a list of their “top 10 favorite topics from 2012.” Among the entries in the top 10 list: Capital Bikeshare’s expansion, Bike Friendly Business awards to local shops, and the county’s Predictable, Alert and Lawful (PAL) safety campaign. [Bike Arlington]

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  • Troops over trees

    Oh good Lord. Get a grip tree huggers. We owe some respect to our defenders of this great nation which allows you the freedom to be a tree hugger.

  • Insulted

    I have several family members barried at ANC, and two brothers deployed. I have never thought that some Americans could have such a disconnected set of priorities. Please move.

    • Brian

      My grandfather and father are both buried there. That being said, it is my understanding that they say are saying there are other, better options for the cemetery to expand rather than taking down those ‘old growth trees’, the last such trees in Arlington County.

      They are in no way putting trees above our patriot dead.

    • Chew Toy

      Agree with insulted: anyone who has any opinion that varies from insulted’s opinions should move away and hope that another insulted does not live where you move. Obviously, whatever insulted thinks should be what everyone else thinks and no other options should be ever explored. Insulted’s priorities are 100% correct and we should all conform in the unlikely event that we have different ideas.

      PS: What would insulted think about the catacombs in Paris?

    • drax

      Um, you don’t see how having nice trees is good for a cemetery? That part of a cemetery is keeping it looking nice?

      You don’t see how one can express concern for trees, and this doesn’t mean they oppose the expansion of the cemetery?

      You really jumped from “don’t cut down trees” to “death to America?”

      Seriously, calm down.

  • Homeowner

    200 years does not an “old growth forest” make…

    • treesarelife

      It does in Arlington. The forest has been here more than 3 human lifetimes. the trees are living history and provide homes for all kinds of species. We should not allow this to be cut down for any reason.

  • novasteve

    I have relatived buried at ANC and there’s a point, even if cremation were mandated, that they will run out of space. it’s time to start dealing with the issue now, and not later as there’s simply not room even if all of Arlington County were turned into a cemetary. Don’t push off this issue like we do with social security. There’s a limited amount of space, you’re eventually going to run out of room to expand.

    • Disgusted

      You can be sure that many of the people who are buried at Arlington Cemetery would be appalled by a governmental action that would destroy an old growth forest. Why should anyone risk their life to defend a nation whose national government wantonly destroys trees, which provide the oxygen that its citizens need to breathe? That is certainly not what freedom is all about.

      This is the largest and oldest hardwood forest left in Arlington County. The destruction of this unique woodland will desecrate the Cemetery.

      If t’he military needs more space for its burials, it can make a real sacrifice by utilizing some of the Pentagon’s excessively large parking lots for future burials at the Cemetery. This will help the environment by decreasing impervious surfaces, increasing green space and promoting public transit. But don’t expect the military to do this. It’s much easier for the military to cut down the trees, wave the old red, white and blue, and claim that its deceased need the space.

      There are many national cemeteries around the country. People can choose to be cremated, rather than buried. Under such conditions, it is absolutely disgusting that the military is going forward with its plans.

      There is simply no need for anyone to be buried at Arlington Cemetery. Considering that the burials would be on space that an old growth forest occupied, the burial would be a disgrace. It certainly would not be an honor.
      claim that

      • Captain_Obvious

        Wow. Just go away…and don’t come back.

      • treesarelife

        I so agree with “Disgusted”.

        • Captain_Obvious

          you can go away too.

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