Arlington National Cemetery Expansion Stalled in Hopes of Saving Old Trees

Posted by admin on Feb 6, 2013

Plans to expand Arlington National Cemetery were stalled at least temporarily following a public uproar over the potential removal of 900 Civil War-era trees, forcing officials to reconsider plans for the future of the nation’s premier resting place.

The Army Corps of Engineers released a report in December that recommended removing 890 trees to make room for 31,000 additional grave sites on a 30-acre tract near Arlington House. The expansion would allow the burial of military personnel at the cemetery through 2050.

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