Urban Forests

Map: 25 Years of Urban Forestry Funding in Colorado

Twenty five years ago, the passage of the 1990 Farm Bill marked the formal beginning of the Colorado State Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) program.

The U&CF program created an online story map celebrating 25 years of noteworthy grant-funded projects since this landmark legislation, complete with historical photos and other images. The story map highlights 10 noteworthy grant awards/planting projects that demonstrate the broad impact of urban forestry efforts in Colorado on cities large and small.

Nebraska State Forester Appointed to NUCFAC

NASF is pleased to announce that Nebraska State Forester Scott Josiah has been appointed to the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC).

Texans Celebrate Arbor Day

Texans from across the state gathered to honor all of the ways trees enrich lives and stabilize the environment  during the State Arbor Day celebration at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station.

The festivities closed out a year-long celebration of Texas A&M ForestService’s centennial year and the "History in the Making: Texas A&M Forest Service" exhibit at the museum which chronicles the last 100 years of the agency.

325-year-old oak growing strong at a Kentucky airport

More than a hundred years before Kentucky became a state, a small white oak seed burrowed its way into the dirt in what is now western Franklin County. The year was around 1690.

The tree, which began on what was British-owned soil, would continue to grow strong and sturdy on free American land with the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. 

Toronto urban forest public art installation campaign underway

Wouldn’t our neighborhoods be better if we just had more trees? That’s the question the Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF), in partnership with the City of Toronto, want residents to ask themselves when they see its new public art campaign.

“We’re basically reaching out to Torontonians and asking them to imagine a greener Toronto,” said Janet McKay, the executive director of LEAF.

She said the concept behind the art that people will be seeing is to catch their attention with “something that seems different, or out of place.”

2015 Resolutions

The following resolutions were approved on September 15, 2015 at the Annual Meeting in Olympic Valley, California.

Resolution 2015-01—Tax Reform. This resolution adopts the policy statement, “Tax Policy and its Relationship to Managing and Protecting the Nation’s Forest Resource.”            

Policy Statement 2015-01—Tax Reform. This policy statement was adopted by resolution 2015-01.

New urban fruit orchard to benefit underserved Canadians

Two new community orchards in Canada will provide health benefits to formerly homeless tenants, help the environment, beautify the northeast neighbourhood and build community, according to the people behind the project.

“The folks that are receiving these donations of trees are folks that might otherwise not have access to fresh fruit,” said Stephanie Jackman.

She’s the founder and president of a Canadian business association called REAP, which stands for Respect for the Earth and All People.

Feeling down? Take a hike

A new study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression.

Specifically, the study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, found that people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area, as opposed to participants who walked in a high-traffic urban setting, showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.

Simple Way to Check if Your Trees Need Water

A simple test using a screwdriver can help you see if a tree is dried out and needs more water, said Kelly Conroy with the Sacramento Tree Foundation.

"Drive [the screwdriver] into the ground about six inches, and you can feel if the soil is dry and crumbly, then it needs some water, or if it comes up muddy or sticky, then you're probably good to let it dry out for a couple of days," said Conroy.

The Melbourne Treemail Phenomenon

Some people talk to their plants. In Melbourne, they email the trees. This became possible thanks to a decision to map every tree in the city and give it a unique ID number.

About 3,000 emails have been sent to individual trees in the last two years. People even began sending personal messages to the trees. This didn't start out as an exercise in sentiment, but a hard-headed attempt by Melbourne city council to manage an urban forest in decline - as a result of drought, by 2009 40% of the 77,000 trees in Australia's "garden city" were struggling or dying.