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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.

Arbor Day Foundation seeking nominations for its 2013 Arbor Day Awards

Since 1972, the Foundation has presented awards for work at the international, national, state, and community levels to recognize conservation efforts such as tree planting and care, Arbor Day celebrations, education, community projects, and roadside beautification.

You are invited to enter your own work or nominate the work of others.

Research shows importance of roadside tree lines

New research shows trees planted along a city street screen residents from tiny particles that pollute urban air. Tree leaves can capture more than 50% of the particulate matter that’s a prime component of urban pollution and a trigger for disease.

50,000 new trees make U.S. cities healthier and more resilient

More than 26,000 volunteers got their hands dirty during National NeighborWoods® Month 2013, planting 50,000 trees at events in all 50 states!

Each year, the 50,000 trees planted during National NeighborWoods® Month 2013 are estimated to:

Montana officials explore wildland-urban interface issues

This week a group of policymakers and fire scientists met at the University of Montana to explore ways to address wildland-urban interface fire issues. “Fire is something that affects us all,” said James Burchfield, dean of the College of Forestry and Conservation. “How is it that we’re going to collectively deal with that?“

December 2013 U&CF Committee Meeting Documents

Attached are documents from the December 2013 Urban and Community Forestry Committee Meeting held in Washington DC.

Nature in the city provides connection

What are the benefits of foraging in an urban forest? Researchers in Seattle have found some answers, several of which position urban gathering as a way people are connecting with nature in cities today.

Oregon State University to offer two online urban forestry courses during winter quarter

Oregon State University (OSU) is pleased to announce the availability of two online urban forestry courses during Winter Quarter 2014 (January 6 – March 21, 2014).  FES/HORT 350 Urban Forestry is an introductory undergraduate course the covers a wide range of urban forestry concepts and topics, and is suitable for anyone wanting a comprehensive understanding of the urban forestry discipline.  FES/HORT 455/555 Urban Forest Planning Policy and Management is an upper level undergraduate/graduate course that offers a detailed look at the complex challenges faced by urban fores

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