American Forests recently published an online resource guide for urban forest assessments. The intent is that practitioners in the field as well as city planners and managers will be able to use this resource to help establish a starting point from which to improve their urban forest.
A 13-year-old Washington State resident, Isaac Heiman, has taken a community project to a whole new level. Starting as a service project for his Aug. 3 bar mitzvah, Issac has inspired others to plant trees from Washington to Israel and Guatemala.
With support from the NASF Foundation and NASF have chosen the 2013 Photography Fellow. This year's fellow, Joel Prince of Ohio, was chosen from a pool of candidates who submitted their applications and portfolios earlier this month. The theme for this year's photo fellowship is "Embrace the Possibilities."
In the past few weeks alone, thousands of acres have burned in Southern California and New Mexico. Oklahoma and Texas have seen rampant devastation by multiple tornadoes, and with the 2013 tropical storm season now officially underway, climatologists are predicting more and stronger storms for the coasts this summer.
Many cities have been searching for a solution to flash rainstorms that can result in urban flooding and pollution of drinking water sources. Urban infrastructure designers have worked hard to address these issues and one solution seems to be taking hold.
Research at Clark University in Worcester, MA, where 30,000 trees have been removed since the Asian Longhorn Beetle (ALB) was found in the area, looked at various aspects of the infestation and responses to it.
ACTrees is sponsoring a webinar on June 20, titled Riparian Tree Planting for Healthy Watersheds. As communities shoulder greater concern over water resources in urban areas, preserving natural buffer zones is a top priority. Riparian tree planting programs can help address pollution, erosion, flooding, water temperature, and litter issues along river banks. While riparian tree planting can pose challenges, and methods and conditions vary for each city, the outcome is clear: trees are critical for healthy watersheds.
Recognizing the need to stay abreast of the latest science and best management practices, the Forest Service Southern Region Urban Forest Program, and the Southern Group of State Foresters hosted a week long Urban Forestry Institute, early May in Nashville, TN.
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