ACTrees has released their 2012 Annual Review. The review includes information about ACTrees, their programs, and their network of member and partner organizations. It also contains some great inforgraphics that highlight the work done over the past year.
The FY2012 State and Private Forestry Report and supporting Appendix of State Fact Sheets gives an overview of success stories in the different programs that fall under the State and Private Forestry department of the USDA Forest Service. This year's report is titled Forests: An Investment in the Future and features at least one success story from each of NASF's 59 member states, territories and districts.
SUFC has rolled-out its new Vibrant Communities: Trees Are the Key communications toolkit. Working with a consulting firm, they produced a comprehensive suite of communications tools -- including a "how-to" guide -- to help spread the word about the Vibrant Cities recommendations and the benefits of trees to our communities.
Seven years after emerald ash borer was first identified in Illinois, many area communities are living with the infestation's end result — giant holes in once-lofty tree coverings that spanned neighborhoods and subdivisions. Some of the hardest-hit areas are the outer-ring suburbs, which relied heavily on ash because developers building subdivisions knew those trees cost lessand grew fast. But the thinning canopy affects more than just aesthetics.
Berry bushes and squash vines, apple and pear saplings, and inches-high corn plants growing now are envisioned to blossom into an “edible forest garden” in urban Cincinnati for the benefit of joggers, bicyclists, hikers, and those who simply want to relax along a waterway. The new project combines the goals of providing a new source of fresh fruit and vegetables for city dwellers with a long-term effort to renew the river, which has been polluted for decades.
Later this July, more than 100 cyclists will cycle 585 miles to raise awareness and hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of the annual STIHL Tour des Trees, a weeklong cycling fundraiser for the TREE Fund. Why is this so important? The average lifespan of an urban tree is less than ten years.
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.
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