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
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
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 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
The City of Charlottesville is pursuing an objective to maximize tree canopy at the neighborhood scale based on land use and density. A comprehensive Urban Forest Management Plan guides the City in this objective, and canopy assessments every five years measure progress. In between assessments, the City’s Urban Forester tracks tree plantings, removals, pruning, tree … Read More
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
A Green Street project in Edmonston, MD, mobilized volunteers, made traffic safer and reduced flooding and pollution. Now, an ‘edible forest’ lets residents literally experience the fruit of their labors. Read more.
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
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.
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
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.
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.