Shortage May Hinder Replacing Kansas City Trees

Kansas City, MO (August 5, 2016) – One in 10 Kansas City trees shading the sidewalk might be an ash tree. But thousands of them are dying, leaving gaps in yards and parks that are getting harder to fill.
A combination of factors, from a beetle killing ash trees to a lack of supply of many other types of trees from nurseries, has both increased the price of trees and increased the demand from cities.
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Drought’s Toll: Seattle Trees Are Stressed And Dying

Seattle, WA (August 6, 2016) – From mountain forests to city parks, trees that suffered in last year’s Seattle drought are dying, and burgeoning pests are taking advantage of stressed trees struggling to hang on. More than 500 dead trees from big leaf maples to cottonwoods, birches and more already have been counted this year in Seattle city parks.
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New Report: Parks In The Role Of Green Infrastructure

By Aaron King, The Dirt, American Society of Landscape Architects

Washington, DC (July 27, 2016) – City Parks, Clean Water: Making Great Places Using Green Infrastructure, a new report from The Trust for Public Land (TPL), makes a strong case for leveraging public parks to manage stormwater. The report offers several useful case studies that explain the challenges and opportunities involved in designing parks to act as systems for storing or absorbing excess stormwater.
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New Ordinance in Sacramento To Boost Urban Tree Protections

Sacramento, CA (August 4, 2016) – In the City of Trees, a new ordinance will put more bite in tree protection. The Sacramento City Council gave unanimous approval to an ordinance that will better protect Sacramento’s existing trees and foster expansion of the urban forest. The ordinance provides new rules for safeguarding, maintaining and removing trees on both private and public land.
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L.A. Hopes To Partner With CalTech And Google To Count City’s Trees

By Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA (July 27, 2016) – The last time anyone counted, there were 700,000 street trees in the city of Los Angeles. That was more than two decades ago. Now, after four years of punishing drought, the city badly needs a fix on the condition of its urban forest. Here’s how they propose to do it — with the help of CalTech and Google.
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TREE Fund Awards Will Support Healthier Urban Trees

Naperville, IL (July 26, 2016) – The Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund) announces the first of its 2016 grant awards totaling over $160,000 for urban tree research and arboriculture education. The result of these larger grants will be better tools for tree professionals. TREE Fund expects to award nearly $300,000 in additional grants by year end, disbursing nearly $3.0 million since its inception in 2002.
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2016 National Urban And Community Forestry Challenge Grants Recipients Announced

Washington, DC (July 21, 2016) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the 2016 USDA Forest Service’s National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge grant recipients. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $900,000 in funding to four goal recipients who will demonstrate how healthy urban forests can increase public health benefits, improve development and redevelopment efforts, and contribute to urban food production.
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Seventeen Projects Unveiled to ‘Green’ Local Communities

Harrisburg, PA (June 28, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, announced $803,489 in grants to be awarded to 17 organizations through the “Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs” Grant Initiative. Grants include five projects designed to improve central Pennsylvania, as well as twelve other initiatives in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.
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New Report: How Communities Are Managing Their Urban Trees

Stevens Point, WI (July 18, 2016) – Trees are a recognized and significant asset to communities, but to remain so, and increase in value they need care and regular maintenance. Municipal Tree Care and Management in the United States: A 2014 Urban & Community Forestry Census of Tree Activities is the fifth report over 40 years that addresses the many approaches communities take to manage public trees. Findings show how 667 communities are managing their trees on average, and how their municipal urban forestry operations are organized and funded.
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Community Orchard Blooms On Louisville Vacant Lot

Louisville, KY (July 15, 2016) – A partnership between Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government, the University of Kentucky, architectural firm Gresham Smith & Partners and the nonprofit Louisville Grows has turned a once-vacant lot into “a garden of Eden.”
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