Urban Forests

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:

2014 Annual Report

The 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 working forests working. 

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

Migratory Bird Journeys Converge In Baltimore Gardens

To help feed and shelter migratory birds, a group of migrant women and their children participate in the Patterson Park Audubon Center's Bird Ambassadors program.
The goal is to provide a stopover for neotropical birds migrating from the East Coast to Mexico and Central America for the winter.

University of Tennessee Team Investigates Urban Trees in Green Infrastructure Installations

For their ideas in answering a challenge issued by the United States Department of Agriculture, a team lead by the University of Tennessee was recently awarded a federal grant of more than $200,000.
The project, “Storm Water Goes Green: Investigating the Benefit and Health of Urban Trees in Green Infrastructure Installations,” is a multidisciplinary effort coordinated with North Carolina State University to study the impact of trees on storm water management.

Florida Students Organize Tree-Planting Projects

Florida's aspiring Eagle Scout Orion Leavy, 15, and Mildred Helms Elementary graduate Riley Browne, 11, have taken on separate projects with similar missions: planting hundreds of trees to beautify and add more green to Largo’s landscape.

The trees for both projects will come from the city’s tree fund, which businesses and developers pay into when trees are cut down for new construction projects.