TreesAcadiana Volunteers Plant Fruit Trees For Arbor Day

Lafayette, LA (January 30, 2016) – Volunteers with TreesAcadiana came together for Louisiana’s Arbor Day to plant a ‘food forest’ of fruit trees at Acadiana Park Nature Station. According to Sarah Schoeffler, past president and a founding member of TreesAcadiana, planting trees is crucial to prevent flooding, provide clean air and offer shelter to indigenous animals.
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Survey Request: Urban Forestry Professionals

Morgantown, WV (February 8, 2016) – Researchers at West Virginia University, as part of the Urban Forestry 2020 group commissioned by the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC), have developed a survey for urban forestry professionals. The purpose is to evaluate the status of the urban forestry profession to help guide its direction going into the future.
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New Guide: Spreading The Canopy — Trees And Public Health

Marion, IA (February 1, 2016) – Spreading the Canopy program, a U.S. Forest Service funded initiative, has released a national guide featuring projects in five locations that investigated the impact of urban trees on well being. Lessons learned and in-depth case studies will help urban forestry organizations across the country promote nature as key to healthy communities.
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Partnership Helps Renters Plant Trees

Charlotte, NC (January 28, 2016) – National developer Crescent Communities is partnering with TreesCharlotte to launch “Tree for a Key,” a program which will donate a tree to be planted every time the company signs a lease at targeted properties. The effort helps move the city to its goal of 50 percent tree canopy.
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Mitigating Winter Salt Damage To Trees And Landscape Plants

Amherst, MA (January 15, 2016) – Across the country, more than 22 million tons of road salt is used every year for road safety. As winter barreled in this past weekend to dozens of states, UMass Extension lays out the facts about the impacts of de-icing salts and how to reduce plant and tree injury from winter salt applications. Here’s there guidance.
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800 New Trees For Louisville Schools

Louisville, KY (January 16, 2016) – The newly established nonprofit group TreesLouisville will donate and plant 800 trees across 11 Louisville public school campuses in 2016, a $250,000 commitment. It’s the first major tree planting effort of the nonprofit group.
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Paris Climate Agreement: Cities Need Trees

San Francisco (January 12, 2016) – A Huffington Post editorial by Jad Daley, Director, Climate Conservation program at The Trust for Public Land, lays out the strong recognition in the final Paris climate agreement for urban trees. According to Daley, urban forests are an important and oft-overlooked piece of the carbon puzzle, providing about 8 percent of the nation’s total carbon capture in trees. Besides all that, they improve health, lower ambient temperatures, and much more.
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Arborist Weighs In On Dallas Tree Ordinance Rewrite

Dallas, TX (January 14, 2016) – Steve Houser, a consulting arborist and past chairman of the Dallas Urban Forest Advisory Committee, pens an editorial on balancing ecology and economy in a rewrite of the Dallas tree ordinance. Over 20 years ago, the value of a tree in Dallas was set at about $100 per diameter inch. Today, Houston values its trees at $240 per diameter inch. Houser breaks down what this means for “sustainable” vs. “unsustainable development. Here’s his editorial.
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“Floating Forest” To Add Instant Greenery In Rotterdam’s Harbor

Rotterdam, Netherlands (January 7, 2016) – Like oversized fishing bobbers used as flower vases, 20 trees planted in colorful buoys are designed to add whimsy and nature to Rotterdam’s industrial waterfront. The installation, named Dobberend Bos, or “bobbing forest” in Dutch, will be released into the city’s harbor in March.
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Vancouver, WA Hopes To Boost Canopy By Nearly 10 Percent

Vancouver, WA (January 4, 2016) – By 2030, Vancouver Urban Forestry hopes to boost the city’s tree canopy — the portion of land covered by tree crowns — by nearly 10 percent. Much of the tree loss is the result of urban development in parts of the city. Today, the canopy cover stands at 18.4 percent.
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