Chicago is estimated to have about 157,142,000 trees, with a tree and shrub canopy that covers 2% of the region. These trees remove about 677,000 tons of carbon per year and 18,080 tons of air pollution per year. Including reduced costs in residential energy and a few other factors, these trees are estimated to have a compensatory value of $51.2 billion.
An enormous red oak in Queens measuring 5 feet across and approaching 300 years of age was felled in 2010 by a tornado. Named the Robin Hood tree, it had been a well-loved fixture on 84th avenue for many years, towering over the neighborhood at 8 stories high.
The Forest Service’s Northern Research Station recently led a study to forecast forest conditions over the next 50 years in the 20-state region extending from Maine to Minnesota and from Missouri to Maryland. They found five short and long-term factors that will be “highly influential regardless of the nature and magnitude of the effects of climate change," said lead author Stephen Shifley, a research forester with the Northern Research Station.
“Climate change information is often presented at scales that are hard to digest,” said Stephen Handler, the lead author for the Michigan Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis, “This report is designed to give forest managers in Michigan the best possible science of effects of climate change for our particular forest ecosystems, so they can make climate-informed decisions about management today.”
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the USDA Forest Service – State and Private Forestry (USFS) partnered to create the Appalachian Forest Renewal Initiative, which will allocate $678,000 to State Foresters or their designated partners to restore forests on degraded mined land areas. Sites will span Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. These six grants will provide a 1:1 match in additional funds and in
A new study suggests that woodland salamanders play a significant role in the global carbon cycle. Tiny but abundant, on an average day, a salamander eats 20 ants of all sizes, two fly or beetle larvae, one adult beetle and half of an insect called the springtail. Their prey consists almost entirely of shredding invertebrate, bugs that spend their lives ripping leaves to little bits to eat them.
The value of trees – which comes in terms of natural heating and cooling, particulate matter removal, carbon storage, mood-boosting, crime stopping, and more – isn’t always accounted for in public and private planning activities in cities as they budget to plant and maintain urban canopies. The Climate Action Reserve (CAR)
Urban gardening can be a great way to gain access to fresh food and time outdoors, and our urban forests massively benefit our communities, but gardeners should be wary of potential toxic metals and chemicals in the soil.
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