Everyone has a favorite tree – a source of fun, shade or solace when we just need a quiet place. Thanks to a recent report, “Vibrant Cities & Urban Forests: A National Call to Action,” we now know our trees also provide so much more. Trees can create jobs and help reduce chronic illnesses like asthma and obesity. Trees can increase home values and lower summer temperatures. Trees make our air cleaner and provide habitat for native animals. In short, trees are the key to a vibrant, healthy community.
After more than 20 years of research, David Nowak, who heads USFS’s Northeastern research unit, thinks he knows. He’s leading an effort to standardize tree valuation. The U.S. Forest Service’s i-Tree platform calculates a city’s "leaf surface area," and gives trees an economic value, from the environmental services they provide. How much carbon stored? How much ozone, nitrogen, particulates, removed?
Last week the Maryland General Assembly passed HB 706, more commonly referred to as the Forest Preservation Act of 2013. State Forester Steve Koehn was integral facilitating the process that provided the General Assembly with the background and information to support the passage of the Forest Preservation Act of 2013.
Hundreds of volunteers joined together to plant more than 100 trees to help restore Indianapolis’s canopy last weekend. Local forestry experts said emerald ash borer beetle is killings the city’s tree canopy, and they are facing an uphill battle.
A new online resource is available to help answer questions about purposefully selecting, planting and maintaining trees for energy conservation. A national research and education based website, eXtension, supported by 74 land-grant universities, has launched this resource for homeowners, tree care professionals, business and community leaders and others.
NASF has been giving our Smokey Bear and other fire prevention educational materials a makeover! Our online Educational Materials Store has the perfect items to complement your outreach efforts. You'll find new items like Smokey temporary tattoos, pencils and zipper pulls, and don't miss our new bookmark and postcards with classic Smokey artwork.
Seattle has always been known for being "green." After all, it has the earned it's nickname due to the lush evergreen trees in the surrounding area. Now local government and organizations are putting more of a focus on their urban forests by looking for volunteers (forest or tree stewards).
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