Tag Archives: Urban forestry

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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WEF Supports Urban Forests

Not all trees are equal at minimizing urban runoff. In fact, bigger, mature trees confer better benefits, as reported in the March edition of Water Environment & Technology. The article discusses the benefits of trees and how to maximize return on investment—not only in monetary terms but also by optimizing an urban forest’s stormwater reduction […]

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Check It Out! Tree Benefit Calculator and Beach Report Card

The Arbor Day Foundation’s National Tree Benefit Calculator determines, among other advantages, the amount of stormwater a tree will intercept depending on its species, location, and diameter. Heal the Bay recently released its 2011 Beach Report Card. The report is coupled with a tool that allows users to find wet and dry weather grades for each beach along the West […]

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