New York DEC Awards Nearly $930,000 In Urban Forestry Grants

Albany, NY (January 14, 2015) — Nearly $930,000 in state grants have been awarded for 40 urban forestry projects in communities across New York to help protect air, water and natural resources, and enhance urban communities. Combined with the urban forest grants announced on Earth Day in April ($797,437) and October ($280,391), New York State awarded more than $2 million in urban forest grants in 2014.
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Super Bowl Initiative Helps Advance Phoenix Urban Forest

Phoenix, AZ (January 10, 2015) — A total of 170 trees will be planted across the Phoenix area as part of the 10th anniversary of urban forestry at Super Bowl. This past week, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and local volunteers teamed up to plant 35 new trees at a Phoenix park as part of the initiative to make the city greener in time for the big game.
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Genetic Diversity vs. Cloned Trees and Disease Resistance

By Amy Schaarsmith, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh, PA (January 4, 2015) — Newly planted urban forests can easily succumb to disease. A rich genetic composition, however, is key to giving trees the resources to withstand a variety of environmental challenges. A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette feature talked to horticulturalists on what their research says about how to cultivate hardy urban trees.
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New Funding for Modesto’s Urban Forest

Modesto, CA (January 4, 2015) — After years of budget cuts, the new year brings new funding and staff to care for Modesto’s tens of thousands of trees. The City’s community forestry division is hiring workers, trimming trees, and restarting the city nursery. It also will plant new trees for the first time in about a decade.
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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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