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Nebraska native creates her own arboretum

Wanda Kelly’s yard is something special – the Nebraskan native has filled her yard in rural Thurston with hundreds of different trees.  Known as the “Tree Lady,” this home-made arboretum covers four acres, and she’s constantly adding

2014 TD Green Streets grant recipients announced

On March 7th, TD Bank and the Arbor Day Foundation announced the winners of TD Green Streets, a grant program supporting innovation in urban forestry.  Each $20,000 grant will fund projects in underserved communities, including the purchase of trees, tree planting, maintenance costs and educational activities.

Research suggests link between trees and lower crime rates

A new study in Baltimore City and Baltimore County have found that with a few exceptions, the frequency of crimes reported in a particular area goes down as the tree cover gets thicker.  Just a 10 percent increase in leaf canopy was associated with a 12 percent drop in crime.  The study supports arguments by advocates that environmental factors can fight crime, and challenges the notion that thick vegetation gives cover to would-be criminals.

Park planned for abandoned railway to serve as “urban oasis”

A 3-mile long stretch of abandoned elevated railway on Chicago’s northwest side is undergoing a rapid transformation into a park called the 606, after the local area code.  Like the High Line in Manhattan’s West Side, the park will serve as an urban trail, creating a large (but narrow) green space for the community.

Chemicals found in urban soils may contaminate gardens

Urban gardening can be a great way to gain access to fresh food and time outdoors, and our urban forests massively benefit our communities, but gardeners should be wary of potential toxic metals and chemicals in the soil.

Community tree mortality linked to life-threatening illnesses

The emerald ash borer is a forester’s nightmare: the much detested insect was first detected in 2002 and has since felled over 100 million ash trees.  Aside from the obvious damage and injuries caused by falling trees, the barren streets and parks have been linked to a more long-term problem: higher rates of death from cardiovascular and respiratory tract illnesses. 

Kids get moving with help from school gardens

Besides providing fresh produce, schools with gardens are helping kids stay healthy in other ways: a two-year Cornell study of 12 elementary schools in New York

“Green Infrastructure” survey needs responses

Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, the National Association of Regional Councils, and partner organizations such as Arbor Day Foundation are working on a project designed to create tools that regional councils can use to promote growing urban forestry programs among their member municipalities.  By taking this survey, which should take less than 20 minutes, you will help create a sketch of the current landscape for green infrastructure and urban forestry. 

Call for Proposals: Partners in Community Forestry Conference 2014

The Partners in Community Forestry National Conference will be held November 5-6 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  This conference serves as the annual, national gathering for urban forestry professionals and advocates: examples of last year’s presentations can be found here.  The

Free trees in Cleburne, Texas

A tornado in Cleburne, Texas managed to wreak havoc, damaging and destroying 8.5 miles of homes, businesses and landscapes.  The loss of trees in the area has correlated with a decrease in shade, energy efficiency, and property values. To bring the community together and help it recover, H.E.B, the Texas Tree Foundation, ReTreet America, Texas A&M Forest Service, the City of Cleburne, and Cross Timbers Urban Forestry are providing free trees to homeowners in the affected area.

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