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Friday, July 18, 2014
Florida's aspiring Eagle Scout Orion Leavy, 15, and Mildred Helms Elementary graduate Riley Browne, 11, have taken on separate projects with similar missions: planting hundreds of trees to beautify and add more green to Largo’s landscape. The trees for both projects will come from the city’s tree fund, which businesses and...
Friday, July 18, 2014
For their ideas in answering a challenge issued by the United States Department of Agriculture, a team lead by the University of Tennessee was recently awarded a federal grant of more than $200,000.   The project, “Storm Water Goes Green: Investigating the Benefit and Health of Urban Trees in Green Infrastructure...
Friday, July 11, 2014
To determine the future of the maple, the city of Missoula uses a device called a sonic tomograph. The Urban Forestry Division has catalogued an estimated 74 percent of municipal street and boulevard trees, and most of them are, to a trained eye, obviously healthy or obviously hazards in need of removal. “The tree has a...
Friday, July 11, 2014
A multi-state team from universities in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland are working to advance the profession of urban forestry.   The team led by researchers at Virginia Tech has launched Urban Forestry 2020. The project aims to examine the challenges faced by the urban forestry profession and devise strategies...
Thursday, July 3, 2014
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the 2014 USDA Forest Service's National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge grant recipients. The grants provide funding that will help enhance urban forest stewardship, support new employment opportunities, and help build resilience...
Friday, June 6, 2014
One large front-yard tree can increase the sale price of a house by 1 percent. A well-placed mature tree can reduce annual air conditioning costs by 2 percent to 10 percent. It is estimated that America's urban forests store between 600 million and 990 million tons of carbon. Trees are increasingly used as part of a green...
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Trees are often considered to be expensive-to-maintain assets with little value outside of hard-to-maintain aesthetics. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District thinks otherwise: in a city that reaches temperatures of 113 degrees, they’ve found that subsidizing the planting of more than 500,000 trees is an efficient way...
Thursday, May 1, 2014
For the 33rd consecutive year, Ohio leads the nation for Tree City USA designations with 244 communities achieving the title this year. The program, which is sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters, the Arbor Day Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the National League of...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Wanda Kelly’s yard is something special – the Nebraskan native has filled her yard in rural Thurston with hundreds of different trees.  Known as the “Tree Lady,” this home-made arboretum covers four acres, and she’s constantly adding new trees.  Eager to share her love for trees, she treats every day as if it was Arbor Day...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Chicago is estimated to have about 157,142,000 trees, with a tree and shrub canopy that covers 2% of the region.  These trees remove about 677,000 tons of carbon per year and 18,080 tons of air pollution per year.  Including reduced costs in residential energy and a few other factors, these trees are estimated to have a...

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