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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.

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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.

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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.

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Delaware Urban and Community Forestry Grants

Through a federal grant, the Delaware Forest Service offers up to $40,000 each year to communities throughout the state for tree planting, tree care, and tree management projects on publicly owned lands.

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Chesapeake Bay Trust Grants

The Trust’s grant-making strategies are shaped by three core objectives; environmental education, demonstration-based restoration, and community engagement.

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Tree-Mendous Maryland

TREE-MENDOUS MARYLAND, a program of the Maryland Forest Service, remains one of our most popular programs aimed at helping citizens restore tree cover on public land and community open space in Maryland.

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Marylanders Plant Trees

Marylanders Plant Trees was launched to encourage citizens and organizations to partner with the State to plant new trees and gives citizens $25 off the purchase of a native tree at 86 participating nurseries across the State.

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NFWF Urban Waters Restoration Grants

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program seeks to address water quality issues in priority watersheds, such as erosion due to unstable streambanks, pollution from stormwater runoff, and degraded shorelines caused by development.

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NFWF Chesapeake Grants

Working in partnership with government agencies and private corporations, NFWF’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund awards $8 million to $12 million per year through two competitive grant programs and directed technical assistance.

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NY Urban & Community Forestry Grants

NYDEC is committed to providing support and assistance to communities in comprehensive planning, management, and education to create healthy urban and community forests through its Cost Share Grant program.

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Pennsylvania TreeVitalize Grants

TreeVitalize’s mission is to help restore tree cover, educate citizens about planting trees as an act of caring for our environment and build capacity among local governments to understand, protect and restore their urban trees.

Citizen Foresters in DC – Casey Trees

Citizen Forester courses educate tree stewards to identify, plant and advocate for trees in D.C. Citizen Foresters represent a group of over 1,700 dedicated students that have taken one of the four courses offered by Casey Trees.

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Virginia Tree Stewards

The Virginia Tree Stewards program provides training materials to support local tree steward groups. Join one of the many local tree stewards groups listed on the Trees Virginia website or learn how to start your own.

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Tree Tenders in Pennsylvania

Tree Tenders® is a training program developed by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society that is offered statewide through the TreeVitalize partnership. For more information on training opportunities in the Chesapeake Bay portion of Pennsylvania, contact Shea Zwerver.

Baltimore TreeKeepers

Baltimore TreeKeepers is a city-wide tree stewardship program that promotes healthy trees by educating residents and increasing their role in the care of the City’s trees. Offered through Baltimore Tree Trust and other organizations in the TreeBaltimore partnership, TreeKeepers includes a variety of free trainings, from introductory to advanced.

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Video: Bay 101 – Emerald Ash Borer

Colleen Kenny, a forester with the Maryland Forest Service, and Paula Shrewsbury, a professor at the University of Maryland, talk about the efforts being used to slow down the emerald ash borer, an invasive species killing ash trees.

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DC Urban Tree Canopy Story Map

A Story Map in ArcGIS Online of how the Nation’s Capital created and maintained a urban tree canopy program and how it has worked and changed over time.

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Conducting a Community Tree Inventory

Penn State Extension’s Forest Resources describes the process of conducting a tree inventory and the four phases it can be divided into: planning, implementation, application, and maintenance.

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Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grants

Virginia Trees for Clean Water program, developed by VDOF, is designed to improve water quality across the Commonwealth through on-the-ground efforts to plant trees and support long-term, sustained canopy cover.

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Tree Board University

This unique online, 8-course training will help you learn more about trees, about people, and about serving in a citizen advisory role in your city, town, or village.

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Healthy Trees Healthy Cities

The Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities Initiative has a portfolio of forest health-related resources that have been compiled for you to view or download for educational uses.

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Conserving Trees During Development

This manual presents specific ways to enable developers, engineers, or landscape architects to incorporate more trees into a development site and introduces conceptual designs for storm water treatment practices that utilize trees as part of the design.

 

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Host a Neighborwoods Planting (October)

Each year during NeighborWoods Month, tens of thousands of volunteers take action to make their communities greener and healthier by planting trees, learn how you can too.

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Urban Riparian Buffer Handbook

This handbook provides a blueprint for municipal entities, local watershed groups, and other nonprofit organizations for the purpose of educating and providing guidance on how to successfully plan and implement a riparian buffer project in  a multitude of settings and planting conditions.

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eLearn Urban Forestry

eLearn: Urban Forestry is a state-of-the-art online, distance-learning program geared specifically toward beginning urban foresters and those allied professionals working in and around urban and urbanizing landscapes.

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Tree Owner’s Manual

Just like the owner’s manual that comes with automobiles and appliances, the Tree Owner’s Manual includes a parts list, instructions for installation, tips for troubleshooting common issues, recommended service, and more

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