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Huge Tree Felled in Rosslyn

by ARLnow.com March 25, 2011 at 10:18 am 2,411 36 Comments

Workers felled a huge tree on a construction site in Rosslyn this morning.

The tree came down around 9:00 a.m., on the site of the Sedona and Slate residential project at 1500 Clarendon Boulevard.

Video courtesy Geoff Collins

  • Andrew

    Sad to see that. Was it rotten? Or just “in the way”? I hope they plant new ones.

  • BOOO HISS!! Why kill the tres! To Aid and Abet Air Pollution?????!!!

  • Overgrown Bush

    Don’t worry. They’ll put something bigger made of concrete and steel in place of it.

  • KalashniKEV

    Too bad it wasn’t this gnarly tree down the block from me…


    • KalashniKEV

      Thanks to Todd S. for showing my issue some love… and for the posters below:

      If you love plants growing in dirt so much, why not move out to Fairfax?

  • steve

    Liberal hypocrites in action. Telling us to go on car free diets so they can knock down trees to make room for condos

    • tree hugger

      Arlington is on a Tree-Free Diet. No maintenance, no leaf or brush pick-up will reduce the size of the budget. Kinda like the skinny streets and less asphalt to maintain. So much for a the green hype….

    • mehoo

      Um, steve, how can one be a hypocrite about something that’s physically impossible? You can’t have a condo and a tree in the same place. If liberals all lived in treehouses while forcing everyone else to live in condos, maybe you’d have a point. Nice try though.

  • DudeGuy

    Sooooooo… ?

    • Lou

      No Isengard jokes?

      • Aaron

        It’s March 25th, all the Tolkien geeks are off celebrating the downfall of Sauron.

        • Lou

          I had no idea about the significance until I googled it. How strange.

  • local

    Always sad to see a tree come down, especially a big one.

  • almondwine

    This is a little sad to me, especially since there’s no indication that it was unhealthy or dead, and since it’s so large. But I guess any building would destroy too much of the root structure. And curse that tree anyway! How dare it be in the way for so many years!

  • SoCo Resident

    There actually was a tree in Rosslyn!

  • John

    ‘Felled’? Really?

    • Kirk

      Yes, really.

  • trees now

    zimmerman just said at the meeting the other night that ivy and invasives was the main problem. not from where i’m sitting it isn’t. it must be soooo difficult for an arcitect to design around a tree or two. we are getting really sick and tired of these developers cutting trees down, they should be ashamed. obviously the monies going from developers into the tree fund isn’t high enough…double it or triple it and then see if they knock them down so quickly.

    buchanon garden redevelopment project is asking for some waivers so they can cut down over 60 large trees and not have to pay as much to the tree fund. just say no.

    • KalashniKEV

      LOL @ the idea of the County Board chairman saying, “Our communities are being INVADED!!!”

      “…by ivy!”


      • Lou

        Not enough gardeners around.

    • Arlington, Northside

      The construction project would have likely cut roots and killed the tree anyhow. Now, once the project is complete, they will plant 20x’s the trees in its place.

      • mehoo

        Yes, that is good part. Big trees are near the end of their lives anyway. If several younger trees go up in their place, it will be a net gain for the future. It’s best if you plant young ones AND keep old ones when possible, but whatever.

        Oh, and another thing – smart growth means a few trees died on this lot instead of perhaps hundreds getting cut down out in Loudoun County to build low-density homes, not including the giant new highway lane built to get them all to their jobs in DC.

        • trees now

          mehoo…your facts are incorrect. big trees are not near the end of their lives unless they are short-lived silver maples for example. some trees can live 100’s of years and are just as effective at removing co2 as new trees. the difference is the big trees provide lots more oxygen and shade and homes for wildlife.

          developers should learn how to work around the trees and its roots rather than just knocking or cutting them down.

          • mehoo

            Obviously I didn’t mean ALL big trees.

  • PikeHoo

    I enjoyed your use of “felled”. It doesn’t get used nearly enough in conversation.

  • Arlwhenever

    Not to worry, the developer will plant Bradford Pears in three foot casements when they are done bricking and concereting the site.

    • mehoo


      F’ing Bradfords.

  • BackyardiganFC

    I hope they did something with that tree. We had a cherry tree come down last week in Falls Church and I had a guy come in with a portable sawmill to turn it into lumber rather than waste it. He said he got almost 1000 board-feet of lumber out of that tree, amazing process.

    • cj

      Where did you find the guy? We need more logging instead of pulping around here.

      • Arlington, Northside


    • mehoo

      Yeah, I’ve seen that guy at work. Please post info for people to find him.

  • BackyardiganFC

    …meant to say that it didn’t cost me anything, either. Sure felt good to have that tree go toward something useful.

    • Arlington, Northside

      Where did you find the guy? Contact info?

      • BackyardiganFC

        His name is Bill Merkel and his company is Neighborwood. He’s got a web-page http://www.neighborwood.com. He lives in Arlington, and I think he does it in his spare time, but he did a really nice job for us, and the lumber he got was gorgeous.

  • Dan

    Thanks to ARLNOW, that tree did make a sound….

  • waza

    ever since arlington got rid of the city branch manager, they’ve had no one to manage these trees.


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