Community Forestry is a joint effort between the town staff, the citizens and resources available from other organizations.  It not only involves new plantings and maintenance of existing trees, it involves protecting our environment for the future, educating ourselves and our children and taking the time to enjoy our efforts as well as the efforts of past generations. 

The town's program is managed by the Community Forester, a certified arborist, who is responsible for:

  • health and welfare of trees on Town Property
  • review of plant material for new development
  • providing citizens with info and advice on the protection of trees against insects and diseases
  • providing educational programs for adults and children

Insects- Good & Bad

Although many insects are beneficial, some can spread disease to trees and other plants.  Visit this page for more information.

Spotted Lanternfly in Virginia

A potentially very serious pest of grapes, peaches, hops, and a variety of other crops, the spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula, was detected in Frederick County, Virginia, on Jan. 10, 2018.  It is important to look for it and report any finds. 

The spotted lanternfly has also been reported on a range of ornamentals around the home and in the landscape; in high numbers, the insect can become a nuisance pest to homeowners.  

Spotted lanternflies are invasive and can be spread long distances by people who move infested material or items containing egg masses. If allowed to spread in the United States, this pest could seriously impact the country’s grape, orchard, and logging industries. 

For more information on the Spotted Lanternfly please use the following resources:

The Spotted Lanternfly in Virginia (webpage)

 Residential Control for Spotted Lanternfly in Virginia (pdf)

USDA Threatening Pests (webpage)


Virginia Invasive Plant Species

Like insects, there are several species of annuals, grass and shrubs that are considered to be invasive.  Click here for a list of Virginia Invasive Plant Species or visit this page for more information.

Tree and Plant Care

Tree damaged in a storm? Looking for a Tree Care Company?  Or just interested in tree, shrub, and lawn care?   Visit this page for more information. 


Local Wildlife

Herndon is home to many different species of wildlife.  Visit the Fairfax County Wildlife page for a listing of local species and information on wildlife management.  One of the largest predatory animals found locally are coyotes.  The county coyote webpage provides specific FAQs related to this mammal.  Virginia also has a Native Plant Society that supports the conservation of wild flowers and wild places throughout the Commonwealth. 



Herndon is dedicated to strengthening its urban forestry programs and has been a certified Tree City USA Community for many years.