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Monday, May 18, 2015
An urban “heat island” is the condition where urban areas are significantly warmer than the surrounding countryside during the heat of summer due to human activity and the large amount of heat-absorbing surfaces, plus the lack of vegetation and the cooling it provides. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “...
Monday, May 11, 2015
The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) was recently recognized with a 2015 Arbor Day Celebration Award. For more than 20 years, 2nd and 3rd graders in mid-Michigan have been learning about nature in outdoor classrooms set up each Arbor Day at Potter Park Zoo.  The statewide Arbor Day celebration’s 24 activity station...
Thursday, May 7, 2015
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) was awarded the 2015 Public Awareness of Trees Award at the annual Arbor Day Awards ceremony in Nebraska City, Neb. State Forester Lisa Allen accepted the award on behalf of the Trees Work campaign. The awards, which recognize leaders in tree planting, conservation, and...
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
With support from the USDA Forest Service, the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) is achieving goals outlined in its Forest Action Plan. In conjunction with local partners, Kentucky has helped six communities in the southeastern Appalachian corridor develop their own plans for greenspaces, all of which have begun...
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that the City will plant more than 11,800 trees this year in neighborhoods citywide. “Chicago was one of the first cities in the nation that incorporated planting trees and urban forests into the city’s plan and design, and we’re proud to continue this tradition today,” said Mayor...
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Lydia Scott is the Director of the Chicago Region Tree Initiative for The Morton Arboretum Chicago and its seven surrounding counties have more than 150 million trees, which make our area’s communities healthier, more sustainable and more beautiful.  But the trees that grow in the Chicago area are under serious threat,...
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Rebecca Nisley is a science writer and editor for the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station. We know that trees provide ecosystem benefits even in cities. The oxygen, cooling shade, and carbon storage are commonly understood, but did you know that trees also remove air pollution? Trees do this by catching small...
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign, a partnership between the Department of Environmental Protection’s State Forestry Services and the Arbor Day Foundation, is distributing 130,000 free tree seedlings to residents through 178 locations across the state. This is the second year of the effort, launched to help communities...
Friday, March 27, 2015
Louisville has been losing about 54,000 trees a year for the last several years, according to a $115,700 study recently made public by Mayor Greg Fischer. "We have not managed this resource, up until now," said Katy Schneider, co-chair of the Louisville Metro Tree Advisory Commission, which was involved in the study. "As a...
Monday, March 16, 2015
Street trees face some tough challenges.  Last summer the city of Omaha evaluated some of the factors affecting the health and longevity of street trees. Not surprisingly, surrounding buildings and roads have a huge impact on trees. The heavy equipment needed for hardscaping compresses soil and cuts the space for air and...

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