Virginia Beach has been a Tree City USA since 1980 and our official city tree is live oak.
The City of Virginia Beach’s urban forest, the trees where we live, work and play, provides multiple benefits to our residents, and for the first time, we have a snapshot of our community’s urban forest.
State of the Urban Forest Report (FY 2010-2011)
In Fiscal Year 2010-2011, the first City of Virginia Beach State of the Urban Forest report was released. Showcasing quantifiable Urban Tree Canopy (UTC), tree related community and interdepartmental city communications, and sustainable management practices, the report provided a strategic framework for the future.
State of the Urban Forest Report (FY 2011-2012)
Technology continues to enable us to efficiently quantify as well as monitor our ever-changing urban forest and is a valuable and necessary tool in establishing citywide tree- management parameters. Though our watersheds possess similar characteristics, data from our UTC study has enabled us to evaluate the city as a whole and make comparisons between many different geographic areas. The recommended UTC for cities in the Mid-Atlantic region is 40 percent, the UTC in Virginia Beach is 36 percent. Strategies will need to be defined to minimize decline in our current canopy to ensure that it continues to develop into a healthy and viable resource for the future.
Urban Forest Management Plan (2013)
The purpose of the Urban Forest Management Plan
is to guide a broad range of actions that will achieve a sustainable urban forest in Virginia
Beach well into the future. A sustainable urban forest includes
an abundance of trees with an expansive, integrated and connected tree
The development of this plan not only lays the framework for
sustainable urban forest management in Virginia Beach, it indicates a
high level of commitment to protecting trees and sharing knowledge about
the important environmental, economic and social roles trees play in
building healthy sustainable communities. The benefits of trees can be
maximized when both professional management resources and an educated