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Louisville is Warming Faster than Any Other City, and Trees are the Coolest Response

Brian Stone Jr. knows the urban heat island phenomenon well. Stone is one of the country’s foremost experts in urban heat; he has made a career of literally taking the temperature of communities. “Cities essentially create their own climates,” he says. “And the urban heat island effect is one way to measure that. There’s a heat island effect, really, in every large city.”

But in few places is it felt more than in Louisville, sometimes to deadly effect.

Opinion: The Benefits of Oregon's Healthy Urban Forests

“Urban forestry,” the care and management of trees to improve the urban environment, is becoming better known and more appreciated. However, the fact remains that most people don’t stop often to think about the many benefits trees in urban settings provide both people and communities. There’s still work to be done.

Current Urban and Community Forestry Projects in American Samoa

Blog submitted by Daisy Masela Talatau, Urban & Community Forestry Program Coordinator. Talatau works for the Forestry Division at American Samoa Community College's Land Grant Community and Natural Resources.

USDA Forest Service Studying New York City's Urban Ecology

Deep in the woods at Alley Pond Park in Queens is a laboratory that looks like something out of a weather fanatic’s wild imagination.
 

Attached to a lofty oak are a webcam and a wind vane, humidity and temperature sensors, rain gauges and instruments to measure solar radiation. The high-tech tools, which transmit information in real time, are part of the USDA Forest Service’s new “smart forest” initiative, in which data is collected from selected woodlands to help scientists manage landscapes in a changing climate.

Maine's Project Canopy: Trees Make Our Lives Better

Photo of Maine by 2013 NASF Foundation photographer Joel PrinceBlog submitted by Jan Ames Santerre.

Project Canopy is about people. The program educates people about the benefits trees provide, and how trees make people's lives better.

Transplanting Alaska's Trees the Air Spade Way

Moving the rootball in Sitka, AlaskaAn air spade is an air excavation tool used by arborists, foresters, and utilities. Read about how the city of Sitka, Alaska uses the tool to successfully transplant their precious urban infrastructure: trees. Blog submitted by Patricia Joyner.

21 Michigan cities, others get urban forest grants

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says 21 cities, conservation districts and other recipients will be awarded federal grants for urban forestry projects.
    
A total of $90,132 will be divided among the winners. The competitive grant program is sponsored by the DNR and the U.S. Forest Service.
    
It promotes activities such as tree planting, community tree inventories, management plans and education projects that promote urban forestry.
    

Tips for Protecting Trees and Shrubs in Vermont

If you live in the northeast, here are some tree health tips from the Vermont Garden Journal: 

Most garden plants have gone dormant for the season in Vermont, and its important to protect your trees and shrubs.

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