Urban and Community Forestry

130,000 Free Seedlings to Replace Trees Lost in Superstorm Sandy

The New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign, a partnership between the Department of Environmental Protection’s State Forestry Services and the Arbor Day Foundation, is distributing 130,000 free tree seedlings to residents through 178 locations across the state.

City Losing Tree Canopy at an "Alarming Rate"

Louisville has been losing about 54,000 trees a year for the last several years, according to a $115,700 study recently made public by Mayor Greg Fischer.

"We have not managed this resource, up until now," said Katy Schneider, co-chair of the Louisville Metro Tree Advisory Commission, which was involved in the study. "As a result, we are losing canopy at ... an alarming rate."

Urban Trees Face Many Challenges

Street trees face some tough challenges. 

Last summer the city of Omaha evaluated some of the factors affecting the health and longevity of street trees. Not surprisingly, surrounding buildings and roads have a huge impact on trees.

The heavy equipment needed for hardscaping compresses soil and cuts the space for air and water infiltration in half. This compaction limits tree root growth and suppresses the buildup of organic matter.

Local Support of Urban Forests Recognized

Nationwide, more than 3,400 Tree City USA communities serve as home to more than 135 million Americans. 

The Tree City USA program, administered by the Arbor Day Foundation in Lincoln, Neb., provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America that meet certain requirements. Those requirements include the establishment of a tree board or department, a community tree ordinance, specific spending levels for urban forestry and planned Arbor Day celebrations. 

Urban Trees Provide Many Health Benefits to Kids

Today more than 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in urban areas. It’s therefore fortunate we now understand many of the physical and psychological benefits healthy trees provide urbanites: Our parks and trees are more than aesthetically pleasing areas that help address pollution problems.

Children are spending more time than ever indoors and on electronic devices, including laptops, cell phones and electronic games.

In the last 10 years or more, the medical field has found these sorts of habits and stresses are unhealthy and can affect the immune system.

UCF Committee December 2014 Meeting Documents

Attached are documents from the December 2014 UCF Committee Meeting.

California Communities Receive Urban Forestry Funding

California, as part of its greenhouse gas reduction initiative, has taken the unprecedented move of allocating a large pot of urban forestry money exclusively to disadvantaged communities plagued by pollution. Advocates for Urban Releaf, an Oakland-based urban forestry company, has applied for the forestry dollars as part of an ongoing statewide grant process. They are hopeful that the new program will go a long way toward adding greenery to historically neglected Oakland neighborhoods.

Melbourne's Urban Forest Bombarded with Emails of Love

The Melbourne city council in Australia has devised an interactive urban forest map that provides individual data on each of the 70,000 trees that line the streets and parks of central Melbourne.

Each tree is assigned an identification number, which allows you to email it. Ostensibly this is to report damaged branches, but emailed expressions of tree devotion have been received from admirers.

Increasing Rural Community Wealth and Environmental Health in Kentucky

Blog submitted by Sarah C. Gracey, urban forestry coordinator with the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF).

Greening Massachusetts' Gateway Cities

Blog submitted by Julie Coop, Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The Greening the Gateway Cities program (GGC) is a multi-agency partnership designed to reduce household heating and cooling energy use by increasing tree canopy cover in urban areas.