Why Tree Canopy?

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Urban Heat Islands

The use of trees and vegetation in the urban environment brings many benefits, including the mitigation of urban heat islands.

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Heat, Health & Trees Session

This session features cutting-edge heat mapping and resiliency planning initiatives from Dr. Jeremy Hoffman and Melissa Deas, complemented by a seasoned community engagement perspective from Baltimore Tree Trust.

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Climate & Health Action Guide

This action guide is designed to help promote human health and climate benefits of urban forests in communities while minimizing risks from climate change.

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Tree Campus Healthcare Program

This program recognizes health institutions that make a mission-aligned impact on community wellness through tree education, investment, and community engagement.

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Planting Healthy Air

This report from The Nature Conservancy quantifies the health benefits of trees for 245 cities globally.

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Chesapeake DEIJ Resources

The Diversity Workgroup is tasked with meeting the Diversity Outcome of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.

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Webinar: Redlining’s Intensifying Harm

A webinar on redlining and the current day implications on the distribution of tree canopy, extreme urban heat, and the quality of life. As well as how residents are working to overcome it.

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Tree Equity Case Study: Oakland, CA

Founded in alignment with the principles of environmental justice, Urban Releaf’s work to improve Oakland’s tree canopy has had local and regional impacts on community resilience.

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Tree Equity Case Study: Detroit, MI

The Greening of Detroit has overseen the planting and maintenance of more than 130,000 trees for the health, wealth, and resilience of Detroit neighborhoods.

Tree Equity Case Study: New Jersey

Since 1998, The New Jersey Tree Foundation has put community residents at the center of their mission to increase tree canopy in underserved, overburdened, and marginalized neighborhoods.

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Tree Equity Case Study: Portland, OR

The City of Portland used data and city resources to plan for Tree Equity, working to prioritize equitable access to trees and urban forest services for communities of color, including low-income, refugee, and immigrant communities.

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Baltimore Tree Trust: Doing More Together

Baltimore’s lead tree-planting partner, The Baltimore Tree Trust, works to restore Tree Equity by increasing canopy cover in neighborhoods. They built community trust through word-of-mouth, informing tree planting and maintenance, one neighborhood at a time.

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Webinar: Reforestation

Part 1 of Chesapeake Stormwater Network’s “Roots” series looks at reforestation programs designed to convert turf to forest through larger-scale plantings, featuring Frederick County’s Creek ReLeaf Program and Baltimore County’s Turf to Trees Program.

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Webinar: Big Trees, Small Spaces

Part 2 of Chesapeake Stormwater Network’s “Roots” series focuses on, we are the “design” challenges of planting trees in confined urban spaces, including constraints and best practices for good tree growth and survival.

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Webinar: Finding the Right Tree BMP

Part 3 of Chesapeake Stormwater Network’s “Roots” series gets into the details of the different tree BMPs that you can use for Chesapeake Bay TMDL credit: Tree Canopy Expansion, Forest Planting, and Riparian Buffer Plantings.

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GIC’s Trees to Offset Stormwater Project

The Green Infrastructure Center joined with six states – VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, and AL – to study how urban trees mitigate stormwater runoff. A summary report, individual case study booklets, and planning tools are provided.

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Accounting for Trees in Stormwater Models

This paper is intended to help the stormwater engineering community more easily account for trees in runoff and pollutant load calculations so that they can more readily incorporate them into their stormwater management strategies.

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Urban Forest Systems and Green Stormwater Infrastructure

This publication focuses on the effects of trees on urban stormwater runoff, provides helpful urban forest management strategies to maximize stormwater benefits, and demonstrates several examples around the US where the stormwater benefits of urban trees are credited for reducing stormwater volume and pollutant loading.

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Maryland: Trees, Veterans, and Public Health

The Maryland Forest Service works with a range of veterans facilities to plant trees and utilize the health benefits trees provide. One facility, Perry Point VA Medical Center, became the first recognized Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus in Healthcare.

Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives

The Southern Group of State Foresters bring stories, resources, and information into this engaging website on the benefits of healthy trees and urban forests.

Baltimore: Reclaiming wood, lives and communities

The Baltimore Wood Project created a framework to be more thoughtful about urban wood “waste” in the city. With new partners and ideas, they modeled a regional economy around wood and land restoration.