Trees & Health Webinar Roundup

As tree lovers and champions, we are fortunate to have an ever-growing collection of urban forestry webinar series and archives to keep expanding our knowledge base, and to share with newcomers to the field. In our Chesapeake region, a special shout out to the Penn State Extension Urban Forestry team who is currently offering a … Read More

Four individuals plant a tree alongside the Chesapeake Bay at the Perry Point Veterans Medical Facility.

Trees, Veterans, and Public Health in Maryland

Story by Jenny McGarvey, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Spring is the most popular time of year to plant trees. People are eager to get outside and volunteer, and the coinciding environmental holidays, like Earth Day and Arbor Day, are the perfect engagement opportunity. This popularity, however, can lead us to neglect the fall as … Read More

Tree Campus Healthcare

A program of the Arbor Day Foundation recognizing, “health institutions that make a mission-aligned impact on community wellness through tree education, investment, and community engagement.”

Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives

Research compiled by the Southern Group of State Foresters on how urban forests can improve physical and mental health and promote healing.

Baltimore: Reclaiming wood, lives and communities

Story by Sarah Hines, USDA Forest Service Among some of society’s most complex and interconnected challenges – unemployment, ecological degradation, communities fractured by lack of opportunity and incarceration – it’s understandable if you didn’t realize that wood waste is also problem (though it’s likely that this audience is already more familiar than most with urban … Read More

DC: DDOT Launches Urban Wood Utilization Program

Story by Kasey Yturralde, DDOT Urban Forestry Division; all photos courtesy of DDOT Good things are coming out of Washington DC, all made from trees. The District’s Urban Forestry Division has opened up a new milling operation, recycling District-owned trees for use as benches and stools in public school gardens and outdoor classrooms. This program … Read More

Virginia: A Statewide Approach to Promoting Urban Wood Use

Story by Jenny McGarvey, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay; videos courtesy of the Virginia Department of Forestry The Virginia Urban Wood Group (the Group) is a state-wide effort spearheaded by the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) in partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Urban Forest Council. Group members include municipalities, private-sector urban wood … Read More

Columbia, PA: Leveraging Memberships and Donations to Finance Trees

Columbia is a small town (borough) located on the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  Current tree canopy cover in the borough is 43%, and with assistance from the USDA Forest Service and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Columbia developed the goal of increasing its canopy coverage by 7 percentage points by 2020.  To … Read More

Montgomery County, MD: Generating Revenue and Mitigating Tree Canopy Loss

Adjacent to Washington D.C., Montgomery County is Maryland’s most populous county.  Its large population supports a demanding and competitive housing market, which over the past two decades has fostered a trend in residential lot redevelopment. The state Forest Conservation Law helps slow the loss of forests during development, but it generally applies to development activity … Read More

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Webinar: i-Tree Landscape

Learn how to use the i-Tree Landscape tool which combines ecosystem services calculations, demographic data and high resolution tree canopy data for the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Photo of wetland with text Chesapeake Bay Land Cover Production Program

Chesapeake High-Res Land Cover Data

Learn about and download high resolution land cover data (2013), including tree canopy, produced by the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership for the entire watershed.

Three photos of children doing i-Tree projects with title "Teaching with I-Tree" by Project Learning Tree

Teaching with i-Tree Guide Released

Project Learning Tree has published a new set of activities designed to engage middle and high school students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as they calculate the economic and environmental benefits of trees. Students input data they collect into a free online tool that calculates the dollar value of the benefits provided by … Read More

New National Site:

Comprehensive national resource includes a document builder, hundreds of case studies, videos, methods and best practices, benefit calculators and other tools on how adding trees can boost overall system performance, often at lower costs.

Celebrating our Tree City Communities

Nationwide, over 3,400 towns have received their Tree City USA recognition and take pride in this distinction. In the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, there were over 130 recognized towns and cities recognized by this program in 2016. Read more.

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PA Community Tree Map

This tool gives Pennsylvania communities the ability to conduct tree inventories, monitoring activities, and urban tree canopy analyses, as well as track tree maintenance and stewardship activities. View webinar to learn how to use it.

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Preserving Trees in Development Projects

This publication by the Penn State Extension explains tree health and environmental considerations and details how preconstruction activities, tree inventories, repairing tree injury, and post-construction activities can help preserve trees in development projects.

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Chesapeake Urban Tree Canopy Summit

At the Chesapeake Urban Tree Canopy Summit, policy makers, program managers and local tree advocates gathered to develop a management strategy and state action plans to meet the urban tree canopy goal in the Chesapeake Bay Agreement.

My Tree-Our Forest Tree Tag

My Tree – Our Forest® Tree Tags

Sets of tree tags promoting tree benefits, available for purchase as part of the National Association of State Foresters “My Tree-Our Forest” campaign.