Pittsburgh Counts Down To First Ever Urban FIA Project

Newtown Square, PA (June 20, 2016) – This month, the city of Pittsburgh and the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program began a first-ever urban inventory of trees, green space, and ground cover on public and private land for the greater Pittsburgh metropolitan area.
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Trees Are Good For Cities, But In Many Cities They Struggle

Washington, DC (June 17, 2016) – While research continues to demonstrate the value of trees in urban areas, studies also show that many cities don’t have enough trees or are not able to manage them properly. While the urban canopy varies from city to city, Gregory McPherson, a researcher with the Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station in Davis, Calif., and lead author on the recent study of California’s street trees, identifies three reasons for this.
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MSU Unveils Center for Urban Food Systems in Detroit

Detroit, MI (June 7, 2016) – A new facility in Detroit will become Michigan State University’s first center for studying and developing urban food systems. In addition to facilitating community best practices, research will include soil sampling and pollution remediation, pest and disease management, urban forestry, and more.
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Rust Belt Cities Go Green To Aid Urban Revival

Gary, IN (May 31, 2016) – Gary, Indiana is joining Detroit and other fading U.S. industrial centers in an effort to turn abandoned neighborhoods and factory sites into gardens, parks, and forests. In addition to the environmental benefits, these greening initiatives may help catalyze an economic recovery.
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Reno Seeks To Grow Tree Canopy

Reno, NV (May 27, 2016) – An urban forestry management plan that would almost double the size of Reno’s tree coverage during the next two decades was approved by the City Council. The plan is expected to help guide the city’s efforts to manage its tree inventory and increase canopy size from 5.2 percent to 10 percent. This comes a month after the “ReLeaf Reno” initiative to add 130,000 new trees was introduced on Arbor Day.
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Federal Mitigation Investment Strategy National Engagement Period Now Open

Washington, DC (May 10, 2016) – On May 10, the federal government launched a 30-day, national engagement period to receive stakeholder input on designing and implementing a new Federal Mitigation Investment Strategy (FMIS). The purpose of FMIS is to outline Federal Agency priorities for investments in community resilience and mitigation. This could have big impacts on the urban canopy.
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Hungry Goats Arrive in Prospect Park

Brooklyn, NY (May 18, 2016) – When Hurricane Sandy tore through the New York area in the fall of 2012, 50 mature trees were destroyed in one area of Prospect Park alone, and in their absence, invasive species have proliferated. Park officials are hoping that goats—and, especially, their seemingly bottomless, multi-chambered stomachs—might offer a solution.
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Missoula Trees Provide $8.6 Million Annually In Benefits

Missoula, MT (May 10, 2016) – A new assessment of Missoula’s urban tree canopy finds nearly a third of Missoula is covered by impervious surfaces such as streets, parking lots or buildings, but 13.4 percent is covered by trees – an estimated 2,053 acres. And there’s a clear economic advantage to having trees in your yard.
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Municipal Budgets Can Pay The Price For Global Trade

By Julian Spector, CityLab

Washington, DC (April 25, 2016) – When a tree dies on a city street, private yard, or public park, city governments and property owners end up paying to safely dispose of the trunk, and the benefits that tree provided to its neighborhood are lost. This has become a more urgent issue as local government across the U.S. are digging into emergency funds to cut down ash trees plagued by emerald ash borer, an invasive pest that hitched a ride overseas on wooden shipping crates.
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City Prepares Denver Residents to Battle Emerald Ash Borer

Denver, CO (May 2, 2016) – A new campaign to protect Denver’s urban forest from the inevitable arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is encouraging residents to embrace their inner Smart Ash and join the “Be A Smart Ash” movement. The flying pest, which was discovered in Boulder in September 2013, hasn’t yet been detected in Denver. However, one in six trees in the City and County of Denver is an ash tree, so it’s vital that residents understand how they can save their ash trees and protect the city’s urban forest.
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