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Friday, December 12, 2014
“Urban forestry,” the care and management of trees to improve the urban environment, is becoming better known and more appreciated. However, the fact remains that most people don’t stop often to think about the many benefits trees in urban settings provide both people and communities. There’s still work to be done. As part...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Brian Stone Jr. knows the urban heat island phenomenon well. Stone is one of the country’s foremost experts in urban heat; he has made a career of literally taking the temperature of communities. “Cities essentially create their own climates,” he says. “And the urban heat island effect is one way to measure that. There’s a...
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Blog submitted by Daisy Masela Talatau, Urban & Community Forestry Program Coordinator. Talatau works for the Forestry Division at American Samoa Community College's Land Grant Community and Natural Resources. American Samoa's urban and community forestry projects help sustain green spaces; stabilize and beautify urban...
Friday, December 5, 2014
Blog submitted by Jan Ames Santerre. Project Canopy is about people. The program educates people about the benefits trees provide, and how trees make people's lives better. Project Canopy connects people who have a particular expertise to people who need that expertise. It helps build bridges with town and city governments...
Friday, December 5, 2014
Deep in the woods at Alley Pond Park in Queens is a laboratory that looks like something out of a weather fanatic’s wild imagination.   Attached to a lofty oak are a webcam and a wind vane, humidity and temperature sensors, rain gauges and instruments to measure solar radiation. The high-tech tools, which transmit...
Monday, December 1, 2014
An air spade is an air excavation tool used by arborists, foresters, and utilities. Read about how the city of Sitka, Alaska uses the tool to successfully transplant their precious urban infrastructure: trees. Blog submitted by Patricia Joyner. In 2007, a state grant funded replacement of 18 diseased trees around the...
Monday, November 24, 2014
Blog submitted by Rosamaría Quiles In 1998, El Programa de Educación Comunal de Entrega y Servicio (PECES,Inc.) created the Support Center for the Development of Community Enterprises and Employment.  The mission of the Center is to facilitate the capacitation of citizens in technical business knowledge for the development...
Monday, November 17, 2014
        Blog submitted by Paul Johnson. The Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS)'s bilingual education initiative continues to expand throughout the state. In 2014, TFS held the 5th Annual Bilingual Tree Worker Training in San Antonio, the 3rd annual Spanish language tree school at the Texas Tree Conference, and outreach in...
Friday, November 14, 2014
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says 21 cities, conservation districts and other recipients will be awarded federal grants for urban forestry projects.      A total of $90,132 will be divided among the winners. The competitive grant program is sponsored by the DNR and the U.S. Forest Service.      It promotes...
Friday, November 7, 2014
Today is Texas Arbor Day, and it's during the best time of year to plant trees across Texas. The first Texas Arbor Day was observed in 1889, celebrating the benefits that trees provide over a lifetime. To plant trees this weekend, Texans should select trees that are well-suited to a site. The mature size of a tree should...

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