Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Commission worries that Los Gatos tree protection rules not always followed; Los Gatos, CA

Commission worries that Los Gatos tree protection rules not always followed - San Jose Mercury News

By Judy Peterson

Los Gatos Weekly-Times
Posted: 06/30/2009 03:16:30 PM PDT
Updated: 06/30/2009 03:16:30 PM PDT

Whenever construction of a new building or home is proposed in town, the issue of how many trees might be impacted or displaced comes up in due course.
Los Gatos has a tree care ordinance designed to protect the 20,000-plus trees on town-owned property, along with the thousands more that are located on private property.
But members of the Los Gatos Parks Commission are concerned that the tree protection rules are not always followed.

Morristown UTC project one of 14 community efforts to get Sustainable Jersey grants via Wal Mart; Morristown, NJ

Tree grant means Morristown to be a shadier place | dailyrecord.com | Daily Record

The town is getting a $25,000 grant to create some shade.

Morristown was one of four municipalities in the state, and the only one in Morris County, to get a $25,000 Sustainable Jersey grant from the state League of Municipalities. The program recognizes efforts made by towns to become more environmentally friendly by implementing programs such as those that reduce greenhouse gases, increase recycling, and promote walking and bicycling.
The grant will be awarded to the Morristown Partnership, the local business development group. Paul Miller, director of Sustainablity Programs at the Partnership, who wrote the grant, said the town will use the money to enhance its urban tree canopy project.

Add spontaneous combustion to insults suffered by urban trees; Gainesville, GA

Holly tree suffers damage from fire

A section of the holly tree recently damaged by a fire.

By Melissa Weinman

POSTED June 29, 2009 11:19 p.m.

Gainesville officials are uncertain about the fate of the holly tree in downtown Gainesville following a fire that left a section of the tree singed and brown.

The large tree, located at the fork of Academy and Green streets, is often decorated with bows or lights to celebrate holidays throughout the year.

Gainesville Fire Chief Jon Canada said the tree caught fire around midnight June 20, but the cause of the fire is unknown.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Ash borer found in Schaumburg; Schaumburg, IL

Daily Herald | Ash borer found in Schaumburg
The tree-killing emerald ash borer has been discovered in the southwestern corner of Schaumburg.

Village officials said the Illinois Department of Agriculture confirmed the infestation earlier this month. The village didn't give a specific location or say how many trees were found to be infested with the metallic green pests, but did indicate that a third of the village's publicly owned 36,000 trees are ash trees.

Exotic invasive albizia trees cause risk to travelers on Kuhio Highway - state developing management plan; Kalihiwai, HI

TheGardenIsland.com > News > Kauai News > Invasive trees still causing damage

By Paul C. Curtis - The Garden Island
Published: Monday, June 29, 2009 2:09 AM HST
KALIHIWAI — Invasive albizia trees, which grew naturally along Kuhio Highway to form a tree-tunnel-like canopy pleasing to some motorists, are still causing trouble, according to neighbors and state officials.

A week after tree trimmers removed some of the branches thought to be dangerous to drivers, another branch came crashing down, landing on a North Shore family’s mini-van, denting the hood and crushing the windshield, said Adam Frye, who lives along the highway in Kalihiwai.

“I think everyone was OK, physically, but mentally, holy cow, must have been so scary,” he said in an e-mail.

The state has hired a professional to assess the situation and a report of the findings is due next month.

SWCD searching for largest white oak tree in Pike County; Pike County, OH

SWCD searching for largest white oak tree in Pike County | chillicothegazette.com | Chillicothe Gazette
June 28, 2009
In an effort to encourage landowners and others interested in trees, the Pike Soil and Water Conservation District is conducting a contest in search of the largest white oak tree in Pike County.
On a statewide basis, the Ohio Division of Forestry, in cooperation with the International Paper Co., conducts the state Big Tree Program. According to the division, the national Big Tree Registry of 826 big trees is maintained by American Forests, a conservation organization based in Washington, D.C.
On the local level, the goal of the district's program is to engage individuals with an interest in Ohio's forest resource in the search of the largest white oak tree, and to reward the individual who finds the largest specimen of this particular species.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sycamore subject of new Rob Reiner film gets real trim while adjacent tree gets virtual removal to address citizen concerns; Ann Arbor, MI

The Ann Arbor Chronicle » Ann Arbor Park Gets Movie Stimulus
Virginia Park trees trimmed in prep for Reiner movie 'Flipped'
By Dave AskinsJune 27, 2009
The sycamore trees were trimmed enough to get blue sky separation between the canopies. The tree on the right will be digitally removed in the film. (Photo by the writer.)On June 18, neighbors of Virginia Park, located just north of W. Liberty Street in Ann Arbor, received a letter from the city. The note from parks and recreation services manager Colin Smith alerted them to the filming of the Rob Reiner movie “Flipped,” to take place towards the end of July. Construction of the set, according to the letter, would begin as early as June 22.
Part of the set construction involved trimming some branches on two of the park’s sycamore trees – a task that was begun the same week as the letter sent from the city.
But the trimming was interrupted, and wasn’t completed until this last Friday morning – under the scrutiny of an Ann Arbor police officer, locations staff from the movie, Craig Hupy (head of systems planning for the city), Kerry Gray (coordinator for urban forestry and natural resources planning), Kay Sicheneder (city forester), plus a half-dozen interested neighbors.

Maine's Project Canopy funds local tree planting; Hampden, ME

Tree Planting Project In Hampden - WABI TV5
by Amy Erickson · Jun 27th 2009 · See more Local News
Hampden residents spent Saturday making their town more beautiful.

The town teamed up with the Hampden Tree Board for a special Arbor Day activitity.

Volunteers planted about fifty trees and shrubs at the Lura Hoit Pool on Western Ave.

The project was funded by a Project Canopy grant from the Maine Forest Service.

Kentucky declares quarantine in effort to control ash borer; Maysville, KY

The Ledger Independent > Local News > Emerald Ash Borer quarantine nearby
Saturday, June 27, 2009 1:37 AM EDT
Green, mean tree-killing machines are getting closer to our area, officials announced this week.

Researchers studying contents of the purple bug catchers local residents have seen dangling from trees in the last month have discovered emerald ash borers in several northern Kentucky counties.

A result of the discovery is a quarantine issued by Kentucky State Entomologist John Obrycki, of the affected counties for certain wood products associated with the pests or actions which could lead to the spread of the insects and decimation of ash trees in the state.

Mulch is good, mowers and trimmers bad when it comes to tree trunks; Tyler, TX

Tyler Paper - Tyler Morning Telegraph
Perhaps nothing is more valuable around the home than a nice shade tree. I often get questions about young shade trees which appear to be dying. Symptoms will vary, but often include less foliage, a thin canopy, the edges of the leaves are burned, and sometimes a dead tree.

People with trees like this may wonder what insect or disease is working on the tree. Too often, however, the answer lies right in the hands of the tree's caretaker. The problem I refer to is mower and trimmer blight."

