Coalition Of Partners Put Focus On Trees During Unrelenting Drought

Sacramento, CA (July 23, 2015) — As California enters its fourth year of drought, the state has lost over 12 million trees to the ongoing dry conditions. Another million trees are expected to die this summer. A new partnership among Save Our Water, California ReLeaf, and a coalition of urban forest organizations has kicked off a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of proper tree care during this historic drought.
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New Tree Varietal Named After ACTrees Founding Member

Tucson, AZ (July 27, 2015) — A new (patent pending) cultivar of Live Oak has been unveiled by Civano Nursery in Tucson, AZ named after Joan Lionetti, a founding member of the Alliance for Community Trees. Joan is Executive Director of Tucson Clean & Beautiful, and founded the Trees for Tucson program in 1989 to encourage planting of low water-use trees to provide cooling shade and energy savings in her desert community. Since that time, the organization has helped to plant more than 100,000 trees.
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Greening Streets To Improve The Natural Ecosystem

Washington, DC (June 5, 2015) — A recent editorial by Kaid Benfield highlights why it is critically important when considering how to improve streets to give much more thought to their impact on natural ecosystems. According to Benfield, “In the twenty-first century, our most important public spaces need to be not only complete, hospitable and beautiful but also green in an ecological sense. They need to be places of resilience where nature is respected.“
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Urban Forest Revitalizes Neglected Lots in New Orleans

New Orleans, LA (June 30, 2015) — The Academy Park Urban Forest had its ribbon-cutting ceremony last week in New Orleans East. The celebration was in honor of 1,000 vacant lots being converted into green space and community-friendly areas, including 216 new trees of nine species. It all started with a local resident who wanted to plant a few trees.
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Recommendations Issued To Promote Green Infrastructure For Commercial Property

Washington, DC (June 23, 2015) — As communities increasingly make major capital investments in green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) in public spaces, many are coming to realize that, to fully protect and restore urban waterways, they also need private landowners to manage more of the stormwater on their own properties. A new report offers recommendations on how to do this.
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Greenscape Of Jacksonville Is Speaking For The Trees

Jacksonville, FL (June 23, 2015) — “We’re the voice of the trees in Jacksonville is what it boils down to,” says Greenscape’s executive director, Anna Dooley. “We act as an ambassador for the tree canopy.” For four decades Dooley and her colleagues have been the custodians of thousands of Jacksonville trees.
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Green Business Certification Launches SITES Rating System

Washington, DC (June 10, 2015) – Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) has launched its newly acquired SITES rating system, a comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes, ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, and streetscapes and homes.
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Savannah Canopy Assessment Shows Continued Tree Loss

Savannah, GA (June 16, 2015) — The towering oaks, sweetgums, and magnolias that shade Savannah’s streets and squares have enchanted generations. They also save the county over nearly $600 million a year in air pollution reduction and stormwater infrastructure costs. But a new assessment of the urban tree canopy find that it’s disappearing at a rate of four acres a day.
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California Drought Forces New Outlook on Dying Urban Trees

Los Angeles, CA (June 12, 2015) — The unrelenting drought that has ravaged parts of California’s forest land is now taking a toll on the trees that line urban parks, boulevards and backyards. Across the state, trees that locals have come to love are increasingly falling victim to years of hot weather and little rain.
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Protected Urban Forest Blooms In Baltimore

Baltimore, MD (June 4, 2015) — Nonprofit Baltimore Green Space has reclaimed a patch of woods, once a vacant lot, as a protected urban forest — for the birds and local residents. The 10,000-square-foot green space is building cohesion and creativity in the community, as well as a much-needed dose of nature.
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