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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.

It's Arbor Day in Texas

Today is Texas Arbor Day, and it's during the best time of year to plant trees across Texas.

The first Texas Arbor Day was observed in 1889, celebrating the benefits that trees provide over a lifetime. To plant trees this weekend, Texans should select trees that are well-suited to a site. The mature size of a tree should be considered. Bear in mind that while you may plant a tree on your property, years later, it may affect neighboring property, sidewalks or streets.

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.

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