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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.

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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.

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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: TreesandStormwater.org

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.

Vibrant Cities Lab: new national go-to resource for urban forests

Article by Ian Leahy, excerpts reprinted with permission from American Forests Magazine, Fall 2017 VIBRANT CITIES LAB:  A State-of-the-Art Platform to Help City Leaders Harness Urban Forests America’s cities are experiencing a period of remarkable and exhilarating renewal. City governments, community groups, nonprofits like American Forests, universities and many other institutions are all working to help … Read More

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.

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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.