Rumored downtown clearcut not pending, but concerns have some basis; San Luis Obispo, CA

New Times SLO | Publishing Local News and Entertainment for over 20 years in San Luis Obispo County


If a person listened closely to the hum of rumors circulating around the streets of downtown SLO, craning to hear whispers between the creaking of giant trees and the murmur of traffic, they might have heard the one about how the city’s downtown “forest” is due to be clear-cut.

If they listened particularly closely, they might have heard that a certain commerce-oriented organization wanted to remove the leafy canopy and plant trees that are little more than twigs in their place.

Is there truth in this rumor? There is some, but there’s no cause for panic.

The city does have a plan to remove all of San Luis Obispo’s vaunted downtown trees—someday. According to city arborist Ron Combs, at the planned removal rate it would take between 50 and 60 years before the last of today’s canopy is torn out.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Floyd County removing more trees then planting - time for an action plan; Floyd County, GA

County Commission Given Community Forest Update :: RomeNewswire.com
By Dawn Treglown • on June 23, 2009

Connie Head, consulting forester with Technical Forestry Services in Commerce, on Tuesday gave Floyd County Commissioners an update on a city project of developing a professional Community Tree Management Master Plan.
The three phases of the project include assessment of existing conditions; strategic planning and development of a vision and goals; and development of the plan.
The project is currently in the third and final phase.
The Rome/Floyd County Comprehensive Plan supports community tree management, and the city currently has five certified arborists on its staff.
In 2008, the ratio of tree planting to tree removals was 1:2.4, compared to 1:1 in previous years.

Purcellville gets tree grant from state; Purcellville, VA

Leesburg Today - The Journal of Loudoun County - Grants To Support Purcellville Tree Projects
By Margaret Morton
(Created: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 11:16 AM EDT)
The Virginia Department of Forestry has granted $6,205 to the Town of Purcellville for two planned urban forestry projects.

The funds are available through the Urban and Community Forestry Grant Assistance Program, which is a partnership of the U.S. Forestry Service, the Virginia Department of Forestry and Trees Virginia.

The program is designed to promote tree planting, care of trees, the protection and enhancement of urban forest ecosystems and education on tree matters in cities, towns and communities across the country."

Monday, June 22, 2009

Columbus arborist guarantees his treatment won't cost you your ash; Columbus, OH

Columbus Local News: Region > News > Arborist's treatment protects against ash borers
Published: Monday, June 22, 2009 10:27 AM EDT

Several Central Ohio cities are cutting down ash trees to prevent infestation of the emerald ash borer, an invasive, wood-boring insect that infests and kills native North American ash trees.

But one Dublin arborist says he can save them.

Elliott Schaffer, a certified arborist, started Environmental Horticultural Services in response to the pest, which was first discovered in the U.S. in Michigan seven years ago.

His advertisement says, 'I can treat your trees with an injection that controls the emerald ash borer for one full season -- guaranteed.' And that's what he's hoping people will opt to do."

Chattanooga's "Take Root" UTC initiative wins 2009 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award; Chattanooga, TN

Take Root Wins 2009 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award - WRCB Channel 3 Chattanooga News, Weather |

Posted: June 22, 2009 11:51 AM EDT
Updated: June 22, 2009 12:41 PM EDT
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Chattanooga's urban forestry project, Take Root, recently won the 2009 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award in the Agriculture & Forestry category. The state-wide award recognizes voluntary actions taken by organizations and individuals to protect and improve Tennessee's natural environment.
'These award winners truly have taken environmental stewardship to a new and innovative level, setting an example for all Tennesseans,' said Governor Phil Bredesen. 'I am extremely proud of this year's diverse group of honorees - including school children, grassroots organizers, public and private universities and industry leaders - demonstrating that each person can make a difference in protecting Tennessee's natural resources.'"

Isn't the bug enough? Ash rust on the move in Nebraska

Omaha.com - The Omaha World-Herald
Published Monday June 22, 2009
Rust on leaves won’t kill ash trees
Orange and yellow “measles” cover the leaves of Pat Richardson’s backyard ash tree in southwest Omaha.
Fearful for the health of her tree, she went looking for answers.
She’s not alone.
“We’ve had hundreds of people coming in this year, wondering what’s wrong with their ash trees,” said Mary Anna Anderson of the University of Nebraska Extension in Douglas and Sarpy Counties.
Those bumpy orange spots are caused by ash rust, a windborne fungus.
Diseased leaves will drop this summer, but people shouldn’t be alarmed, Anderson said. The tree should releaf, and its overall health shouldn’t be affected.

Project Canopy recognizes champion tree, gives grant for urban fruit orchard; Madison, ME

Whopper poplar at Lakewood
Staff Writer


MADISON -- Tomatoes.

For the past few years, that is what Madison has been known for, with its massive greenhouses at Backyard Farms.

Now it's trees.

"I think it's kind of a funny thing, we grow tomatoes and we grow trees," said the town's Economic Development Director Joy Hikel.

The town of Madison has been recognized by the Maine Forest Service's Project Canopy as having the biggest balsam poplar tree in the state and is the recipient of a Project Canopy grant for a fruit orchard in the downtown business district.

There it is, right there on the 2009-10 Maine Register of Big Trees Web site: Poplar, balsam, Madison, Maine.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Residents skeptical of city's justification for tree removals; Ann Arbor, MI

Tree loss bothers residents - MLive.com: "Tree loss bothers residents
Neighbors question rules Ann Arbor forestry says it follows
Saturday, June 20, 2009
The Ann Arbor News
Several residents on Ann Arbor's west side are angry a massive silver maple tree they believe was healthy was cut down by city foresters.More distressing, they say, is that the 4-foot diameter tree on Charlton Street in the Virginia Park neighborhood was a casualty in a larger pattern. The group believes trees are being removed by default, rather than after efforts to save them.

That's troubling in a town nicknamed for its canopy, said Gary Woodworth and Sue Perry, two area residents who are part of the group upset by the tree's removal. It's particularly troubling in a town where some 10 percent of public ash trees were recently lost to a lethal, invading insect, they say.

"If the tree needs to come down, then take it down,'' Woodworth said. "But if the tree can be saved, save the tree, rather than if there is a reason to cut it down, then do it.''

But city forestry officials say they follow a set of specific guidelines when deciding whether to take down a public tree. They say healthy trees aren't removed simply at a property owner's request.

