Vote Now To Influence Urban Forestry For The Next Ten Years

Washington, DC (November 24, 2014) — Help grow the future of America’s community trees. The Project Team for the Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan of the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) is inviting all urban forest leaders to comment and vote on how to guide funding priorities for the next decade of urban and community forestry. Cast your vote.
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Minnesota County Gets A Jump on Invasive Pests

Sherburne County, MN (November 24, 2014) — The small communities of Sherburne County were aware emerald ash borer (EAB) would soon descend, but like so many Midwestern towns urban tree care is managed by over-stretched public works departments. Here’s how they organized around a management plan.
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New DC Standards Give More Soil to Street Trees

Washington, DC (November 13, 2014) — To combat the city’s shrinking tree canopy, a new set of design standards for Washington, DC, will ensure that new construction on the roads and in public spaces include enough soil so that urban trees can thrive.
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Does Planting Trees Make You a Better Citizen?

Baltimore, MD (November 4, 2014) — A post-election op-ed from Dana R. Fisher, author and director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland, posits that planting trees can be a viable way of getting people involved in the practice of democracy. Literally putting roots in the ground gets people more involved in other aspects of community life, including voting and other political involvement.
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Food Forest Takes Root in the Quad Cities

Davenport, IA (November 3, 2014) — About 100 volunteers in southwest Davenport planted 90 pawpaw, American persimmon, chestnut and pecan tree saplings. It’s the start of a volunteer-led food forest in the Quad Cities, five communities straddling the Mississippi River on the Iowa-Illinois boundary. The goal is to provide fresh, health food for anyone who wants to pick it.
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EPA Releases Sustainable Communities and Green Infrastructure Guide

Washington, DC (October, 2014) — This month the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a guide to help local governments, water utilities, nonprofit organizations, neighborhood groups, and other stakeholders integrate green infrastructure strategies to better manage stormwater. This approach also has the benefit of helping communities to achieve other environmental, public health, social, and economic benefits.
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Minneapolis Begins Eight-Year Ash Canopy Replacement Plan

Minneapolis, MN (October 25, 2014) — The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is taking action to prevent the emerald ash borer from destroying its parks and boulevards. It’s begun the first phase of the Minneapolis Ash Canopy Replacement Plan, an eight-year project that will cost more than a million dollars a year and is funded by a levy.
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New 11th Street Bridge Park for Washington, DC

Washington, DC (October 15, 2014) — A pair of architectural firms from the Netherlands and Philadelphia are the winners of a competition to design a $40 million park that would traverse the Anacostia River and help unite the communities along its banks. The 11th Street Bridge Park project aims to erect a public gathering place and greenspace atop piers that held up the old 11th Street Bridge before it was replaced.
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U. Penn to Plant Campus Orchard

Philadelphia, PA (October 16, 2014) — This week, the University of Pennsylvania community will come together to plant a campus orchard. The 26 fruit trees will serve to foster beneficial insects for pest control, provide food to the local community, and be an educational research lab for students and faculty.
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New Guide for Planning City’s Green Infrastructure

Washington, DC (September 3, 2014) — The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has launched a guide that illustrates the environmental and economic value of “green infrastructure” — designed systems, including urban trees and greenspace, that harness nature to create proven benefits for communities and the environment.
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