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Native trees given to community forestry efforts

Trees for Wildlife is an educational program of the National Wildlife Federation providing adult leaders with fun, hands-on science-based activities to help young people learn about the importance of trees and how to plant and take care of trees for the future.  National Wildlife Federation through the generous support of donors and funders is able to provide native trees to groups to plant in their communities.

Trees at 9/11 Memorial planted to last

The National September 11 Memorial includes two reflecting pools in the footprints of the World Trade Center’s twin towers and a beautiful collection of 412 trees.  Designers of the memorial believe in the importance of the trees both to the people who work and live in the area and to the visitors who come to pay their respects.

Urban Waters Federal Partnership webinar

A panel of speakers will present background and information on the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, which coordinates the work of 13 federal agencies.  The Urban Waters Federal Partnership established 18 Urban Waters Pilot locations, with the goal of working closely with local partners to restore urban waterways and revitalize communities.  Special emphasis will be given to showcasing the opportunities for USDA Forest Service field units and state forestry agencies to be involved with the pilot sites. 

ACTrees offers grants to promote NeighborWoods Month

We want to help make your National NeighborWoods Month events more memorable and successful.  This year ACTrees is offering Mini-Grants of up to $500 to help ACTrees member organizations promote and improve their October tree activities.  They have a limited number of grants available, so take a look at the details and apply soon—the d

Chicago Botanic Garden evaluates effects of climate on urban forest

A Chicago Botanic Garden study evaluating the effects of a warming climate on the region’s urban forest has identified 40 tree varieties likely to thrive in 2050, but predicts other types now flourishing in the area will begin to decline.  The research also underscores the importance of pl

ACTrees launches new Community Groves program

Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees) announces the launch of Community Groves, a program to improve the health and livability of neighborhoods through planting, maintaining, and harvesting fruit and nut trees.  “Healthy trees make healthy communities, and local food sourcing is enhanced when fruit and nut trees are added to community gardens,” said Carrie Gallagher, Executive Director of ACTrees.

TreeVitalize revitalizes western Pennsylvania

Students from Keystone Oaks High School were among nearly 50 residents who helped plant 19 trees provided by TreeVitalize Pittsburgh, a five-year-old partnership led by Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.  More than 19,000 trees have been planted since the program started in 200

Join a celebration of trees in October!

Be a part of the 2013 national action campaign to celebrate and plant community trees!  Register all of your October tree plantings, trees workshops, urban greening days, invasive removals, and other tree events at It’s easy to register to be a part of National NeighborWoods Month, and demonstrates the great work your organization is doing. 

ACTrees calls for nominations to Board of Directors

ACTrees 2013 Nominating Committee Chair, Ray Tretheway, invites you to nominate an individual who will serve as Director on the ACTrees Board of Directors for a three year term.  The Committee seeks individuals who can lead ACTrees membership and program partner organizations as well as those whose professional expertise will support the organization’s growth and impact.  This includes educators, community leaders, researchers, business leaders, and stakeholders in

Urban Releaf provides relief for Oakland

When director Kemba Shakur started an urban forestry nonprofit organization 15 years ago, the goal was to address the ecological needs of the community, which was in desperate need of more trees and greenery.  When she first moved to Oakland in 1994, 57th street didn’t have a single tree.  Now, the block boasts over 30 trees and counting. 


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