Tag Archives: Urban forestry

Washington, D.C., launches tree watering app

In June, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the new DC Tree Watering Application. Bowser demonstrated the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) innovative new app to highlight the value of and need for community assistance in keeping newly planted trees hydrated. “We are committed to embracing smart technology across city government, and with the launch […]

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Chicago gives away trees to prevent flooding, help city wildlife

The emerald ash borer and extreme weather events have destroyed approximately 13 million trees in the Chicago area. To help remedy that the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) staff began distributing more than 14,000 oak tree saplings. The distribution is part of Restore the Canopy, Plant a Tree in Cook County, Ill. […]

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Washington, D.C., residents ranging from 14 to 24 years old attend a lecture about careers in green infrastructure as part of the annual Green Zone Environmental Program. (Photo courtesy Seth Brown)

Introducing tomorrow’s technicians to green infrastructure

By Seth Brown “So it’s like a sponge?” a 17 year-old asks with a questioning look on her face. “Yes, that’s a perfect way to think of it,” replies Dwane Jones, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at the University of the District of Columbia. This interaction is typical of the exchanges that occurred […]

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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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