Tuesday, December 30, 2008

OH; 12/30/08

ODNR Division of Forestry > Home > urban > TREE COMMISSION ACADEMY ...Regardless of a community’s size or capacity, Tree Commissions are vital in supporting the public employees who care for and expand their urban tree canopy. ...

Monday, December 29, 2008

Muncie, IN; 12/28/08

City's most popular tree has a shady reputation Muncie Star Press - Muncie,IN,USA Older varieties can become leggy and disorganized in the canopy. Honey locust leaves are not a problem in the fall because they disintegrate. ...

Miami, FL; 12/26/08

Scouts help restore area's greenery MiamiHerald.com - Miami,FL,USA Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and neighbors joined the effort to replace a tree canopy in Southwest Ranches decimated by Hurricane Wilma three years ago. ...

San Francisco, CA; 12/28/08

SF landmark law preserves city's special trees San Francisco Chronicle - CA, USA Until recently, any tree could be chopped down, regardless of its age, size or species - San Francisco's green giants weren't protected the same way a historic building or other defining artifact might be. That changed in 2005, with a new law that allows trees to be given landmark status.

Bethesda, MD; 12/28/08

A Little Give and Take Is Called for in Debate Over Purple Line Route Washington Post - United States To many outsiders, the clash over the trail looks like a civil war within the left -- with hard-core greens pushing to save the quiet, the tree canopy and ...

Friday, December 26, 2008

USA; 12/25/08

Protecting and Developing the Urban Tree Canopy: A 135-City Survey ..."In cities across America, efforts to preserve and enlarge the tree canopy in support of both sustainability and beautification goals have grown in importance over the past several years. The U.S. Conference of Mayors Community Trees Task Force was created in 2006 in response to mayors’ increasing awareness of the value of urban forests and their increasing interest in ways that communities can be improved through expansion of community tree programs. The Task Force requested that Conference staff undertake a survey of current efforts in cities to expand and protect the urban tree canopy; The Home Depot Foundation provided funding for the effort. The goal was to produce a baseline of information – essentially, a report on the state of community trees in America – that could be shared by all mayors and other stakeholders concerned with the management and care of an increasingly important urban forest." [from Executive Summary]

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Winston-Salem, NC; 12/24/08

Today is a beautiful day Letter to the Editor regarding city's passage of a weakened tree protection ordiance.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Washington, DC; 12/23/08

Urban Tree Canopy Goals › Key Findings & Data Resources ...Washington, DC is now in the process of setting UTC goals in accordance with the District’s 2006 Comprehensive Plan and a 2003 directive from the Chesapeake Executive Council. The latest air quality plan (SIP) for the Washington, DC airshed includes establishing goals for tree canopy. The UTC framework may also be able to provide an accounting structure for using trees in this carbon trading scheme. By adopting Urban Tree Canopy goals, Washington, DC will join the likes of Baltimore, Annapolis, New York City, and Boston in using innovative technology to track and develop forward-thinking policies for our urban forest.

Earth; 12/23/08

New Science & Technology: How do trees affect the weather? Whether ...Trees affect our climate, and therefore our weather, in three primary ways: they lower temperatures, reduce energy usage and reduce or remove air pollutants. Each part of the tree contributes to climate control, from leaves to roots.
Leaves help turn down the thermostat. They cool the air through a process called evapotranspiration. It may seem like an invisible process to our eyes, but a large oak tree is capable of transpiring 40,000 gallons of water into the atmosphere during one year [source: USGS].

Issaquah, WA; 12/23/08

New tree regulations are adopted : The Issaquah Press - News ...The City Council approved new tree-preservation regulations at its Dec. 15 meeting, and it is hoped that they will take the guesswork out of tree removal while also protecting the city’s green canopy. Created as amendments to the Land Use Code, the new sections are intended to maintain a tree canopy over at least 51 percent of the city.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Salisbury, MD; 12/22/08

Environmental Initiative: Environmental Initiative: Urban Tree Canopy (Chesapeake Bay Urban Tree Canopy). Brief Synopsis: An urban tree canopy is an essential component of a healthy ...

Dallas, TX; 12/22/08

Microsoft PowerPoint - QOL_roadmap_120908.ppt Map urban tree canopy by. neighborhood, conifer vs. deciduous composition, all in. GoogleEarth environment. Benefits. First “green data layer” in ...

Arlington, VA; 12/22/08

Arlington, VA - Urban Forest Master Plan — Urban Forestry South However, many challenges still exist that have adverse affects on our tree canopy coverage. An urban tree canopy is the layer of leaves, branches, ...

