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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Fires, Disease, Pests and More Threaten Urban Trees

Dubuque, IA (July 10, 2014) — A recent article from The Sustainability Network features a host of voices in the urban forestry industry on the threats to trees in our cities. While trees provide numerous benefits to communities–energy savings, shade, runoff mitigation, and more–we continue to cut down these trees faster than we replace them, according to the U.S. Forest Service. What’s the role of the Forest Service, along with national and local nonprofits, in protecting urban trees?
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Tree Pittsburgh Hires Goats to Manage Invasive Species

Pittsburgh, PA (July 8, 2014) — Tree Pittsburgh regularly uses human volunteers to weed, mulch, and water the city’s trees. The organization has now added new recruits, hiring more than 30 goats from a local farm to clear undergrowth on tricky terrain–a steep hillside. The goal is to clear the area of invasive species to prepare it for the planting of restoration trees.
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U.S. Mayors Renew Climate Protection Agreement

Dallas, TX (June 23, 2014) — At the 82nd Annual U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting last month in Dallas, Texas, the nation’s mayors renewed their longstanding commitment to fight climate change by reducing carbon emissions and promoting energy independence.
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Texas Youth Organizes Tree Planting for Girl Scout “Gold Award”

Fort Worth, TX (July 7, 2014) – A Texas 14-year-old, inspired to provide some shade for elementary students walking to school, made it her Girl Scout “Gold Award” project to plant 33 trees. Bailey Smith sought donations and organized 25 student volunteers to plant the trees along 800 square feet of sidewalk leading to a local elementary school. She has plans for ongoing maintenance as well.
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Fellowship Program at the World Forestry Center

Portland, OR (June 30, 2014) — The International Fellowship Program at the World Forestry Center announces 6–12 month fellowships. The Fellowship is a unique opportunity to learn about sustainable forestry from the Pacific Northwest forestry sector, and to work with colleagues from around the world.
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SITES v2 Rating System for Sustainable Landscapes Now Available

Austin, TX (June 13, 2014) — A comprehensive system for developing sustainable landscapes, the SITES v2 Rating System, has been released by the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) program for use by landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers, policymakers and others who work in land design and development.
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Your Turn: Reader Response

Washington, DC (June 30, 2014) — Our article, “Are Some Trees Adding to Urban Pollution?,” in the June 23rd issue of Treebune News drew reader interest. It reported on a Scientifc American feature about research out of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany, that describes how some trees and greenery can actually raise the ozone level. Here’s the response from horticulturists at the University of California Cooperative Extension.
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Ann Arbor Adopts Urban Forest Management Plan

Ann Arbor, MI (June 24, 2014) — The Ann Arbor City Council has unanimously adopted a new Urban and Community Forestry Management Plan. Years in the making, the plan provides policy direction and guidance to city staff on efforts to sustainably maintain and expand the city’s tree canopy. It includes 17 recommendations, including monitoring threats to tree health.
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