Ann Arbor taps stormwater fund to plant 1,000 trees per year to mitigate ash borer impacts; Ann Arbor, MI

Ann Arbor launching program to replant 1,000 trees a year - Ann Arbor News - The Latest News, Blogs, Photos & Videos – MLive.com
by Judy McGovern | The Ann Arbor News
Friday June 19, 2009, 7:26 PM
Ann Arbor is launching a significant new replanting program this fall to add roughly 1,000 new trees every year.
The initiative begins half a dozen years after the die-off of once-plentiful ash trees.
City officials say they'll use aerial photos to identify the more pronounced holes in Ann Arbor's tree canopy and concentrate on those spots.
Street trees will be planted across the city, said Kerry Gray, urban forest and natural resources coordinator. City employees will likely do the work, but details are still being worked out"

Op-ed writer notes that environmentalists and developers agree tree ordinance needs clarity; Dallas, TX

Editorial: Dallas improving its tree ordinance | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Opinion: Editorials

On one point both groups agree: Dallas' tree ordinance is lacking.
Developers denounce the many hoops they're forced to jump through as they try to unravel the time-consuming process for obtaining exemptions and removing trees. Ultimately, the roadblocks that City Hall throws up discourage development, they say.
Those on the side of protecting trees complain that what was touted as a preservation ordinance really is a mitigation policy – one that's aimed at replacing trees instead of preserving them. They tell horror stories about clear-cutting and the 'moonscapes' that have resulted under existing rules.

Ash borer hits Ohio State U, surrounding neighborhood; Columbus, OH

The Columbus Dispatch : Ash borer is spreading through county
Friday, June 19, 2009 3:12 AM
By Elizabeth Gibson


Melissa Zralik doesn't have any romantic memories about the tree in front of her Bexley home. It was just the marker she lined up with her side-view mirror when parking.
But a tree is still a sentimental thing, she said.
As the chainsaw roared and the smell of sawdust filled the air Wednesday, she was already missing the only tree on her lot. No more utility-bill-reducing shade. No more canopy of privacy. No more appreciating the colors in the fall.
The ash tree already had been doomed by the emerald ash borers fleeing its sawed-off limbs.
Although it's still mostly concentrated in the northeastern part of Franklin County, the borer was spotted in Bexley for the first time a few weeks ago.
Ohio State University reported its first case around the same time at Chadwick Arboretum."

Ash borer shuffles off to Buffalo; Buffalo, NY

State fights beetles threatening ash trees : Home: The Buffalo News

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Self-described tree lover says Charlottesville plan to get more tree canopy does not make sense; Charlottesville, VA

Discovering Urbanism: When is an urban forest large enough?

In the 2007 Comprehensive Plan, the City of Charlottesville set for itself the ambitious goal of creating a 40% tree canopy. At least it seemed ambitious at the time. After performing an analysis of aerial photos this year, city officials realized that 46% of the area is actually already covered by trees. In response, a new Urban Forest Management Plan has been drafted that calls for yet more trees. City Council has reviewed the plan, and everyone who spoke wholeheartedly endorsed making this a reality.

The plan recommends several methods for increasing the scale of natural forest land within city limits, including protecting forested parkland and/or forested private lawns in perpetuity with conservation easements, increasing the tree planting requirements for all new development, and acquiring more public land to be converted into green space. To clarify, we're talking specifically about the 10 square miles within the limits of the City of Charlottesville."

Guelph op ed writer decries pre-emptive clear cuts in natural areas in anticipation of new tree protection laws; Guelph, Ontario, Canada

GuelphMercury.com - Opinions - We must act now to save our trees

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a noise?
If a developer cuts down acres of trees and no one does anything about it, should we make some noise?
Along Gordon Street beyond the sprawling subdivisions and ugly strip malls, some beautiful natural areas remain -- treasured by the families who have owned and loved them for many years, areas of rolling hills, towering trees, large ponds and abundant wildlife.
Sometime during the last week, Carson Reid Homes sent a diesel-powered machine called a feller-forwarder into one of those pristine areas. Looking like a huge praying mantis, it rumbled through the stands of large old maples and ironwoods other hardwoods including cherry, elm, ash and century-old fruit trees, clear cutting approximately 30 hectares of woods on Paris Galt Moraine land in the Hanlon Creek watershed."

Ash borer on the march in upstate New York; Tonawanda, NY

Tonawanda News - ENVIRONMENT: Asian beetle has potentially devastating taste for ash trees
By John Hopkins
The Tonawanda News

An invasive green species has arrived in Western New York, and state officials are taking up arms to eradicate the creatures.

Although it doesn’t pose a threat to humans, the Emerald Ash Borer — a type of beetle native to Asia — has the potential to wipe out the ash tree population, on a grander scale than what Dutch elm disease did to urban landscapes in the 1960s and 1970s.

It would also, state officials say, have an impact on the state and national economies. The eastern United States produces nearly 114 million board-feet (1-foot wide, 1-foot long and 1-inch thick) of ash timber at a value of $25.1 million. When you factor in other businesses that benefit from ash wood, the economic losses nationwide could be more than $20 billion.

Protecting the World's Most Expensive Tree; Moshi, Tanzania

ENVIRONMENT-TANZANIA: Protecting the World's Most Expensive Tree
By Denis Gathanju*
Moshi, TANZANIA, Jun 18 (IPS/IFEJ) - With the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro providing a backdrop under simmering tropical sunshine, a group of women in Mijongweni village break into song.
The song, in Swahili, praises the benefits of protecting the environment and living in harmony with nature for the survival of generations; values vital to the survival of one of the rarest hardwood trees in the world, the African blackwood.

Known to locals as mpingo, the African blackwood (dalbergia melanoxylon) is a tree that has been exploited to extinction in southern Ethiopia and Kenya and is currently only found in Tanzania and northern Mozambique. Tanzania boasts large tracts of natural forest and woodlands

While few people would recognise the tree, many across the world have heard its melodious tunes: the tree is a prized commodity for makers of musical instruments like flutes, clarinets and oboes, so much so that it is today the most expensive hardwood tree in the world, currently fetching up to 25,000 dollars per cubic metre.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Georgia DOT alters design to minimize impacts to tree; Atlanta, GA

SANDY SPRINGS WATER OAK: Nature wins one | ajc.com

By Mary Macdonald
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 06/26/08
A tree in Sandy Springs that took root in the Great Depression will live to see an even riper old age.
The now massive water oak, on Abernathy Road, will be protected when a road expansion project begins this fall.
The state Department of Transportation has agreed to some design changes to help the tree survive, including moving the new sidewalk slightly and using a porous material for the road shoulder, a state spokesman said.
Both steps should help protect the 75-year-old tree by allowing more water and oxygen to reach its roots, said Michael Barnett, an arborist with the city of Sandy Springs. A fence will also be installed around the tree, to protect it from heavy construction equipment.

Heritage tree program provides protection to important trees; Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Heritage above our heads - Peterborough Examiner - Ontario, CA
Magnificent old trees carry reminders of the past and hope for the future

There is a colossal burr oak on Homewood Avenue in Peterborough that has many a story to tell. Estimated at 200 to 300 years old, it has witnessed no less than the entire history of our city, from the time of the first settlers to the present era. Before that, it would have also observed the comings and goings of native people who used this area for hunting and fishing. Its corky, fire-resistant bark would have allowed it to survive the grass fires that these same hunters and fishers set in order to keep the land clear.

