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Main Street to Green Street: Urban Forestry in Vermont

soils cells being installed in downtown St. AlbansWhile rainstorms can rejuvenate a forest, they can also transform an urban road into a highway for pollutants.

Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation lands on surfaces like parking lots or other areas that can’t absorb it. When the water drains into nearby streams and rivers, it carries with it dirt and nutrients such as phosphorous.

Des Moines to Create Tree Inventory

The threat of the Emerald Ash Borer is forcing cities across Iowa to start taking inventory of its trees, and Des Moines now has the green light to do so. The inventory would identify hazardous trees, along with healthy trees in need of simple pruning.

Earlier this week the city council voted to send tree crews out next spring to identify and assess all trees located along streets and in the mowed areas of city parks.  It will be an “active inventory” that can be continuously updated, and Councilman Skip Moore, who is an arborist, says it will save the city money in the long run.

Green Space Growing in Bloomington, Indiana

For the first time in more than a decade, Bloomington, Indiana has increased the amount of green space in the city.

Green space is defined as the total acreage covered by trees, grass and other vegetation, according to the city’s Environmental Commission. Green space must also be greater than one acre and more than 10 feet from any man-made development such as roads, parking lots and buildings.

West Virginia Division of Forestry is Building Communities from the Roots Up

Asbury United Methodist Church and CTreeAs everyone reads this article on their respective computer screens, it’s hard to escape the sense that Americans are less connected to the outdoors.

San Juan Bay Estuary's Dynamic Mangrove Forest

Lying along the northeast coast of Puerto Rico, the 53,500-acre San Juan Bay Estuary watershed is the heart of the expanding and densely populated San Juan metropolitan area. The 2010 U.S. Census estimated the population of the area at 2,478,905, with a population density of 3,215 people a square kilometer (about half a square mile), and in some places over 8,300 people a square kilometer.

A Portrait of Toronto's Urban Forest

In collaboration with the USDA Forest Service and The University of Vermont, Spatial Analysis Laboratory, Toronto Urban Forestry has taken advantage of sophisticated modeling and remote sensing tools to paint a more detailed picture of Toronto's urban forest.

The resulting study, Every Tree Counts: A Portrait of Toronto's Urban Forest, was published in 2009 and updated in 2013.  Key findings include:

Fiscal Year 2013-2014 National Association of State Foresters Annual Report

Read the NASF Annual ReportThe National Association of State Foresters’ (NASF) FY 2013-2014 annual report is more than just an update on association accomplishments.  It is a testament to what engaged State Foresters, hard-working staff, and supportive partners did to help keep America’s

Opinion: Trees can be the answer to flooding in Detroit

In the city of Detroit, rainwater does not naturally percolate through soils, instead flowing over land into storm drains and into our Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) system. During these increasingly frequent heavy rains, millions of gallons of water overload the system into storm sewers and basement drains that can cause extensive damage to public and private property.

Save the Date: 2015 North American Envirothon Urban Forestry Competition

The North American Envirothon is North America’s largest high school environmental education competition.  Reaching more than 500,000 students across North America annually, the Envirothon succeeds in its mission to develop knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated citizens who are willing and prepared to work towards achieving a balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment.  The Envirothon is “a hands-on environmental problem-solving competition for high school-aged students in the United States and Canada.  Participating teams complete training and testing in five na


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