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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Tampa Adds Up The Value Of Its Trees

Tampa, FL (April 28, 2016) – Cities routinely rake up tens of millions of dollars from their urban forests annually in ways that are not always obvious. Leafy canopies lower summer air conditioning bills. Health-wise, trees contribute to lower asthma rates and birth defects by removing air pollutants. Here’s how Tampa, Florida hopes to celebrate trees as economic drivers and get past the false dichotomy of economy versus environment.
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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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