This burr oak is a wonderful example of a heritage tree. Heritage trees are not only the oldest trees in an area, but they often have stories of historical significance associated with them. The Ontario Heritage Tree Alliance (OHTA) defines heritage trees as "those that are community landmarks because of their unique physical, cultural and historical significance and that may be at risk unless their importance is recognized." There are provincial guidelines provided by the OHTA, but the responsibility for heritage tree programs ultimately lies with each municipality to implement or not, and to decide what qualifies as a heritage tree for that municipality. Peterborough does not as of yet have a heritage tree program.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

City exceeds UTC goal by getting better data rather than by planting more trees; Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center: Forest Management Plan presented to Council; Updated data shows City already exceeds its tree canopy goal
Forest Management Plan presented to Council; Updated data shows City already exceeds its tree canopy goal
Charlottesville Tomorrow
By Julia Glendening
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
On June 15, 2009, Brian Daly, Charlottesville’s Acting Parks and Recreation Director, and Chris Gensic, the Park and Trail Planner, presented the Urban Forest Management Plan to Charlottesville City Council. The plan would enhance and preserve forested areas in the City through monitoring existing trees, planting new trees, and improving public education about the benefits of urban forests. The 2007 Comprehensive Plan established a goal of 40% canopy coverage throughout the City. Gensic said the City has exceeded this overall goal, but some forested areas still need to be expanded in order to have consistent canopy coverage in all areas of the City. The Council approved of the Plan and said they looked forward to seeing how the program could improve Charlottesville’s urban forests.

Smells like tree spirit - tree hugger stands up for passage of long debated tree ordinance; Pensacola, FL

Timber! Tree debate stumps all | pnj.com | Pensacola News Journal
Mark OBrien • June 17, 2009
The staffer dryly reminded the Pensacola City Council that it began looking at a tighter tree ordinance a few years ago after 'development in the northeast' drew attention.
Actually, what happened was that many people became rip-roarin' angry at the sight of large stands of trees clear-cut from huge lots on Bayou and Airport boulevards.The trees were hardly prize redwoods, but they did serve a purpose and have sentimental value.At least a valuable health care facility was built on the lot on Airport Boulevard. The lot on Bayou Boulevard produced little more than Rave 15, a theater that shows essentially the same movies you can see at the Rave 18 on W Street, a few miles away.

City councillors seek ways to get ahead of pending ash borer invasion; St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

City councillors seek ways to combat emerald ash borer - St. Catharines Standard - Ontario, CA
Posted By Marlene Bergsma, Standard Staff
Updated 1 day ago

The emerald ash borer may already be lurking in St. Catharines — which has city councillors pondering potentially drastic ways to reduce its devastation.
“The likelihood that it’s in St. Catharines is very probable,” Allison Barr of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency told city councillors this week. “It’s just a matter of detecting it.”
Barr said since the destructive beetle was found in Welland earlier this month, it’s almost certainly here, too.
“Visual detection will be easier later in the summer, in July, August and September,” Barr said, when the rapid yellowing and dropping of leaves from infected trees will become visible.
That had Port Dalhousie Councillor Bruce Williamson and St. Patrick’s Coun. Mark Elliott asking city staff to investigate ways to combat the invasive pest.
Williamson asked staff to find out if a new insecticide being tested is effective and if it’s affordable.
Elliott suggested an even more drastic solution.
“There are some neighbourhoods planted entirely in ash,” Elliott said. “Should we wait, or should we remove some of the trees now?”

Funding finally makes long-awaited UTC study possible; Charlotte, NC

Charlotte Business Journal: Charlotte revives tree inventory proposal
Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 1:02pm EDT | Modified: Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 3:40pm
Charlotte’s long-delayed tree canopy study may finally be funded.
City leaders postponed an $180,000 inventory of the city’s trees, one of many environmental projects that were casualties of cost-cutting last year.
Private grants totaling $110,000 has awarded to nonprofit group American Forests for this study. The city says it can add up to $50,000 for a reduced contract out of its Tree Canopy Protection Program established for fiscal 2009.
A 2003 study of the local tree canopy showed that Mecklenburg County lost more than 22% of its tree cover from 1984 to 2001.

Historic preservation group moves into old tree protection, decries tree space design that favors small trees; Spokane, WA

Spokesman.com | Preservation group advocating for old trees | Jun 16, 2009
City officials say they want trees that don’t damage pavement, utility lines
Mike Prager
The Spokesman-Review

Spokane Preservation Advocates, an organization that has fought to save historic buildings over the years, is branching out this month to preserve mature street trees.

Members are concerned that Spokane city policies are encouraging smaller trees along city streets.

City officials said they are simply trying to solve problems created by putting the large trees in small spaces; they are not forgoing large trees. They want healthy trees that don’t damage pavement or send branches into utility lines. The city requires permits for new trees or major pruning in city rights of way.

While small trees are useful, said urban forestry expert Professor Michael Kuhns, of Utah State University, “They are not what a lot of people want in an urban forest.”

Back to the drawing board for proposed Dallas tree ordinance - provisions cited as vague, complicated, and lacking protection; Dallas, TX

Dallas - Unfair Park - Sure, Only God Can Make a Tree. But a New Dallas Tree Ordinance? That's Man-Made.
By Alexa Schirtzinger in News You Can Actually Use, ActuallyTuesday, Jun. 16 2009 @ 8:42AM
Monday's public hearing on changes to Dallas's tree ordinance -- Article X of the Dallas City Code, to be specific -- was quiet, cordial, and borderline erudite. Every commenter seemed as well-informed as he or she was passionate, and the breadth of experience -- from two former city council members to a certified landscape architect and representatives from several neighborhood and building associations -- almost eclipsed the fact that there were only eight people who actually commented during the two-hour meeting in a basement auditorium of City Hall.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Researchers developing disease-resistant American elms; Twin Cities, MN

MPR: Researchers developing disease-resistant American elms
by Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio
June 16, 2009
Fargo, N.D.. — Minnesota could lose millions of ash trees to the emerald ash borer.
Forty-five years ago, disease struck another immensely popular tree, the American elm. Towering elms that shaded many streets were destroyed by Dutch elm disease.
The American elm is making a slow comeback.

Hampshire to counterattack after ash borers invade; Hampshire, IL

Hampshire to counterattack after ash borers invade :: The Courier News :: Local News
June 16, 2009
By DAVE GATHMAN dgathman@scn1.com

HAMPSHIRE — The emerald ash borer beetle has invaded a rising number of ash trees in Hampshire, and the village is mounting a counterattack.
Village Trustee Orris Ruth, chairman of the village board's fields and trails committee, said Monday that village officials will hire an arborist to inventory the status of each ash tree in Hampshire and probably will pass an ordinance requiring land owners with infected trees to cut them down. Ruth said he also expects the village board to amend existing ordinances so that developers no longer may plant new ash trees to satisfy their developments' landscaping requirements.

