Urban and Community Forestry

Austin trees – there’s an app for that

For the first time ever, a census for trees is available in a new, easy-to-use application developed by Texas A&M Forest Service.

The Urban Forest Inventory and Analysis of trees in Austin, Texas is presented graphically in My City’s Trees.

My City’s Trees enables civic leaders, community planners, elected officials and anyone with access to the Internet to learn about Austin’s urban forest and explore Urban FIA data by land cover, city growth, watersheds and eco-regions.

California Street Trees Provide $1 Billion in Annual Value

A new report from the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station estimates trees lining California’s streets provide benefits to urban communities worth $1 billion annually. Using i-Tree, an urban forest inventory and management software suite, researchers arrived at a complete understanding of California’s tree species, size, location, and associated benefits.

North Dakota Celebrates Tree City USA's 40th Anniversary

By Larry Kotchman, North Dakota State Forester on behalf of the Arbor Day Foundation

This year, we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program.  Sixteen communities across the nation have been part of the Tree City USA program since the beginning in 1976.  Grand Forks and Mandan, North Dakota, are two of those original communities being honored for their commitment to preserve and enhance their public trees. 

Pittsburgh's First Urban Forest Inventory and Analysis

This month, the USDA Forest Service is carrying out Pittsburgh’s first urban Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA). Pittsburgh is one of the first urban areas to be surveyed by the FIA program, often referred to as “the Nation’s Forest Census.” After 80 years of monitoring the nation’s rural forests, the FIA has begun surveying select metropolitan areas in recognition of the value of urban forests and the need to gather data for their management.

Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Nebraska

On Wednesday, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture announced that the emerald ash borer (EAB) had been found earlier in the week in southeast Omaha. This is the first official confirmation of EAB in the Nebraska, making it the 27th state to succumb to the invasive species.

Study Aims to Optimize Urban Tree Planting Locales

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences just published a study that presents urban forest managers and planners with the decision-making tools necessary to reduce the maintenance costs of urban forests while maximizing their health and the benefits of their ecosystem services.

Toronto's Urban Forest Increasingly Stressed

A report published by the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition entitled “The State of the Urban Forest in the Greater Toronto Area” concludes that the area’s urban forests are increasingly stressed and that governments must invest in “living, green infrastructure” in order to protect this vital asset. The report cites the benefits delivered by urban forests, such as increased air quality and reduced temperatures.

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Texas

The invasive emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees across the U.S. has been detected in Texas. State and federal agencies are preparing people and communities with information, education and preventative measures to fight the pest.

Georgia Community Celebrates Spring with a Tree Walk

The Avondale Estates Garden Club of Avondale Estates, Georgia recently held a 3rd Annual Avondale Tree Walk to help connect residents to the community's trees.

The event, which took place on April 23, included residents from the city of Avondale Estates and surrounding areas. The walk included six routes guided by eight arborist, two pre-walk mini lectures (one for adults and one for children) and engaged about 86 participants from the community.