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.
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.
Through proper tree planting and maintenance, outreach and public education, Virginia Tree Stewards serve as an example of how volunteers can help increase tree canopy in local communities. Read more.