USA; 12/22/08

Close this window > What's News New Fact Sheet Helps Communities ...Local Governments Environmental Assistance Network (LGEAN)...The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has produced a fact sheet called “ Urban Tree Canopy.” This two-page fact sheet addresses such commonly asked ...

Burlington, VT; 12/22/08

URBAN FORESTRY URBAN FORESTRY URBAN FORESTRY URBAN FORESTRY ...Increase Burlington’s Urban Tree Canopy to 50% (from current 43%) ... Use the Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) Study to identify areas of the city with highest ...

Binghamton, NY; 12/22/08

Binghamton’s tree initiatives continue trend of increased annual ...EmpireStateNews.net - Newburgh,New York,USA They took place across the City, including in neighborhoods with disproportionately low tree canopy, such as Center City and the North Side.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Bluffton, SC; 12/20/08

Outlet redesign ignores need to change Hilton Head Island Packet - Hilton Head Island,SC,USA... utilizing existing infrastructure, which produces a reduction in air emissions, investment in vegetation and tree canopy for a cooling effect, ...

Cumberland, MD; 12/20/08

Smouse’s Mill Road site for shade-tree nursery Cumberland Times-News - Cumberland,MD,USA For more information about the Urban Tree Canopy Program, visit The Maryland De-partment of Natural Re-sources Web site at ...

Friday, December 19, 2008

Miami Beach, FL; 12/19/08

Miami Beach planting new trees to restore green canopy MiamiHerald.com - Miami,FL,USA Latt estimates the city's tree canopy is currently less than 10 percent. Most successful urban areas have tree canopy rates double or triple that figure, ...

Ithaca, NY; 12/19/08

Trees in Bloom: A tree storm on Elmira Road Ithaca Journal - Ithaca,NY,USA Sidewalk installation further reduced the tree canopy in the Route 13 corridor. Neither of these projects contained funding for replacement trees. ...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sacramento, CA; 12/18/08

They speak for the trees Sacramento News & Review - Sacramento,CA,USAEverybody agrees that the central city is losing its lush tree canopy. Benassini says development is only a small part of the loss. ...See all stories on this topic

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

USA; 12/17/08

Watershed Forestry Resource Guide now available on the web « clear ...Do you need help setting an urban tree canopy goal for your community? Are you unsure how to prioritize planting locations and forest conservation tracts in your watershed? Do you need training materials to teach others how to estimate ...clear environmental - http://clearenvironmental.wordpress.com/

Ukiah, CA; 12/17/08

Tree ordinance City Council tonight 6:30pm « Ukiah Blog Now Bruni Kobbe’s well written letter to the editor appeared in yesterdays UDJ to highlight the many benefits of the urban canopy. Thanks Bruni, and to all of you for doing your part on behalf tree protection and healthy communities. ...Ukiah Blog Now - http://ukiahcommunityblog.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Portland, OR; 12/16/08

Landscape+Urbanism: Green Plot Ratio By Jason King dialogue and siftings from Portland, Oregon focusing on landscape architecture, sustainable urbanism, vegetated architecture, urban agriculture, living walls, green roofs, ecological planning and landscape urbanism theory. ...Landscape+Urbanism - http://landscapeandurbanism.blogspot.com/

Sunday, December 14, 2008

USA; 11/10/08

Sustainable Sites Initiative Releases Guidelines and Performance ...The report notes that studies conducted by American Forests found that tree canopy reduces residential home cooling costs, saving an average of between $11 per household per year in Portland, Oregon, and $28 per household per year in ...Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefi... - http://www.envirovaluation.org/index.php

Sarasota, FL; 12/13/08

Sarasota Receives Tree City USA Designation The city of Sarasota was honored again as a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation, recognizing the city’s commitment to the urban canopy. Of course, this isn't the...About Tampa Bay - http://tampa.about.com/

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Indonesia; 12/1/08

First Lady to launch tree planting movement

Seattle, WA: 12/13/08

Help Pass Seattle's Interim Tree Protection Ordinance - email City ...By http://mail.google.com/mail/h/11x11zimcimea/?v=b&cs=wh&to=noreply@blogger.com (Steve Zemke) We need you to add your voice in support of the city stepping up and providing stronger protection for both individual trees and tree groves and our green urban habitat. Seattle’s urban tree canopy according to the city had decreased ...Majority Rules Blog - http://www.majorityrules.org/blog/

Denver, CO; 12/13/08

Electric motorized scooter By admin Since last July, Denver’s tree canopy has increased by 65356 trees. During his second Inaugural Address on June 16, Mayor John Hickenlooper called it “one of the largest, if not the largest, single-year expansions of an urban forest in ...Electric Cost Monitoring - http://electriccostmonitor.com/

New York, NY; 10/29/08

Mayor Bloomberg And Bette Midler Plant Tree 111111 At One Year ... By admin Planting efforts have been focused in these neighborhoods to increase tree canopy cover to combat high rates of adolescent asthma. MillionTreesNYC’s first year planting goal was originally set at 93397 trees –the initiative exceeded ...