According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture's emerald ash borer Web site (www.agr.state.il.us/eab), the first Hampshire infestation was confirmed in December 2006 near Allen Road and Route 20. The site also states that the insect was found at Panama Avenue and White Oak Street on April 3 of this year."

After a year of debate, Pensacola tree ordinance needs more review and discussion; Pensacola, FL

Tree ordinance back on city's agenda | pnj.com | Pensacola News Journal
Jamie Page • jepage@pnj.com • June 15, 2009
After nearly a year of delay, changes to the City of Pensacola’s tree and landscape ordinance are back on the City Council’s plate.
The council on July 10 backed off its vote on strengthening the tree ordinance designed to protect Pensacola’s older, large trees to allow more time for stakeholders on both sides of the issue to continue hashing out a compromise.
At a workshop Monday, the council discussed the latest proposal, which includes more than 30 notable changes, such as defining heritage trees by size and type, a steeper cost for removing a heritage tree for both residential and commercial property owners, revising the size of replacement trees and giving developers credit for planting additional landscaping.

Monday, June 15, 2009

June 15th webinar portrays new tools to help track tree plantings, quantify benefits; State of MD

Urban Natural Resources Institute » Upcoming Webcast: Tree Registry and Aggregating Tree Benefits Calculator

“New Products Showcase” e-Learning Webcast
“Marylanders Plant Trees website/ Tree Registry and Aggregating Tree Benefits Calculator”
July 15, 2009
11:00 AM (Eastern)
Please plan to join us for an UNRI Informational Webcast, featuring the Tree Registry and Aggregating Tree Benefits Calculator, developed by the Maryland DNR and its partners. The tree registry enables Maryland residents to register multiple trees and aggregate their collective benefits using real time, locally generated costs. Data related to registered trees will be used to help Maryland track tree planting efforts as citizens and communities work to meet the tree planting goal of 50,000 trees in 2011, and the tree planting goal of one million trees in 2050.
Becky Wilson, MD DNR lead the effort, working with Davey Trees and the Forest Service to modify the tree benefits calculator initially developed by Casey Trees and Davey Trees. The new interactive web technology can be used to track tree planting, advocate for comprehensive tree management, empower citizens to plant more trees and help communities meet Urban Tree Canopy goals. They now have 7,000 data entries."

Regional park gem keeps sustainability, climate. water needs in mind; San Diego, CA

voiceofsandiego.org: People... Keeping an Urban Forest, and Resurrecting Trampled Flowerbeds Besides

Sunday, May 31, 2009 | In 1892, a dauntless woman named Kate Sessions convinced the city of San Diego to lease her 30 acres in old City Park for her thriving nursery business. In exchange, she'd plant 100 trees a year there and grow 300 more for the rest of the city. Those were the roots of Balboa Park; Sessions is considered the mother of the regional icon.
In 2009, horticulturist Crystal Ritchie drives a white city truck through the park, monitoring the thousands of trees, plants and shrubs in her purview. Immersed in the park's plant life, Ritchie seems to sense -- even more than she sees -- the places in a given radius where the current flora could be replaced with more drought-resistant plants. A dying tree presents an opportunity: what should we plant next?
It's a question shared in dry days across the San Diego region.
"We're all owning up to our climate -- we've been in what I think they call 'zonal denial,'" she says.

Ash borer poised for assault on Arboretum at Experiment Station; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Experimental Farm prepares to battle emerald ash borer invasion
The pretty metallic-green bug arrived in Ottawa last year. Now, it’s poised to devastate ash trees at the Experimental Farm. And this is only the beginning. Kate Jaimet explains.
The Ottawa Citizen
June 15, 2009
OTTAWA — At the base of the arboretum’s woodland hill, near where the canal branches off from Dow’s Lake toward the Carleton locks, two magnificent ash trees tower over the scenery.

Their crowns are more than 30 metres high, and their age is a mystery even to J.P. Gratton, the supervisor and chief arborist of the Arboretum and Ornamental Gardens at the Central Experimental Farm.
"I would say they are native trees. They were here before the farm was created (in 1887), I think. But we have no proof of that,” he said.
One thing he knows for sure, though, is that these are two trees he wants to save from a deadly insect.

If you're chillin' in the OC on June 20th, check out the Tree Huggers Ball and Go Green Expo; Orange County, CA

Orange County Tree Huggers Ball and Go Green Expo@Blackstar Ranch - Events

Date/Time:Sat., June 20, 6:00pmPrice: $30
Tree Huggers Ball
Andrew Tonkovich
The summertime (“when the weather is high you can stretch right up and touch the sky”) is closer in the eastern OC foothills. And when the weather is fine, you got women on your mind (or men), so make a dinner date that comes with folk music, bluegrass, Woody Guthrie sing-alongs and a bitchin’ Grateful Dead cover band—not to mention proceeds going to wildlands preservation (which will impress the pants off your special him or her). Canyon Land Conservation Fund works year-round to preserve the last of the wilderness within OC’s Cleveland National Forest, so check out this hip eco-outfit and arrange a romantic summer evening at the Fifth Annual Tree Hugger’s Ball, hosted by groovy canyon folk who are stewards of this land. They’ll serve dinner under the stars and the oak canopy, complete with dancing and, yes, exhibitors of eco-friendly products to make everybody smart and energy-efficient. Your date will dig your inner John Muir."

Green Miami gets fruity with UTC efforts; Miami, FL

Free Fruit Trees | Transit Miami

Published by Tony Garciaon June 12, 2009in Green Miami Campaign.
With talk of peak oil imminent, I thought it was well timed that the City of Miami is hosting a fruit tree giveaway to City residents tomorrow, Saturday June 12th. Considering the increased expense of shipping agricultural products across the world my bet is that we’ll need to rely on sources of food close to home, and how much closer can you get than a fruit tree in your own yard!

The Second Fruit Tree Giveaway is part of the City’s Green Miami Campaign.
The vision for the Green Miami Campaign is to restore and enhance the City of Miami’s tree canopy into a thriving urban forest that provides multiple aesthetic and environmental benefits. The long-term goal is to increase the City of Miami’s tree canopy to 30% by 2017.

Master gardeners survey trees at Hampton city park; Newport News, VA

Master gardeners survey trees at Hampton city park -- dailypress.com

By Matthew Sturdevant | 247-7874
10:04 PM EDT, June 11, 2009
HAMPTON - — A sycamore tree at Gosnold's Hope Park is marked with a silver-colored medallion engraved with the number "1." The bark is falling off a little, but the tree's canopy — or crown — appears healthy and the roots have plenty of grassy area to grow.
It was the first tree identified Monday morning by a group of volunteer master gardeners during the start of the city's first tree inventory in recent years. The tree census will take place over a year's time at the park.
The initial purpose of the inventory is to identify, locate and assess the size and health of every tree at the 105-acre park on East Little Back River Road, across the Southwest Branch of Back River from Langley Air Force Base.
The survey is also a pilot program which could be expanded to other parks, school property and other public land in the city, said Hampton Tree Team Leader Rick Stanley, a certified arborist who works for the city.

