National Get Outdoors Day is this Saturday, June 13th, and many state forestry agencies are working to connect you to the trees that surround you.
Today, close to 80 percent of Americans live in cities. But, thanks to the great work of state foresters and their partners, the United States urban trees and forests provide plenty of opportunity for adventure nearby.
With shovels, water and a lot of help from students, Congressman James McGovern and District 3 City Councilor George Russell took part in a ceremonial tree planting at Roosevelt Elementary School on Wednesday.
Overall, 14 trees leading to the front entryway were planted by the Worcester Tree Initiative. They included dogwoods, honey locusts and service berry trees.
An urban “heat island” is the condition where urban areas are significantly warmer than the surrounding countryside during the heat of summer due to human activity and the large amount of heat-absorbing surfaces, plus the lack of vegetation and the cooling it provides.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) was awarded the 2015 Public Awareness of Trees Award at the annual Arbor Day Awards ceremony in Nebraska City, Neb.
State Forester Lisa Allen accepted the award on behalf of the Trees Work campaign. The awards, which recognize leaders in tree planting, conservation, and environmental stewardship, are part of the annual Arbor Day weekend celebration held at Lied Lodge & Conference Center.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that the City will plant more than 11,800 trees this year in neighborhoods citywide.
“Chicago was one of the first cities in the nation that incorporated planting trees and urban forests into the city’s plan and design, and we’re proud to continue this tradition today,” said Mayor Emanuel. “True to our motto as a ‘City in a Garden,’ tree planting is a vital component of creating and maintaining healthy and vibrant neighborhoods in Chicago.”
Lydia Scott is the Director of the Chicago Region Tree Initiative for The Morton Arboretum
Chicago and its seven surrounding counties have more than 150 million trees, which make our area’s communities healthier, more sustainable and more beautiful. But the trees that grow in the Chicago area are under serious threat, with one of every five Chicago area parkway trees likely to soon be destroyed by the emerald ash borer beetle.1
With support from the Urban and Community Forestry program of the USDA Forest Service, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Bureau of Forestry & Fire is achieving goals outlined in Massachusetts’ Forest Action Plan.
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