Tag Archives: Urban forestry

Schools capture serious stormwater in New York

The upgraded Edward Bleeker Junior High School playground does more than offer students a new outdoor area to enjoy, it captures some serious stormwater. Green infrastructure elements reduce stormwater A 0.5-ha (1.2-ac) asphalt lot at the school has been renovated with green infrastructure elements capable of capturing more than 4160 m3 (1.1 million gal) of […]

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NYC begins building 321 curbside rain gardens

On May 25, New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Commissioner Steven Lawitts and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora announced work has begun to build approximately 321 specially designed curbside rain gardens in the Queens neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Maspeth and Ridgewood. When construction is completed later this year, each […]

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Researchers Test Trees Effectiveness in Removing Nutrients from Urban Stormwater

Researchers at the University of Melbourne tested trees’ ability to remove nutrients from urban stormwater in a study recently published in the Journal of Environmental Quality. The researchers examined the ability of four different tree species commonly used to line Australian streets in a 13-month experiment. Species included red box, brush box, white bottlebrush, and […]

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Tennessee Develops Riparian Buffer Handbook

Earlier this fall, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry (TDF) released the Urban Riparian Buffer Handbook, a Practical Guide to Establishing Healthy Streamside Buffers. This new publication, available at no cost, provides step-by-step guidance on planning, organizing, and conducting successful volunteer-based riparian buffer tree planting projects. These projects can help Tennessee stormwater programs […]

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Study Examines Performance of Trees in Bioswales

In a study published in the Journal of Environmental Quality, researchers discovered that certain tree species were best at removing stormwater from bioswales and cycling runoff back to the atmosphere. The trees studied were planted in an upgraded parking lot at the Morton Arboretum, just outside of Chicago, in the 1990s. Partially funded by a […]

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Coalition Issues Call to Action for Ontario’s Urban Forests

On June 9, the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition (GIO) issued Ontario’s Urban Forests: A Call to Action, identifying priority actions needed to help protect and sustain Ontario’s urban forests. GIO’s call to action urges the province to take a leadership role in working with the coalition’s members to develop a province-wide urban forest strategy. Ontario’s […]

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Report Calls for Urgent Improvements to UK Natural Capital

In January, the Natural Capital Committee, an independent body that advises the British government, released its third and final State of Natural Capital report. According to the report, urgent action is needed to reverse the long-term decline in natural capital across the country. Natural capital provides ecosystem services, such as clean water, but a debt […]

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U.S. Forest Service Announces Urban Forest Webcast Series

The U.S. Forest Service is launching a new monthly webinar series called Urban Forest Connections on September 10. The webcasts will take place on the second Wednesday of the month from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. Webcasts will bring experts together to discuss the latest science, practice, and policy on urban forestry and the environment. […]

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Maryland Forest Legislation First of Its Kind

On May 2, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law the Forest Preservation Act of 2013. According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the law is the first of its kind in the nation. It requires no net loss of the state’s current 40% tree canopy and provides incentives to surpass the statewide […]

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Rome, N.Y., Receives State Environment Agency Award for Canopy Restoration Project

On Dec. 5, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced its Environmental Excellence Awards. One of the projects awarded is an innovative approach to stormwater management by the City of Rome in Oneida County. The city’s Canopy Restoration Project focused on using urban forestry to reuse vacant building space, increase property value, reduce […]

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