2014 A Banner Year For Seattle’s City Fruit

Seattle, WA (February 24, 2015) — The 2014 achievements of City Fruit were featured in Seattle Weekly News, including the organizations ongoing efforts to preserve and protect the areas urban fruit trees, and harvest and distribute fruit to those in need. This past year, staff and volunteers harvested more than 27,948 pounds of unused fruit from residential properties in six Seattle neighborhoods.
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Trees and Green Infrastructure Key to “Climate Smart” Cities

Baltimore, MD (February 3, 2015) — A panel of experts at the New Partners for Smart Growth conference highlighted the need for using green infrastrucure to make communities “climate smart,” which can also help improve resilience to natural disasters. The American Society of Landscape Architects reported on the panels recommendations in a recent article, “Green Infrastructure Helps Communities Become ‘Climate Smart’.“
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Community Fruit Trees For Riverside Gardens Park

Santa Cruz, CA (February 5, 2015) — The city of Santa Cruz has approved a grass-roots project to plant a community orchard in Riverside Gardens Park, a site once part of the historic Barson family pear orchard. Groundbreaking is set for February 15th, and will include planting a Meyer lemon tree, and 10 pear and apple trees.
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Preparing Philly’s Trees to Meet Climate Change

Philadelphia, PA (January 23, 2015) — To meet a rapidly changing environment, the Philadelphia Parks Department is launching experiments at three different test sites in city parks in hopes of designing an urban forest for the warming world. Essentially, they’re anticipating what the conditions are going to be 100 years from now, rather than trying to restore the parks to 100 years ago.
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New York DEC Awards Nearly $930,000 In Urban Forestry Grants

Albany, NY (January 14, 2015) — Nearly $930,000 in state grants have been awarded for 40 urban forestry projects in communities across New York to help protect air, water and natural resources, and enhance urban communities. Combined with the urban forest grants announced on Earth Day in April ($797,437) and October ($280,391), New York State awarded more than $2 million in urban forest grants in 2014.
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Super Bowl Initiative Helps Advance Phoenix Urban Forest

Phoenix, AZ (January 10, 2015) — A total of 170 trees will be planted across the Phoenix area as part of the 10th anniversary of urban forestry at Super Bowl. This past week, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and local volunteers teamed up to plant 35 new trees at a Phoenix park as part of the initiative to make the city greener in time for the big game.
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Genetic Diversity vs. Cloned Trees and Disease Resistance

By Amy Schaarsmith, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh, PA (January 4, 2015) — Newly planted urban forests can easily succumb to disease. A rich genetic composition, however, is key to giving trees the resources to withstand a variety of environmental challenges. A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette feature talked to horticulturalists on what their research says about how to cultivate hardy urban trees.
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New Funding for Modesto’s Urban Forest

Modesto, CA (January 4, 2015) — After years of budget cuts, the new year brings new funding and staff to care for Modesto’s tens of thousands of trees. The City’s community forestry division is hiring workers, trimming trees, and restarting the city nursery. It also will plant new trees for the first time in about a decade.
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