County sets urban design standards requiring pre-development tree survey and protection; Porter County, IN

Developers must protect trees :: Porter County :: Post-Tribune
June 11, 2009

By Jane Huh, Post-Tribune staff writer
Future property development will have to meet Porter County's new tree preservation standards.
The rules are the latest update to the county's unified development ordinance.
The Board of Commissioners is expected to adopt the proposal at the June 16 meeting, said Plan Commission Executive Director Robert Thompson.
The preservation rules pertain to future development proposals and to the unincorporated areas that are considered urban.
Among the benefits of protecting and promoting the 'tree canopy' are the reduction of air and noise pollution, maintaining community aesthetics and protecting habitats that hold rare or endangered species.
'A large part of it is to retain the feel and look for the county so we have that sense of hometown,' said Kevin Breitzke, county surveyor and plan commission member.
Development plans, subdivision applications and residential permits for parcels greater than five acres must include a tree preservation plan for approval.
The plan would include a preliminary tree survey and inventory.

Bond sale allows for release of state tree planting funds; Long Beach, CA

State funds for tree-planting in Long Beach restored - ContraCostaTimes.com
Posted: 06/10/2009 06:13:04 PM PDT
Updated: 06/10/2009 06:19:12 PM PDT

LONG BEACH - State funding to plant 605 new trees in Long Beach has been restored after plans were halted last year because of the economic downturn.
The city's Neighborhood Services Bureau got the green light last week to proceed with a state-funded tree planting project that's to be finished this year.
The next tree planting in Long Beach will be at 8:30 a.m. June 20, at the corner of Linden Avenue and Burnett Street. There are five tree plantings left for the project.

Jacarandas are beautiful but high maintenance - is brief show worth it?; Riverside, CA

Fussing, fawning over jacarandas, which beautify neighborhoods -- until cleanup time | Inland News | PE.com | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California

11:58 AM PDT on Wednesday, June 10, 2009
The Press-Enterprise
The jacarandas are in bloom.
A common sight along streets and in yards across the Inland region, the jacaranda produces thousands of blossoms that bloom for two or three days, then float gently to the ground like tiny purple parachutes.
But when they hit the sidewalk, the street or the front yard, they can be a mess to clean up.
"There is a famous saying in the tree world," said Robert Filiar, an urban forester for Riverside's Public Works Department. "These are regarded more highly as long as they're on someone else's property."
Some 4,000 of Riverside's 115,000 street trees are jacarandas, he says, and the city will replace them when the trees die. But city crews won't plant them in new neighborhoods.
"The entire canopy will bloom," he said. "Eventually it all comes down. If you have an old, established tree that is 30 or 40 years old, it could leave a pretty good pile on the street."

Washington DC's Petworth Community works wth Casey Trees, City to Replace RCCR Street Trees; Washington, DC

Petworth Community Effort to Replace RCCR Street Trees « Washington Kaleidoscope
One of the newest residents of Rock Creek Church Road (RCCR) in Petworth is making a huge impact. In the short time he and his wife have lived in their home, Rob Mandle has shown a community spirit that’s unheard of.
His latest project involves replacing the dead and missing street trees on RCCR between Park Place and Webster. In addition to working with Carol Herwig and Casey Trees, Rob has been able to rally no fewer than ten households willing to participate with time, hoses, and water to keep new trees well cared for and healthy.

Miami-Dade County residents team up with government to battle disease, development, and disaster by replacing and enhancing tree cover; Miami-Dade, FL

Miami-Dade County residents line up to get their free trees - N. Central Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com

Miami-Dade County Adopt-a-Tree volunteer Lizette Menendez is a soldier of the green movement.
On Saturday morning, when she wasn't greeting a line of people strolling by her in six languages, she shouted information about tamarind, star fruit and desert senna trees to all who would listen at Miami-Dade County's tree giveaway in Homestead.
''You really have to get excited about the environment,'' said Menendez, between sips of coffee. ``Besides, this is all so exciting.''

"Eco-disaster" awaits Galveston residents in wake of Hurricane Ike - up to 80% of canopy scheduled for removal; Galveston, TX

Thousands of dead Galveston trees need to be removed | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
June 9, 2009, 10:13PM
GALVESTON — With saws likely to start buzzing soon, Texas forestry officials this week hope to launch a triage program to determine how many of the 11,000 Hurricane Ike-damaged trees on city property can be salvaged.
The process will involve a tree-by-tree examination, the Texas Forest Service’s Pete Smith said. Candidates for cutting will include most tree varieties that have lost 50 percent or more of their canopy. Live oaks with at least 30 percent of their leaves may be spared. The live oaks, Smith said, are “either recovering or dying,” and more time is needed to determine which is the case.
Officials hope to remove doomed trees by the middle of September, thereby qualifying for federal payments that could cover up to 75 percent of the city’s removal cost.

Mott Haven residents: No street trees, please!; New York, NY

Mott Haven residents to city: No trees! Just leaf us alone!:

BY Tanyanika Samuels
Daily News Staff Writer
Monday, June 8th 2009, 9:36 PM

Now, it's NIMFY -- Not in My FRONT Yard.
Some Mott Haven residents are fuming over city plans to plant trees on their block.
The problem, they say, is that the tree roots eventually crack their sidewalks, leaving them stuck with the repair bill.
"If they want a green Bronx, just look in our backyards," said Marion Rivas of 434 E. 144th St. "We already have trees there. We don't need them out in front."
The trees are part of Mayor Bloomberg's MillionTrees campaign to plant 1 million trees in the city by 2030.
The Department of Parks and Recreation is planning to plant 12 street trees along E. 144th St. between Brook and Willis Aves.
But residents there point to city trees planted across the street that already have ripped up their neighbors' sidewalks.

Ash borer attacks state fairgrounds; Twin Cities, MN

kare11.com | Twin Cities, MN | State Fair sticks it to the ash borer

By Jeff Olsen

If you've been to the State Fair You know part of it's charm is the canopy of trees hanging over the food booths and fun rides. But some of that scenery is in jeopardy. Still recovering from a bout with Dutch elm disease, State Fair officials are now battling a new foe- the emerald ash borer.
"We're being extremely aggressive. Our hope is that we can save most of these trees," State Fair Communications Manager Brienna Schuette said.
Ash trees-- in the shadows of the SpaceTower, in front of the Grandstand, behind the KARE Barn.
"We have 699 ash trees on the fairgrounds," Schuette continued.
And thanks to recent GPS mapping, they know the location to each and every one of them. It's the first step in the fair's battle plan against the emerald ash borer.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Greening of Detroit works to restore green canopy, fills in gaps in local government services in wake of ash borer; Detroit, MI

The Associated Press: Nonprofit works to restore green canopy to Detroit
By DAVID RUNK – 11 hours ago
DETROIT (AP) — A batch of trees that will soon be planted on a wild, overgrown patch of land near a Detroit neighborhood is expected to be a step toward bringing back a vibrant, green canopy to the Motor City.
The nonprofit group Greening of Detroit is pushing urban reforestation — even during a tough economy — with projects as diverse as a Christmas tree farm, neighborhood gardens and thousands of tree plantings along busy streets.
'The need is expanding, so we're trying to keep pace,' said Rebecca Salminen Witt, the organization's president.
Known a century ago for its tree-lined streets and neighborhoods, the city saw much of its greenery fall casualty to the spread of Dutch elm disease in the 1950s and, more recently, the tree-killing emerald ash borer.
These days, there is no time for replanting because the city's more than 50 forestry employees are focused on cutting down dead or dying trees across Detroit's 138 square miles.

