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Volunteers show urban forestry is important cities both big and small

In recognition of the great work being done by the Friends of the Seminary Hill Natural Area, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Community Forestry Council (WCFC) awarded its first Urban Forest Stewardship Award for 2014. The non-profit works with the City of Centralia in Southwest Washington state to maintain the natural area. 

Socializing under the trees in Baltimore, MD

New research demonstrates (yet again) the social benefits that spring from trees: findings suggest that more street trees in public areas positively correlate with social capital.  Researchers at the State University of New York linked social survey data from a tes

Popular free urban forestry tool re-vamped for 2014

The Forest Service just released the “i-Tree 2014” on January 22nd.  The widely-used software has been used in over 100 countries, and has made economic and ecological assessment of trees much more convenient for communicates, non-profit organizations, consultants and students around the world since its initial release in 2006.  

Volunteers crucial to maintaining urban forests

An article by Philp Silva in The Nature of Cities reminds us that the cost of planting thousands of trees in our cities is nothing – compared to the price of maintaining them.  Urban trees, once planted, yield no tangible monetary benefit (they can never be sold for timber) and rarely come with a plan for maintenance, despite the fact that young trees require much attention and care.  This means that the sustainability of our urban fo

Municipal Forestry Institute offers week-long training in urban forestry

The Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI) is offering a week-long intensive educational program that specializes in the leadership and managerial aspects of urban forestry.  This includes management tools of program administration, coalition building, strategic thinking, program planning, and public relations.  It is recommended for people who plan, manage, and administer urban forestry programs and all are welcome to attend! 

Living in green areas better for your health than winning the lottery

A growing body of evidence establishing the link between urban green spaces and a positive impact on human well-being shows more lasting, positive effects than those felt by individuals who win large sums of money in the lottery. 

December 2013 U&CF Committee Meeting Notes

Attached are the meeting notes from the December 2013 meeting.

John Rosenow, the founder of the Arbor Day Foundation, announces transition to retirement

John Rosenow announced to the Arbor Day Foundation board of trustees that he will retire as chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation effective July 1, 2014 and begin a role as an advisor.

Mr. Rosenow started the Arbor Day Foundation in 1972, the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance. Celebrated in all 50 states and many countries around the world, Arbor Day is the oldest environmental holiday. With nearly a million members, the Foundation is the largest environmental nonprofit dedicated to planting trees.

2014 Partners in Community Forestry National Conference set for November 5-6

The Arbor Day foundation and partner organizations are hosting the conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Additional conferences, workshops, and trainings in coordination with the Partners in Community Forestry National Conference will be held throughout the week of November 3-7.  Join your urban and community forestry peers for expansive networking and educational opportunities!

Urban wildlife movement begins

An article by Richard Conniff predicts the start of an “urban wildlife movement” due to the dramatic increase in urban areas and the corresponding loss of wildlife.  Looking for ways to prevent further losses, Conniff says that it is not enough for cities to “plant a million trees, preach the gospel of backyard gardens, or build green roofs and smart streets.

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