Tree Commission


  • 7:30 p.m.
  • 3rd Wednesday of each month
  • George Mason High School Library

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. 
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The 5-member commission is appointed by the City Council for 3-year terms.

  • Dennis Szymanski (Chair)
  • Kathleen Philpott Costa (Secretary)
  • Barbara Tesner
  • John Tesner
  • Karen Jones
Specimen tree 6290 (513 E-Broad)

Falls Church Public Schools Youth Representatives

  • Kristen Hornbuckle
  • Zachary Holmes

Staff Liaison

City Council Liaison

  • Council Member Dan Sze

Planning Commission Liaison

  • Tim Stevens


The Tree Commission advises the City's Arborist, Council and Manager on tree conservation, removal and replacement, both on public and private property, and in particular during commercial and residential development projects. In addition, the Commission makes recommendations on current and proposed regulations, policies, practices and staff plans that promote the City’s overall goal of preserving the tree canopy and maximizing its ecological and aesthetic benefits to the community.

Letters and Reports to Council

Periodically, the Tree Commission is asked to provide Council with comments regarding commercial development applications. Click each link below to read the comment letter submitted to Council. To view letters from previous years, contact the City Clerk's office.