U. Penn to Plant Campus Orchard

Philadelphia, PA (October 16, 2014) — This week, the University of Pennsylvania community will come together to plant a campus orchard. The 26 fruit trees will serve to foster beneficial insects for pest control, provide food to the local community, and be an educational research lab for students and faculty.
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New Guide for Planning City’s Green Infrastructure

Washington, DC (September 3, 2014) — The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has launched a guide that illustrates the environmental and economic value of “green infrastructure” — designed systems, including urban trees and greenspace, that harness nature to create proven benefits for communities and the environment.
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Administration Announces Investment in Green Infrastructure

Washington, DC (October 8, 2014) — The Obama Administration has announced new executive actions and a series of private and public sector commitments that will improve the management of our natural resources in the context of a changing climate and support investment in green infrastructure. This includes a role for urban forests in climate resilience. As part of the initiative, ACTrees is proud to have pledged to engage over 26,000 volunteers to plant over 50,000 trees in October during National NeighborWood® Month.
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PRI’s “Science Friday” Features New York Street Trees Study

New York, NY (October 4, 2014) — U.S. Forest Service research ecologists Rich Hallett and Nancy Sonti are studying streets trees in New York City — collecting detailed data to get a clearer picture of how city living affects the Oak, maple, black cherry, gingko and other common urban tree species. Their work was recently featured on PRI’s Science Friday.
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Report Highlights Economic Value of Volunteerism

Boston, MA (September 29, 2014) — A new report released by Opportunity Nation, with support from the Citi Foundation, provides fresh and compelling evidence that volunteering and participation in a civic or service organization predict positive outcomes for at-risk and low income youth, as well as the economic health of states.
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MN Unveils First-Of-Its-Kind Stormwater Crediting System

Minneapolis, MN (August 28, 2014) — The state of Minnesota has developed a first-of-its kind formula and credit system that is transforming the way communities think about trees and stormwater management–potentially helping them to save thousands of dollars by investing in trees rather than pipes.
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Help the Society of Municipal Arborists Celebrate 50 Years

Washington, DC (September 15, 2014) — The Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Charlotte, NC during the Partners in Community Forestry Conference. They’d like everyone to be involved in the celebration of urban forestry. To join in, submit a photo that you believe shows great urban forestry in action–trees and people. Deadline is October 4th. Here are the details.
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Forest Heights, MD Mayor Crusades for Urban Trees

Forest Heights, MD (September 8, 2014) — Forest Heights, a Maryland town of 2,400 within commuting distance of Washington, D.C., overlooks a busy highway. Despite its name, it was not a forested community, at least not until Mayor Jacqueline Goodall got involved. Since 2008, she has planted 1,100 trees. And 500 more are about to go in the ground.
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Congress Stalls: Unlikely to Act on FY 2015 Budget

Washington, DC (September 8, 2014) – Congress heads back into session this week. While the U.S. Senate released strong funding proposals for Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) on August 1st, Congress is unlikely to move on these during election season. Instead, they’re expected to pass a “continuing resolution,” which will carry current funding levels forward until at least December and possibly into 2015.
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