A Call To Restore Greenspaces Where We Live

New York, NY (April 20, 2016) – Deborah Martin, executive director of New York Restoration Project, says that “Americans’ personal connection to the environment, which the founders of Earth Day hoped to restore nearly 50 years ago, is all but lost.” Because 80% of American families live in urban areas, the vast majority of which are densely populated and defined by concrete, when people celebrate Earth Day, they should also reflect on the built environment where many Americans actually live.
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Funding Local Urban Forestry Programs

Washington, DC (April 15, 2016) – A recent feature in the Society of Municipal Arborists‘ publication City Trees by Jennifer Gulick, Davey Resource Group, offers comprehensive guidance on funding your urban and community forestry programs. Gulick gives step-by-step guidance for programs of all sizes — from brand new programs to those that are well established.
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Stewardship Mapping And Assessment Project Guide Released

Newtown Square, PA (February 25, 2016) – The U.S. Forest Service has released the “Stewardship mapping and assessment project: a framework for understanding community-based environmental stewardship.” The STEW-MAP is designed to answer the questions who, where, why and how environmental stewardship groups are caring for our urbanized landscapes. This report is intended to be a guide for those who wish to start STEW-MAP in their own city.
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Valuing All Perspectives Means Better Urban Forest Management

Toronto, Canada (March 24, 2016) – Adrina Bardekjian’s, Urban Forestry Program Manager with Tree Canada, recent article in The Nature of Cities explores how considering the perspectives of field arborists and tree climbers is useful for understanding tree growth and long-term sustainability for urban forests.
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City of Trees Documentary To Air On Public Media’s “America Reframed”

New York, NY (March 10, 2016) – A feature-length documentary, CITY OF TREES, will have its U.S. television premiere Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at 8 p.m. on WORLD Channel, as part of the fourth season of AMERICA REFRAMED. It features an initiative in Washington DC to put long-term unemployed resident back to work through a green job training program — planting trees in the city’s most blighted urban parks.
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Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition Unveils 2016 Strategic Plan

Washington, DC (March 17, 2016) – The Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition released a 2016 Strategic Plan at its annual meeting in Washington, DC. The plan represents nearly a year of work and the investment of hundreds of hours by dozens of SUFC members and independent consultants. The outcome is a bold vision and clear direction for the Coalition as it enters a time of exciting change and significant growth.
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Green Infrastructure Investment To Ease Load On DC Sewer System

Washington, Dc (March 18, 2016) – When it rains heavily in D.C., the surrounding ecosystem takes a beating. A full 43 percent of land in the city is impervious to rainwater. For two-thirds of the city, that all empties into the nearest river or stream, carry the junk into the Chesapeake Bay, where runoff is the fastest-growing source of pollution. While a massive $2.6 billion tunnel system is underway to deal with some of the runoff, it’s not enough. That’s why the city turned to green infrastructure.
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