Forest Action Plans: Guidelines for Forests

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Urban Forests

The USDA Forest Service’s Community Forest and Open Space Program – $4 million

Application Due: January 15, 2014

Eligible Entities: Local governments, federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Native Corporations, and non-profits who are eligible to hold title to land for conservation purposes.

University of Arizona harvests campus olive trees to make olive oil

Funded by the UA Green Fund, Linking Edible Arizona Forests is working to harvest many of the olive trees on University of Arizona campus to turn into olive oil.  Student and community volunteers spent Veterans Day harvesting the olives.

The Conservation Fund promotes land conservation and tree planting in Detroit

Once home to 1.9 million people, Detroit now has just 700,000 residents, leaving an estimated 30,000 acres of distressed land. Its rivers are polluted, and its parks are left with no one to care for them.   The Conservation Fund’s hallmark approach is based on the idea that for conservation solutions to last, they need to make economic sense. They’ve taken on several projects with the intent to support green businesses and restore Detroit’s green spaces.

Take your urban forestry efforts to a new level with the Municipal Forestry Institute

Are you ready to take your urban forestry efforts to the next level?  Did you know that the Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI) can help take you there? MFI is a one-week intensive experience that covers Leadership, Strategic Planning and Thinking, Collaboration, and Communications.

The next MFI will be held during the last week of February, 2014, at the Lied Conference Center in Nebraska City NE.  The registration deadline is coming up on December 1, 2013.

Recreation area recognized as state's first Connecticut Grown Community Forest

Following the development of a sustainable forest management plan, the 223-acre Crescent Lake Recreation Area has been recognized for taking key steps toward sustainable woodland management.

Large urban forest planned for Detroit’s vacant lots

After five years, Detroit has reached agreement with a private investor to transform 1,500 vacant and blighted city-owned lots (more than 140 acres) into an urban forest. The first phase of planting will be hardwood trees such as maple and oak, planted in straight rows.

Trees a factor in real estate sales and apartment rentals

New real estate web site has started tracking trees with Green Heat Maps. Neighborhoods that are “green” hot make a big difference to potential renters when they look at all the factors that create a neighborhood where they want to live, especially in high-density urban areas like New York City and Brooklyn.

NeighborWoods Photo Contest

Grab your camera and document urban forestry volunteers in action during National NeighborWoods

MIT research reveals the power of community engagement

New research confirms the value of engaging the full community when planning and planting urban trees.  The research explores the evolution of the urban planning and design of public places towards a process called “placemaking”.


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