ASLA Launches Guide To Resilient Design

Washington, DC (September 19, 2016) – A new online guide launched by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) explains how communities can better protect themselves from natural disasters through resilient landscape planning and design.

Lancaster Creates Searchable Database Of Street Trees

Lancaster, PA (September 22, 2016) – The City of Lancaster, PA has made available a searchable database of some 9,000 trees along streets and in public parks. The data is being used to better manage the city’s urban forest health and resiliency, including a recent fight with emerald ash borer.

The Healing Power Of Living Memorials

By Heather L. McMillen, Lindsay K. Campbell, and Erika S. Svendsen
U.S. Forest Service, New York City Urban Field Station

New York, NY (September 12, 2016) – On the 15th anniversary of September 11th, 2001 or 9/11, our thoughts return to that day and many of us will revisit public spaces designed to promote healing and emotional recovery from the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history. The healing power of nature is recognized around the world, including by those who create living memorials.

Inventory Helps Reshape Tree Planting Program

East Grand Rapids, MI (September 9, 2016) – A recently completed inventory of trees located in public spaces is helping East Grand Rapids city officials more effectively manage the city’s urban forest and encourage residents to diversify their tree choices.

New Orleans Green Spaces Experiencing Unanticipated Post-Katrina Comeback

New Orleans, LA (August 28, 2016) – An estimated 320 million trees are thought to have been damaged or killed in Mississippi and Louisiana after Katrina — an unprecedented loss that local researchers in 2007 estimated would change the area’s ecosystem for the worse for generations to come. Today, however, officials with New Orleans’ numerous organizations dedicated to protecting green spaces are celebrating what they call an unanticipated comeback for the city’s trees.

Trees Needed Most In New Jersey’s Urban Areas

Michele S. Byers, Executive Director, New Jersey Conservation Foundation

Far Hills, NJ (August 28, 2016) – The New Jersey Conservation Foundation penned a recent editorial about the value of urban trees and the efforts of the New Jersey Tree Foundation to plant and care for urban trees — with a 95% survival rate. Here’s how a city full of parks and tree-lined streets are delivering real benefits to communities and residents.

Shortage May Hinder Replacing Kansas City Trees

Kansas City, MO (August 5, 2016) – One in 10 Kansas City trees shading the sidewalk might be an ash tree. But thousands of them are dying, leaving gaps in yards and parks that are getting harder to fill.
A combination of factors, from a beetle killing ash trees to a lack of supply of many other types of trees from nurseries, has both increased the price of trees and increased the demand from cities.

Drought’s Toll: Seattle Trees Are Stressed And Dying

Seattle, WA (August 6, 2016) – From mountain forests to city parks, trees that suffered in last year’s Seattle drought are dying, and burgeoning pests are taking advantage of stressed trees struggling to hang on. More than 500 dead trees from big leaf maples to cottonwoods, birches and more already have been counted this year in Seattle city parks.

New Report: Parks In The Role Of Green Infrastructure

By Aaron King, The Dirt, American Society of Landscape Architects

Washington, DC (July 27, 2016) – City Parks, Clean Water: Making Great Places Using Green Infrastructure, a new report from The Trust for Public Land (TPL), makes a strong case for leveraging public parks to manage stormwater. The report offers several useful case studies that explain the challenges and opportunities involved in designing parks to act as systems for storing or absorbing excess stormwater.