Bartlett arborists pin Cape Cod leaf-eating caper on winter moth caterpillars; Hyannis, MA

Mealtime's over for Cape's winter moths | CapeCodOnline.com
By Doug Fraser
June 08, 2009
It's not yet summer, but the really bad bugs have already come and nearly gone.
Travel through Falmouth along Route 151, for instance, and there are areas with stands of trees that have lost 90 percent of their leaves, said Roberta Clark, horticulturist at the county extension service.
The culprit? Winter moth caterpillars, which have done similar damage in other areas of the Cape.
A certified arborist with Bartlett Tree Experts, David Chalker poked at an inch-long lime-green caterpillar wriggling along an oak leaf, saying it had probably been eating away since mid-April. That's when it would have crawled into a leaf bud whose hardened shell had just cracked open.
Now, like many of its brethren, the caterpillar was ready to drop to the ground and spin a cocoon, where it will wait to emerge in winter as an adult moth.

Winter moth caterpillars have denuded the tree canopy in the Upper Cape towns this year. Parts of Marstons Mills, Cotuit, Osterville, Hyannis and Barnstable also suffered similar damage. It was spottier heading into the Lower Cape.

The emerald ash borer set to put North Dakota's 47 million ash trees at risk; ND

The emerald ash borer can’t be stopped, but it’s blow can be softened | Agweek | Midwest farm news and ranch news
Matt Bewley,Agweek
Published: 06/08/2009
It may be next year or three years from now, but one thing is certain: The emerald ash borer, which jumped from eastern Wisconsin to western Minnesota in one year, is coming to North Dakota. It might even be here now, according to Jeff Hahn, an extension professor in entomology for the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, where in May the emerald ash borer first was discovered in the state.
“In the cases where states have found it for the first time, when they really look closely at those sites, they discover it’s been there at least five-plus years,” he says.

Study shows Tennessee has maintained same amount of forest cover since 1961, but different species; TN

Forest coverage steady; changes in tree species : Local News : Knoxville News Sentinel
By Morgan Simmons (Contact)
Monday, June 8, 2009
Saul Young/News Sentinel
The amount of forests covering Tennessee has held steady for decades, but declines have occurred in some species and in the amount of younger tracts of trees.
That's according to the latest report issued by the U.S. Forest Service and the Tennessee Division of Forestry. The report, which looked at statewide forest conditions from 1999 to 2004, also cites a decline in the number of wood products jobs in that period.
The Forestry Inventory and Analysis program has surveyed Tennessee at five- to seven-year intervals since 1950. The latest report was delayed because of the time needed to analyze the large quantity of data.
The report found 52 percent of Tennessee's land base to be in forests - essentially the same percentage that has covered the state since 1961.

Kolkata looks for species selection to reduce windthrow of street trees during storms; Kolkata, India

New tree species for pavements after Aila rout - Kolkata - Cities - The Times of India
8 Jun 2009, 0357 hrs IST, Swati Sengupta, TNN
KOLKATA: Post Aila, the signs of devastation are still there in every nook and cranny of city streets. Heavy branches of uprooted trees hanging
dangerously on overhead wires and electric posts are still visible at many places. Strong winds mercilessly uprooted even big trees along with huge chunks of concrete footpaths.
After over 1,200 full-grown trees were uprooted on May 25, the day Aila struck Kolkata, the state government has now decided to experiment with the plantation of new variety of trees along the main city roads so that they can sustain the fury of storms in future.
The day Aila struck, the greatest damage was caused to trees like krishnachura, radhachura that are characterized by fiery red and bright yellow flowers.
Trees like shirish and pipal have also been damaged badly as they are tall, have huge spread-out canopies. Moreover, another reason for such trees getting uprooted easily is that their roots do not go deep into the ground since they grow fast. So, such varieties became so vulnerable in the face of such strong winds.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Dawes Arboretum, one of oldest in USA, marks 80 year anniversary; Newark, OH

Dawes marks 80 years | newarkadvocate.com | The Newark Advocate
Local arboretum among the oldest in the United States
BY ABBEY ROY • Advocate Reporter • June 7, 2009
NEWARK -- The foliage of an ancient and towering beech tree formed a natural canopy over the small crowd gathered Saturday afternoon on the patio of the Dawes Arboretum Visitors Center.
As Dawes volunteers dished up slices of birthday cake for guests, the Crystal City Chorus launched into a colorful rendition of 'Rockin' Robin,' and Mary Jane Dawes Bolon sat nearby, taking in the scenery.
The granddaughter of Dawes Arboretum founders Beman and Bertie Dawes became well acquainted in her childhood with the property that now spans almost 1,800 acres, and she was pleased to be present for the celebration of the arboretum's 80th anniversary.
'It's a very tranquil and special place,' she said, recalling memories of Sunday dinners enjoyed around her grandparents' large table and fresh milk from the milkhouse on the property.

Ash borer on the march in Iowa; Clayton County, IA

TH - Local News Article
Emerald ash borer discovered
Ag officials confirm that destructive beetle larvae is found in Clayton County.

The emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle that is native to Asia.
A destructive force could be heading for one of northeast Iowa's most treasured shade trees.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials confirm larvae of the dreaded emerald ash borer has been found in a tree in Clayton County, about five miles south of Elkader.
State and federal officials in the coming days will set traps in the area to determine the extent of the infiltration, but the discovery is cause for some alarm -- given the insect's destructive reputation.
'Clayton County is one of the largest timber counties in the state,' said Dustin Vande Hoef, spokesman for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. 'There aren't a lot of good, effective treatments proven yet so it's not something we're going to easily contain.'

