Planting Street Trees Where They’re Needed Most

Washington, DC (August 19, 2015) — While the science is clear that trees are central to healthy, livable cities, the benefits of urban trees are rarely experienced equally across a city. At a recent conference organized by ACTrees member Casey Trees, Virginia Tech’s Cene Ketcham addressed how lower tree canopy is often correlated with lower-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Ketcham reported on his study of 11 different programs in six cities.
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Study Targets Protecting Superior City Trees From EAB

Superior Township, WI (August 21, 2015) — The Superior City Council has approved a research project presented by the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve to preserve the city’s Municipal Forest. The project will help the city mitigate potential problems from the discovery of emerald ash borer in the city two years ago.
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New App Aims To Target Urban Tree Planting

Portland, OR (August 6, 2015) — When cities plant trees, they help reduce pollution levels and improve people’s health. While studies show that America’s trees save thousands of lives a year, cities tend to have spotty canopies, with richer residential areas generally enjoying more cover and poorer industrial areas less. See how a new “Trees and Health APP” is starting to change that.
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Seattle Mayor Calls For Accelerating Green Infrastructure

Seattle, WA (August 4, 2015) — In light of polluted stormwater runoff threatening water quality in Puget Sound, Seattle Mayor Edward B. Murray released a draft citywide Green Stormwater Infrastructure Strategy, outlining plans to accelerate green infrastructure approaches for preventing water pollution. This includes the use of street trees, rain gardens, green roofs, and more.
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Drought And The State of California’s Urban Trees

Sacramento, CA (July 31, 2015) — California’s street trees comprise 10–20% of the total urban forest and provide $1 billion in annual benefits in some of the toughest locations for tree growth according to a new USDA report. As Californians cut back water use, arborists and state officials are worrying about a potentially dangerous ripple effect: nearby urban trees going neglected and becoming diseased or dying.
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Targets For Trees: Mapping Neighborhood Heat And Air Quality

Portland, OR (July 29, 2015) — In the middle of a July heat wave, Portland State University researchers Vivek Shandas and Jackson Voekel drove across the city of Portland with a thermometer connected to a GPS unit sticking out the window. Together the two devices logged the temperature and location every second as the car moved along city streets. It’s tracking the temperature differences from one block to the next at the street level – where people actually feel the heat.
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A “Smart” Approach To Encouraging Resident Tree Care

Glen Ridge, NJ (July 30, 2015) — As part of Glen Ridge, NJ’s latest effort to get residents involved in caring for the borough’s shade trees, each has been wrapped with a “Hug Me!” tag that with a QR code. When scanned with a smartphone, the code opens up the shade tree commission’s tree care page on the borough’s website. The tag also has information on what kind of tree it is.
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