Vin Diesel Redirects Ice Bucket Challenge to “Plant a Tree for Groot!”

(August 18, 2014) — Action star Vin Diesel puts his own spin on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. After Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn challenged Diesel to take an ice bucket for ALS, he accepted, but issued his own challenge back to Gunn: “But I raise you, plant a tree for Groot.” The tree planting challenge is gaining steam. Your turn: Accept our challenge to plant a tree during October’s National NeighborWoods® Month.
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Forest Spokane Initiative Takes Root

Spokane, WA (August 15, 2014) — The city of Spokane is in the early stages of an initiative to strengthen the city’s tree canopy and improve green infrastructure around the Evergreen State’s second-largest city. This spring, the city announced its Forest Spokane program which aims to add 10,000 new trees in the next two years.
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Tech Companies Challenged to Invest in San Francisco’s Urban Forest

San Francisco, CA (August 17, 2014) — San Francisco’s withering urban forest has found a new friend in the local tech community. After UberConference, a San Francisco-based audio conferencing product, volunteered to plant trees with Alliance for Community Trees member Friends of the Urban Forest, #TechPlantsSF was launched. The campaign invites the local tech community to invest in planting 120 trees and converting sidewalk into natural ground during the month of September.
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Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Awarded EPA Grant to Improve Greenspace

Washington, DC (July 17, 2014) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced $2.1 million in grants to 37 organizations in 17 states and Puerto Rico to help protect and restore urban waters, improve water quality, and support community revitalization and other local priorities. ACTrees member Pennsylvania Horticultural Society was awarded a grant to help improve and maintain city greenspace.
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Natural Disaster Planning to Protect Urban and Community Forests

Chicago, IL (August 11, 2014) — In the wake of increasingly devastating storms, experts from government and the private sector gathered in June for a two-day scoping session on necessary best practices to protect urban and community forests before, during, and after natural disasters. The result is “Hazardous Tree Management and Post-Disaster Recovery,” a new resource for urban planners and emergency personnel.
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New EPA Report on Managing Vacant and Abandoned Properties

Saginaw, MI (July 2014) — A new report from the U.S. EPA’s Smart Growth Program, Managing Vacant and Abandoned Property in the Green Zone of Saginaw, Michigan, is aimed at helping communities that face the  challenge of returning vacant and abandoned properties to productive use. Trees and green infrastructure play an important role.
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Trees Forever and Partners Raise Awareness About Tree Pollinators

Marion, Iowa (July 28, 2014) – Iowa-based Trees Forever, along with national partners Operation Pollinator and the US Forest Service, kicked off a 10-second public service announcement (PSA) this month is New York City’s Time Square. It’s helping to raise awareness about the importance of conserving and planting trees that support pollinators, such as birds, bees, butterflies, bats, and moths.
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University of Tennessee Awarded Grant to Study Urban Trees and Storm Water

Knoxville, TN (July 17, 2014) — In response to a challenge issued by the US Department of Agriculture, a team lead by University of Tennessee was recently awarded a federal grant of more than $200,000. The project, “Storm Water Goes Green: Investigating the Benefit and Health of Urban Trees in Green Infrastructure Installations,” is a multidisciplinary effort coordinated with North Carolina State University to study the impact of trees on storm water management.
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Study Shows Savannah Tree Canopy Shrinking

Savannah, GA (July 15, 2014) — Chatham County, GA has lost the equivalent of three football fields of tree canopy every day, on average, over the last 15 years, according to an ongoing analysis commissioned by the Savannah Tree Foundation. Most of the loss is in locations where developers have razed pine plantations and natural hardwood forests to make way for houses, parking lots, warehouses, and businesses.
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