Urban and Community Forestry

Tree City USA 40th Anniversary Photo Contest

Last week we wrote about the Tree City USA program’s 40th anniversary.

In honor of this milestone, the Arbor Day Foundation wants to see your best Tree City USA photos!

Your snapshot could be a scenic view, your tree city celebration or your community’s Tree City USA certification sign. We encourage you to get creative!

Photos posted using #TreeCityUSA40 and #MyTreeCityUSA40 will be entered into the contest.

Highlights from the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition Meeting

Last month, Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC) hosted its Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. 

This national urban forestry coalition held a reception in the United States Botanic Garden. The stars of the reception were Congressman David Joyce of Ohio's 14th District and USDA Forest Service Associate Chief Mary Wagner.

FY 2017 Appropriations: NASF Delivers Coalition Letters

The National Association of State Foresters provided coalition letters in support of fiscal year 2017 appropriations levels for priority USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry (S&PF) programs. 

State and private forests make up more than two thirds of our nation’s forests and provide a host of public benefits including jobs, clean air and water, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and forest products.

Read NASF's FY 2017 Appropriations Recommendation Letters:

Florida Forest Service Saves Homeowners $2.3 Million

This spring, the Florida Forest Service provided 10,000 trees to homeowners across the Sunshine State, through a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. By enrolling in the Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees program, the state forestry agency was able to offer a wide variety of free trees across the state to homeowners that agreed to plant them in the best locations to shade their residence. The combined home energy savings over 20 years will amount to more than $2.3 million.

Emerald Ash Borer Wrecking Havoc in Pennsylvania

The invasive pest that came into the U.S. during the early 2000s, otherwise known as the emerald ash borer, is now destroying trees throughout New York and Adams counties, according to an arborist representative with Bartlett Tree Experts in Manchester Township.  

The emerald ash borer does not waste any time; the insects feed on the ash tree's foliage, and their larvaw seep into the foliage, twigs and eventually the cellular plant tissue.