MN Unveils First-Of-Its-Kind Stormwater Crediting System

Minneapolis, MN (August 28, 2014) — The state of Minnesota has developed a first-of-its kind formula and credit system that is transforming the way communities think about trees and stormwater management–potentially helping them to save thousands of dollars by investing in trees rather than pipes.
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Help the Society of Municipal Arborists Celebrate 50 Years

Washington, DC (September 15, 2014) — The Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Charlotte, NC during the Partners in Community Forestry Conference. They’d like everyone to be involved in the celebration of urban forestry. To join in, submit a photo that you believe shows great urban forestry in action–trees and people. Deadline is October 4th. Here are the details.
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Forest Heights, MD Mayor Crusades for Urban Trees

Forest Heights, MD (September 8, 2014) — Forest Heights, a Maryland town of 2,400 within commuting distance of Washington, D.C., overlooks a busy highway. Despite its name, it was not a forested community, at least not until Mayor Jacqueline Goodall got involved. Since 2008, she has planted 1,100 trees. And 500 more are about to go in the ground.
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Congress Stalls: Unlikely to Act on FY 2015 Budget

Washington, DC (September 8, 2014) – Congress heads back into session this week. While the U.S. Senate released strong funding proposals for Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) on August 1st, Congress is unlikely to move on these during election season. Instead, they’re expected to pass a “continuing resolution,” which will carry current funding levels forward until at least December and possibly into 2015.
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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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