Five Reasons To Promote Urban Agriculture in Your City

Washington, DC (May 8, 2015) — Need more reasons to promote fruit and nut trees in your community? Here they are. Allison Paisner with the Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities, and former ACTrees intern, gives us five reasons — and this is just a start.
(more…)

Tree Stewards Critical To Care of Las Cruces Urban Forest

Las Cruces, NM (May 14, 2015) — Volunteers with Las Cruces Tree Stewards are proving critical to the city — and its 257,000 trees: planting, inventorying, and caring for them. The program works to increase the number of trees and create more shade in public spaces through a partnership between the Parks and Recreation Department and Keep Las Cruces Beautiful.
(more…)

The Morton Arboretum Releases Guide to Selecting and Planting Trees

Lisle, IL (April 27, 2015) — It takes only a short time to plant a tree, but how a tree is planted can have a lasting influence on its future growth. To help retailers, landscape architects, municipalities and homeowners select trees that will thrive for the future, The Morton Arboretum has introduced its updated guide to Selecting and Planting Trees, along with the new Northern Illinois Tree Species List, a comprehensive list of trees available for planting in northern Illinois.
(more…)

LA Psychiatrist Prescribes A Walk Among His 120 Trees

Los Angeles, CA (April 27, 2015) — Trees and people are inextricably linked, and our mutual relationship has the power to heal and create change. From our friends at TreePeople, meet a local psychiatrist, Dr. David May, who has transformed his property into a healing space he uses for his patients. There are over a hundred trees gracing the grounds — a thriving urban forest that is truly changing lives.
(more…)

Hantz Woodlands Plants 5,000 More Trees in Detroit

Detroit, MI (April 18, 2015) — Last May, more than 1,400 volunteers planted 15,000 saplings in a desolate section of Detroit once consumed with blight. This year, the future inner-city forest will expand to include 5,000 more trees as part of Hantz Woodlands efforts to transform the area.
(more…)

New Study Reveals Chicagoans’ Take on Trees

LISLE, IL (April 28, 2015) – Chicago and its seven surrounding counties have more than 150 million trees–trees that make communities healthier, more sustainable and more beautiful. Yet Chicago-area trees are under threat, with one of every five parkway trees likely to soon be destroyed by the emerald ash borer beetle.
(more…)

California Communities Learn to Preserve Trees While Conserving Water

Palo Alto, CA (April 27, 2015) — Champions of the urban forest know that planting trees is just the beginning. Urban trees offer profound benefits — improved public health, enhanced quality of life for all residents, and a wealth of ecosystem services — but a vibrant urban forest must be protected and maintained. In many California communities, this investment now faces a serious threat: drought.
(more…)

Imagining a Green and “Urban Self-Reliant” New York City

New York, NY (April 15, 2015) — A recent article in The New Yorker featured a profile of Michael Sorkin, an architect and urban planner, who runs Terreform, a non-profit devoted to architecture that is both urban and green. Two years ago, Terreform began a project called New York City (Steady) State, which investigates the possibility of “urban self-reliance”; its goal is to figure out what an optimally self-sufficient NYC might look like. How would such a city function? And what would it be like to live on its leafy and fruitful streets?
(more…)

Mapping a City’s Trees — Trunk By Trunk

New York, NY (April 14, 2015) — New York web developer and designer Jill Hubley’s recent work has drawn the attention of tree lovers — and the technology crowd. She has created an interactive visual map of each of the city’s 592,130 urban trees using data from the 2005–2006 Street Tree Census. Search by individual tree or species.
(more…)