Urban and Community Forestry

Planting Trees Can Reduce Flooding

A study for the British Environment Agency concludes that trees round a feeder stream can slow the rush of rainwater and save properties from flooding. However, it warns that natural flood prevention methods do not always work and urges a strategic approach because foresting a whole catchment would be counter-productive.

The report - from the UK's universities of Birmingham and Southampton - says that with increased building on flood plains and climate change increasing the risk of heavy rain, many places can't be completely protected by walls of concrete.

Connecticut Communities Awarded Urban Forestry Grants

Several communities in southwest Connecticut are among 17 towns that have been awarded America the Beautiful grants from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. These grants are designed to advance urban forestry in Connecticut. 

“Urban forestry is all about planning for the future—it is gesture of true optimism. The work done this year, through these grants, will sustain for years and even generations to come," said Chris Martin,  Connecticut State Forester

Maryland’s New Approach to Increasing Urban Tree Canopy

By Marian Honeczy

To achieve two new urban tree canopy goals, maintain existing statewide 40% forest canopy coverage and expand tree canopy coverage 45 acres per year or 540 new acres by 2025, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources – Forest Service (MD Forest Service) developed two new tree planting assistance programs that reach landowners within the urban/suburban areas of Maryland. 

Volunteers plant potentially blight-resistant hybrid chestnut trees in Brooklyn

Over the last two years, volunteers with the Prospect Park Alliance have been planting a blight-resistent hybrid chesnut called B3F3s in the park. With any luck, they will cross-breed with a generation of pure American Chestnuts that the Alliance planted back in 2004, and which, for the first time last year, produced fertile Brooklyn-born nuts.

"The seeds from that will be even more blight resistant," volunteer Bart Chezar explained. "And those will be kind of the feed stock for the future American chestnut forests of Brooklyn."

My Tree–Our Forest Campaign To Raise Awareness About The Value Of Trees

Project Tells The Story Of How Trees Improve Air And Water, Quality Of Life

2015 was an exciting year for urban and community forestry!

Among the highlights for NASF include the launch of a new campaign to increase public understanding about the benefits that healthy forests offer to communities across the United States and the role state forestry agencies play in protecting the nation’s urban trees.

District of Columbia Hosts First-Ever Tree Summit

The District of Columbia held its first-ever Tree Summit hosted by the District’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). 

Arkansas Accepting Proposals for Urban & Community Forestry Tree Management Grants

The Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) Urban & Community Forestry Program has opened 2016 Tree Management Grants to proposals through February 9, 2016. Eligible recipients include non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and local/state government organizations. Grants are available to fund projects that develop/improve public tree management and maintenance. Grant applications are available at forestry.arkansas.gov.  Funded grants will be announced February 24th, 2016.

Trees in Trouble: Saving America's Urban Forests

It seemed to happen almost overnight. Thousands of trees started dying unexpectedly in SW Ohio. Cincinnati almost went broke trying to keep the invasion from damaging property—or worse.

The killer was a tiny insect known as the emerald ash borer, a new invasive insect from Asia that will wipe out every ash tree in America...unless we do something about it. First found near Detroit in 2002, emerald ash borers have now infested trees in 35 states, from New Hampshire to South Carolina and as far west as Colorado.