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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.

Through Urban Forestry 2020, Schools Aim to Advance Urban Forestry Profession

A multi-state team from universities in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland are working to advance the profession of urban forestry.
The team led by researchers at Virginia Tech has launched Urban Forestry 2020. The project aims to examine the challenges faced by the urban forestry profession and devise strategies for advancing the profession.
The project also includes representatives from Virginia State University, West Virginia University and the University of Maryland. It is partially funded by the U.S. Forest Service.

Sonic Tomograph Used to Determine Urban Forest Health in Missoula

To determine the future of the maple, the city of Missoula uses a device called a sonic tomograph. The Urban Forestry Division has catalogued an estimated 74 percent of municipal street and boulevard trees, and most of them are, to a trained eye, obviously healthy or obviously hazards in need of removal.

“The tree has a full canopy, but it clearly has a defect at the base,” said Christopher Gray, an arborist with the Urban Forestry Division of the Missoula Parks and Recreation Department. “Is this a high-risk tree? Low-risk tree?”

USDA Secretary Vilsack Announces the 2014 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grants

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the 2014 USDA Forest Service's National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge grant recipients.

The grants provide funding that will help enhance urban forest stewardship, support new employment opportunities, and help build resilience in the face of a changing climate.

Urban Forests Improve Quality of Life

One large front-yard tree can increase the sale price of a house by 1 percent.

A well-placed mature tree can reduce annual air conditioning costs by 2 percent to 10 percent.

It is estimated that America's urban forests store between 600 million and 990 million tons of carbon.

Money growing on trees

Trees are often considered to be expensive-to-maintain assets with little value outside of hard-to-maintain aesthetics. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District thinks otherwise: in a city that reaches temperatures of 113 degrees, they’ve found that subsidizing the planting of more than 500,000 trees is an efficient way to cut energy costs. Shaded buildings use 25-40 percent less energy during the summer: and new data from the U.S.

Tree City, Ohio

For the 33rd consecutive year, Ohio leads the nation for Tree City USA designations with 244 communities achieving the title this year. The program, which is sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters, the Arbor Day Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S.


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