Miami Neighborhoods Receive Grants to Plant 200 Trees

Miami, FL (December 2, 2104) — Million Trees Miami Campaign hopes to raise Miami-Dade County’s tree canopy from 14% to 30% by 2020. The campaign, launched by Miami-Dade Community Image Advisory Board, recently received $100,000 in grants to plant trees in two tree-deprived neighborhoods.
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Dying Ash Trees Create Headache for Cities

By Tina Casagrand, for National Geographic

Kansas City, MO (December 2, 2014) – A recent National Geographic article reports on community response to the continued assault on ash trees by the emerald ash borer (EAB). A native of East Asia, the EAB has already devastated entire ash populations in northern cities such as Detroit, where it first appeared in 2002. Since then, the insect has swept into 22 states across the U.S.
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Queens, NY Park a Stage for “Smart Forest” Initiative

Queens, NY (December 3, 2014) — Alley Pond Park in Queens has transformed into a high-tech laboratory as part of the U.S. Forest Service’s new “smart forest” initiative, in which data is collected from selected woodlands to help scientists manage landscapes in a changing climate.
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Coalition of NGOs Pledge Support for Urban Waters Partnership

Washington, DC (December 3, 2014) — A broad coalition of 27 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including Alliance for Community Trees, have pledged to support the Urban Waters Federal Partnership as it works to restore waterways and revitalize communities across the country. The NGOs will align resources, funding, and expertise with federal efforts to restore urban waters and parks, increase outdoor recreation, and engage residents and youth.
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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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