Urban and Community Forestry

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.

State Foresters Host Congressional Briefings about Forest Action Plans

Members of the National Association of State Foresters’ executive committee held Congressional briefings on May 4 to introduce decision makers to state Forest Action Plans and convey the importance of consulting these important documents when making forest management decisions. In attendance were key staff members from the House and Senate Agriculture Committees and member offices, USDA Forest Service staff, and regional state forestry association staff.

Urban & Community Forestry Highlights from Our Nation's Capital

By Jessica Hernandez

A healthy urban forest can provide numerous benefits to the communities in which they flourish. Trees are a part of community green infrastructure and provide environmental, social and economic benefits to all urban residents.

How Your Community Can Apply to Be a Tree City USA

Did you know that every state has at least one Tree City?

The smallest Tree City is Sibley, North Dakota with a population of just 28 people. On the other end of the spectrum, the largest Tree City is New York with a population of more than 8.4 million. Ohio is the state with the most Tree Cities (242).

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with NASF and the USDA Forest Service.

Emerald Ash Borer Eating into Municipal Budgets

When a tree dies in a city street, a private yard, or a public park, it becomes a lethal threat to people and property. City governments and property owners end up paying to safely dispose of the trunk, and the benefits that tree provided to its neighborhood are lost.

Since the early 2000s, the emerald ash borer has killed tens of millions of ash trees across 25 states. It was firest idenified stateside in Detroit back in 2002, but it had likely been chomping on American wood for some time by then.