Tools To Assess Urban Tree Crowns

Asheville, NC (November 2, 2016) – U.S. Forest Service scientists from the Southern Research Station Utilization of Southern Forest Resources unit have developed software tools that managers and others can use to easily assess the extent of urban tree and forest stand crowns and monitor the health of trees in urban and nonurban settings.
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Early Detection In Michigan Vital To Combat Invasive Pests

East Lansing, MI (November 8, 2016) – Michigan State University Extension issues protocol to combat destruction to urban forest from invasive pests. Once established on a widespread scale, hope for eradication is unlikely. Early detection, teamed with a rapid, efficient response, is our best hope to reduce damage caused by these unwanted pests.
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Durham To Inventory And Assess Urban Trees

Durham, NC (October 25, 2016) – Durham, NC takes its trees seriously. To address both the pending death of many of the street trees and the inequity of trees in the city, the city’s general services department had allocated $45,000 in its fiscal year budget to do a willow and water oak street tree inventory and a city-wide tree canopy assessment of both public and private trees.
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Benefits Of Trees When Weather Turns Cold

Minneapolis, MN (October 24, 2016) – “Trees really are for every season,” says Philip Potyondy, Sustainable Forestry Coordinator with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. In this interview by Nicole Peterson, The Kestrel Design Group, Potyondy’s shares findings from his research on the benefits of trees in cold climates — a reminder that trees are year-round ecosystem services providers.
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Los Angeles Replenishes Elysian Park’s Tree Canopy

Los Angeles, CA (October 15, 2016) – More than 200 volunteers planted over 100 new trees in Elysian Park, where years of drought and die-off have withered the foliage. The volunteers joined members of the LA Conservation Corps and city staff as part of a project to replenish the shade-giving tree canopy and test a new technique that could be applied to other greening projects in the city.
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Measuring The Benefits Of An Urban Landscape

Washington, DC (October 18, 2016) – Barbara Deutsch, president of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) believes that too many landscape architects are not focusing on real benefits of sustainable and resilient landscape design: capturing stormwater, raising property prices, reducing the urban heat island effect, or improving biodiversity. To promote more performance-based results, the LAF has built a robust Landscape Performance Series.
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Milwaukee Partnership Creates Largest Urban Orchard In U.S.

Milwaukee, WI (October 21, 2016) – A unique partnership between government, non-profits and private business will create the largest organic urban orchard in the U.S. in Milwaukee’s Oak Creek neighborhood. Expected to bear fruit in three years, harvest from the orchard will go to schools, restaurants, and community centers.
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Syracuse 2016 State of Urban Forest Shapes Planning

Syracuse, NY (October 3, 2016) – A recently released 2016 State of the Urban Forest report found that Syracuse’s public trees provide an estimated $2 in benefits for every $1 spent on management costs. Here’s how this data — and more — is helping with the City’s master planning process.
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NeighborWoods® Month Survey Reveals Importance Of Trees To Homeowners

Lincoln, NE (October 6, 2016) – In honor of October’s NeighborWood® Month and to illustrate the importance of trees in communities, the Alliance for Community Trees commissioned the 2016 NeighborWoods Month Survey, conducted by Wakefield Research. Responses support the fact that Americans value both the economic and environmental benefits of trees in their neighborhoods.
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Atlanta To Seek Funding For Fruit And Nut Trees

Atlanta, GA (September 29, 2016) – A $30,000 grant would bring about 40 fruit- and nut-bearing trees to Atlanta’s southeast side for the enjoyment of residents, with the aim of bettering their diets in an acknowledged “food desert” lacking in healthy food choices.
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