Friday, December 12, 2008

Dhaka, Bangladesh; 12/12/08

Green Plot Ratio: Environmental planning of cities The Daily Star - Dhaka,Bangladesh Weeks ago I went through the article 'Blazing Dhaka: An urban heat island' written by one of my departmental fellows in The Daily Star. ...

Bell Buckle, TN; 12/12/08

Bell Buckle employees given raise, bonus Shelbyville Times-Gazette - TN,USATheir goal is that each municipality strive for a 40 percent canopy cover through ordinances and development situations and identify plantable spaces and ...

Nashville, TN; 12/12/08

Councilman Tygard wants to help residents buy trees The Tennessean - Nashville,TN,USA Tygard hopes a small financial incentive will raise awareness about the city's declining tree canopy and the environmental benefits of tree planting. ...

Winston-Salem, NC; 12/12/08

Planners plant seed of tree canopy with their OK Winston-Salem Journal - Winston-Salem,NC,USA Glenn Simmons, a member of the planning board, said that having plenty of trees in urban settings helps with storm-water runoff, improves air quality and ...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Chattanooga,TN; 12/10/08

ClearSpring Yoga To Host "Take Root" Fundraiser The Chattanoogan - Chattanooga,TN,USAThese plantings will eventually increase the tree canopy from seven to 15 percent. Sue Reynolds, co-director of ClearSpring Yoga, said, “We at ClearSpring ...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Boston, MA; 12/09/08

CA Inc: CA, Inc. Donates Colorado Blue Spruce Trees to the City of ...Trading Markets (press release) - Los Angeles,CA,USA... Boston and its partners in Boston's Urban Forest Coalition (BUFC) to increase the urban tree canopy cover in the city by planting 100000 trees by 2020. ...

Williamsport, MD; 12/09/08

Williamsport brainstorms tourism ideas Hagerstown Morning Herald - Hagerstown,MD,USA In a related issue, council members were told that the town will receive a $14736 state Urban Tree Canopy Grant to plant trees along Potomac Street in ...

Blogger's note: The two endpoints of the Great Allegany Passage, Cumberland (south) and Pittsburgh (north) have both had UTC assessments and set UTC goals.

Earth; 12/08/08

Carbon Dioxide Measurement Satellite Green Muze - Salt Spring Island,British Columbia,Canada The ESA spacecraft will also provide information on tree canopy topography, atmospheric aerosol and cloud layer measurements, greatly improving weather ...

Nashville, TN; 12/06/08

Appreciation of trees is growing in Nashville The Tennessean - Nashville,TN,USA The group American Forests (americanforests.org) recommends every city have a goal for a tree canopy with minimum thresholds. The organization has even ...

Sarasota County, FL; 12/06/08

County is investing in trees Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Sarasota,FL,USANASA’s Urban Heat Island Project found that tree canopies reduce urban temperatures by an average of 8 to 15 degrees. Trees shading the southern and western ...

Washington, DC; 12/05/08

Community Organizations Form Partnership to Beautify Tenley Circle PR Web (press release) - Ferndale,WA,USAWilliam R. Singleton-Hope-Lebanon Masonic Lodge and Casey Trees, a non-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding the tree canopy in Washington, DC, ...

Philadelphia, PA; 12/05/08

Three Kensington women doing their part. Philadelphia Inquirer - Philadelphia,PA,USAThey're working with TreeVitalize, a state program dedicated to replacing the tree canopy lost to development, age, disease and negligence in hard-hit ...

New York, NY; 12/05/08

Class Helps NYC Plant One Million New Trees UVM News - Burlington,VT,USA... Watt and other officials in New York helping them to measure and quantify their existing urban tree canopy and how much plantable area there might be. ...

Boone, NC; 12/05/08

The town of Boone explored a forest of possibilities by gathering ...Watauga Democrat - Boone,NC,USA The town held a couple of public-input sessions Wednesday to talk about tree credits, canopy preservation, and land-use regulations. ...

Nashville, TN; 12/05/08

Urban tree canopy plans come with multiple benefitsThe Tennessean - Nashville,TN,USABy Steven Scott • December 5, 2008 It was great to read the recent editorial topic on Metro's proposal for improving the urban tree canopy in residential ...