New Report: How Communities Are Managing Their Urban Trees

Stevens Point, WI (July 18, 2016) – Trees are a recognized and significant asset to communities, but to remain so, and increase in value they need care and regular maintenance. Municipal Tree Care and Management in the United States: A 2014 Urban & Community Forestry Census of Tree Activities is the fifth report over 40 years that addresses the many approaches communities take to manage public trees. Findings show how 667 communities are managing their trees on average, and how their municipal urban forestry operations are organized and funded.
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Community Orchard Blooms On Louisville Vacant Lot

Louisville, KY (July 15, 2016) – A partnership between Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government, the University of Kentucky, architectural firm Gresham Smith & Partners and the nonprofit Louisville Grows has turned a once-vacant lot into “a garden of Eden.”
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Long Beach To Study Tree Health And Create Maintenance Plan

Long Beach, CA (July 7, 2016) – As cities across Southern California have grappled with a historic drought and worked to comply with mandated watering restrictions, trees and park systems have suffered, including those in Long Beach. City officials hope to better understand the health of Long Beach’s urban forest, which contains some 92,000 street trees throughout the city.
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Saratoga Targets Drought With Trees: 2020 Trees By The Year 2020

Saratoga, CA (June 22, 2016) – Saratoga has an answer to the drought, and it involves trees–lots and lots of them. The city is aiming to plant 2,020 new trees by the year 2020. The goal is to replace the trees the city lost in the drought and revitalize tree canopies around the city.
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SUFC Advocates for Investment in Urban & Community Forestry

By Rebecca Turner, Esq., Senior Director of Programs & Policy, American Forests and Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC) Policy Working Group Co-Chair

Washington, DC (July 1, 2016) – Over the past several months, the SUFC Policy Working Group (WG) has coordinated advocacy around a number of legislative recommendations to both the House and Senate Interior and Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees on President Obama’s FY 2017 proposed budget for federal programs under the Subcommittees jurisdiction.
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Pittsburgh Counts Down To First Ever Urban FIA Project

Newtown Square, PA (June 20, 2016) – This month, the city of Pittsburgh and the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program began a first-ever urban inventory of trees, green space, and ground cover on public and private land for the greater Pittsburgh metropolitan area.
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Trees Are Good For Cities, But In Many Cities They Struggle

Washington, DC (June 17, 2016) – While research continues to demonstrate the value of trees in urban areas, studies also show that many cities don’t have enough trees or are not able to manage them properly. While the urban canopy varies from city to city, Gregory McPherson, a researcher with the Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station in Davis, Calif., and lead author on the recent study of California’s street trees, identifies three reasons for this.
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MSU Unveils Center for Urban Food Systems in Detroit

Detroit, MI (June 7, 2016) – A new facility in Detroit will become Michigan State University’s first center for studying and developing urban food systems. In addition to facilitating community best practices, research will include soil sampling and pollution remediation, pest and disease management, urban forestry, and more.
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Rust Belt Cities Go Green To Aid Urban Revival

Gary, IN (May 31, 2016) – Gary, Indiana is joining Detroit and other fading U.S. industrial centers in an effort to turn abandoned neighborhoods and factory sites into gardens, parks, and forests. In addition to the environmental benefits, these greening initiatives may help catalyze an economic recovery.
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Reno Seeks To Grow Tree Canopy

Reno, NV (May 27, 2016) – An urban forestry management plan that would almost double the size of Reno’s tree coverage during the next two decades was approved by the City Council. The plan is expected to help guide the city’s efforts to manage its tree inventory and increase canopy size from 5.2 percent to 10 percent. This comes a month after the “ReLeaf Reno” initiative to add 130,000 new trees was introduced on Arbor Day.
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