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Friday, August 14, 2015
A new study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression. Specifically, the study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, found that people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area, as opposed to participants who walked in a high-traffic urban setting...
Friday, August 14, 2015
Two new community orchards in Canada will provide health benefits to formerly homeless tenants, help the environment, beautify the northeast neighbourhood and build community, according to the people behind the project. “The folks that are receiving these donations of trees are folks that might otherwise not have access to...
Friday, July 31, 2015
A simple test using a screwdriver can help you see if a tree is dried out and needs more water, said Kelly Conroy with the Sacramento Tree Foundation. "Drive [the screwdriver] into the ground about six inches, and you can feel if the soil is dry and crumbly, then it needs some water, or if it comes up muddy or sticky, then...
Friday, July 24, 2015
Some people talk to their plants. In Melbourne, they email the trees. This became possible thanks to a decision to map every tree in the city and give it a unique ID number. About 3,000 emails have been sent to individual trees in the last two years. People even began sending personal messages to the trees. This didn't...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
About an hour outside the city, just south of where the Shenandoah River crosses into Virginia, a farm is growing the most natural of crops for its terroir: trees. Only these trees aren’t planted to stretch their roots along the river’s shore. After a few years of growing, they’ll be uprooted and trucked to a more concrete...
Friday, July 10, 2015
By Lisa Allen, Chair of the NASF Urban and Community Forestry Conference. Registration is now open for the 2015 Partners in Community Forestry Conference. Join your urban and community forestry peers from November 18-19 in Denver, Colorado. The annual meeting is a dynamic networking opportunity. Doctoral researchers,...
Friday, July 10, 2015
CAL FIRE awarded nearly $20 million in grants this week to 34 nonprofit organizations, special districts, counties and cities to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon. The grants are for planting trees in urban environments and to protect more than 2,400 acres of forest from development. The city of...
Thursday, July 9, 2015
With support from the Urban and Community Forestry program of the USDA Forest Service, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Bureau of Forestry & Fire is achieving goals outlined in Massachusetts’ Forest Action Plan. The Greening the Gateway Cities Program (GGC) is a partnership amongst four Massachusetts’...
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
National Get Outdoors Day is this Saturday, June 13th, and many state forestry agencies are working to connect you to the trees that surround you.  Today, close to 80 percent of Americans live in cities. But, thanks to the great work of state foresters and their partners, the United States urban trees and forests provide...
Friday, June 5, 2015
With shovels, water and a lot of help from students, Congressman James McGovern and District 3 City Councilor George Russell took part in a ceremonial tree planting at Roosevelt Elementary School on Wednesday. Overall, 14 trees leading to the front entryway were planted by the Worcester Tree Initiative. They included...

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