California Communities Learn to Preserve Trees While Conserving Water

Palo Alto, CA (April 27, 2015) — Champions of the urban forest know that planting trees is just the beginning. Urban trees offer profound benefits — improved public health, enhanced quality of life for all residents, and a wealth of ecosystem services — but a vibrant urban forest must be protected and maintained. In many California communities, this investment now faces a serious threat: drought.
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Imagining a Green and “Urban Self-Reliant” New York City

New York, NY (April 15, 2015) — A recent article in The New Yorker featured a profile of Michael Sorkin, an architect and urban planner, who runs Terreform, a non-profit devoted to architecture that is both urban and green. Two years ago, Terreform began a project called New York City (Steady) State, which investigates the possibility of “urban self-reliance”; its goal is to figure out what an optimally self-sufficient NYC might look like. How would such a city function? And what would it be like to live on its leafy and fruitful streets?
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Mapping a City’s Trees — Trunk By Trunk

New York, NY (April 14, 2015) — New York web developer and designer Jill Hubley’s recent work has drawn the attention of tree lovers — and the technology crowd. She has created an interactive visual map of each of the city’s 592,130 urban trees using data from the 2005–2006 Street Tree Census. Search by individual tree or species.
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Spokane Tree Giveaway to Help Curb Water Pollution

Spokane, WA (April 16, 2015) — The city of Spokane is counting on a diversity of thirsty trees to help them keep the Spokane River free of pollutants. That’s the motivation behind a weekend tree giveaway — 2,000 trees and 35 varieties — to local residents.
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Jim Robbins: The Meaning of Trees in a Changing World

Helena, MT (March 30, 2015) — Last month, Mother Nature Network featured a guest column by Jim Robbins, author of “The Man Who Planted Trees: A Story of Lost Groves, the Science of Trees and a Plan to Save the Planet,” and co-producer of a documentary based on the book, now underway. Robbins believes trees could help save us … if only we’d let them. Here’s an excerpt from his column:

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Urban Trees Have Second Life As Lumber

San Marcos, CA (April 6, 2015) — The focus of an “urban Woods” conference this month at Palomar College was on how to best create a second life for landscape trees that die or must be cut down. Recycling the urban forest is economical, keeps trees out of landfills, prevents the production of greenhouse gases, and produces beautiful lumber.
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Researchers Map Seasonal Greening in U.S. Forests and Urban Areas

Asheville, NC (March 31, 2015) — Using the assessment tool ForWarn, U.S. Forest Service researchers can now monitor the growth and development of vegetation that signals winter’s end and the awakening of a new growing season. Researchers have now devised a way to more precisely characterize the beginning of seasonal greening and compare its timing with that of the 14 previous years. Such information helps land managers and urban foresters anticipate and plan for weather disturbances, insect pests, and other impacts.
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Minnesota Coalition Working to Slow the Spread of Emerald Ash Borer

St. Paul, MN (March 2015) — Minnesota has possibly more ash trees than any other State with large ash components in many of the cities’ urban forests. St. Paul and Minneapolis, for example, are comprised of 15–20 percent ash. To help slow the spread of Emerald Ash Borer, first found in the Twin Cities in 2009, a coalition of Federal and State agencies is working together with local governments and nongovernmental organizations.
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Executive Order Targets A Greener Federal Government

Washington, DC (March 19, 2015) — A new executive order signed by President Obama titled “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade,” guides federal agencies toward more sustainable government operations. The order includes planning for resiliency in the face of natural disasters and climate change, as well as implementing greener and more stringent stormwater management practices.
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