NY officials seek to set a trap for ash borer; Albany, NY

DEC and Partners to Track Possible Spread of Invasive Beetle
News from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
For more information contact: Maureen Wren, 518-402-8000
Emerald Ash Borer Traps Are Being Deployed Throughout the State
ALBANY, NY (06/05/2009; 1311)(readMedia)-- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), along with other federal and state agencies, is setting baited traps in ash trees across upstate New York in an effort to search for possible infestations of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a tree-killing beetle. The public will soon be seeing the purple prism traps deployed in treelines throughout New York, with a concentration in areas adjacent to neighboring states and Canadian provinces that have already detected this potentially devastating invasive species.
It has been documented that a main route that enables this insect, as well as other invasive species, to spread is from moving firewood from one place to another. That is why in 2008, New York adopted regulations that ban untreated firewood from entering the state and restricts intrastate movement of untreated firewood to no more than a 50-mile radius from its source ( http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/28722.html).
New York has more than 900 million ash trees, representing about 7 percent of all trees in the state, and all are at risk should this invasive, exotic pest become established. Many communities are at particular risk because ash was widely planted as a street tree after Dutch elm disease killed many urban trees.

Residents object to 'drastic' tree branch trimming : Wichita Falls, TX

Residents object to 'drastic' tree branch trimming : Local : Times Record News
By Jessica Langdon (Contact)
Friday, June 5, 2009

In the several years since Oncor Electric Delivery has had tree service crews head into some parts of Wichita Falls to trim branches back from high-voltage distribution lines, a companywide policy has increased the number of feet the crews are trimming back from the power lines to 10.
Whether they live in the areas that have seen tree trimming already or they drove along Hampstead where Wright Tree Service crews were working Thursday, several residents have noticed the differences, and reactions branched in several directions.
Richard and Verdell Baer have lived in their home for 24 years and Verdell Baer described the changes as “drastic.”
“It makes them look horrible, but if it has to be done, it has to be done,” she said. She said she’s sure the branches do interfere with the lines when a big storm comes through. However, with the city’s interest in beautification, “this isn’t beautifying,” she said.

Timber stand improvement or clear cut? Officials, volunteers, studens debate clearing measures taken in urban park; St. Louis. MO

Claire Gempp Conservation Area
Some claim tree removal from nature park is too extreme
by Kevin Murphywrite the author
06/05/2009 - A large number of trees "thinned" from a section of Sunset Hills' Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Conservation Area has some people seeing red over a project that promises more green.
Controversy over the extent of tree removal in one section of Claire Gempp resulted in the February resignation of a nine-year member of a city commission charged with managing the nature park.
"Over 80 percent of the trees were cut out of there. By definition, a clear cut is 90 percent. So they almost clear cut the section," Tomey said.
Jim Koeger, chairman of the Claire Gempp Commission, doesn't like to talk in terms of cutting down trees. He said the forest was thinned as part of a timber stand improvement (TSI), the forester's equivalent to weeding the garden.

Friday, June 5, 2009

"The Tree Counter" helps India's municipalities create and maintain tree census data using GIS and GPS; India

Meet the tree counter!

K. Sreedevi
2009-06-04 18:35:36
Last Updated: 2009-06-05 15:03:09

He revels in creating inventories of trees and keeps a tab on the number of trees in an area.
Meet Dr Ramesh Madav, Founder & CEO of Terracon Ecotech Pvt. Ltd whose vision is to maintain a census of all trees in the country. And to aid him in his mission, his company, Terracon Ecotech, has developed an indigenous software for maintaining a desktop inventory of trees in a particular area.
When asked why, he responds: ``You can even starve for 10 days but can you live without oxygen for a minute?``
An authority of tree census in India, Dr Madav has successfully tested the most modern census methods, using GPS and GIS technologies. He works closely with corporate and civic bodies to undertake environment-friendly solutions to save trees.

Preserve's sprawling canopy makes neighbouring areas go green with envy; Chennai, India

The sprawling canopy makes neighbouring areas go green with envy - Chennai - Cities - The Times of India
5 Jun 2009, 0313 hrs IST, Bhama Devi Ravi, TNN

CHENNAI: The sight of half a dozen jackals drinking water at two in the afternoon is not something you would expect to come across in Chennai. But
that is what D Radhakrishnan has witnessed frequently at the Adyar Theosophical Society.

'With its walkways, trees and plants from all over the world, it gives you a feeling of being in a forest,' says 80-year-old Radhakrishnan, who moved to the area ten years ago. 'This green space is the USP of Adyar. And it makes Adyar the most desirable residential area in Chennai,' said Chitra Nagappan a resident of Adyar. 'I frequently stop to watch the clouds, bees, a tree shedding its leaves or listen to a woodpecker pecking away,' says Radhakrishnan, who along with a group of 20, also visits the forest' as he calls it, every day. The Society is one of the city's few ecological pockets.'You can smell the snakes (one akin to that of boiled potatoes) in the Society when you walk, but they do not disturb you,' says Nagappan, a financial consultant. 'Even as a child I was fascinated by the Society, and I am glad we have been able to reside in the locality. It is less polluted, and we are lucky to get fresh air most of the day,' says Latha Santhanakrishnan, another resident.

City weighing fate of 29 Barton Springs trees before June 15 deadline | City Beat

City weighing fate of 29 Barton Springs trees before June 15 deadline | City Beat
By Sarah Coppolla | Thursday, June 4, 2009, 03:07 PM
To untrained eyes, the grand pecan tree in the playground by Barton Springs Pool looks robust and healthy.
Arborists, though, see a tree in peril. Its roots are hemmed in by paved surfaces. Its canopy is too thin. Its branches have big wounds, knotty chasms where decay enters and thrives.
The pecan captures the complexities of assessing a tree’s health and value, something the Parks Department is wrestling with right now as it weighs whether to save or fell many of the pool’s trees.
Parks officials said in April that they planned to cut down 29 trees on the pool grounds because they’re in bad shape and pose a risk of toppling or dropping big limbs.
Other arborists have since looked at the trees and say the city could treat and keep most of them, though a few are beyond repair."

It's not all about the ash borer; gold-spotted oak borer decimating area oaks; San Diego, CA

Pest saps oaks, and communities
Killer borer takes awful toll on trees, life in backcountry
By Robert Krier, Union-Tribune Staff Writer
2:00 a.m. June 4, 2009

Patty Stacy, 83, walked along a path lined by oak stumps on her ranch southeast of Alpine. She and her husband have had to cut down 30 oaks in the past few years. Patty Stacy remembers the massive oak that sent its dark-green foliage arching over a pond outside her ranch house in Carveacre, a tiny rural community southeast of Alpine. Stacy's grandchildren loved to clutch a rope tied to the tree, swing over the pond and then let go so they could plunge into the cool water. That was three years ago. Today, that coast live oak is nothing more than a skeleton. The rope is gone, and soon the tree will be as well. Like thousands of other oaks in San Diego County's backcountry, the tree has been attacked by a small but voracious pest: the gold-spotted oak borer. The beetle and its larvae are not only destroying centuries-old, majestic icons, but also gnawing away at the identity of neighborhoods that sprung up in the oaks' sheltering shade.

Sudden storms bring surprise, downed trees; Knox County, TN

Storms wreak havoc in Corryton, N. Knox County: "KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) – Big storms surprised many across East Tennessee on Wednesday afternoon.
In North Knox County heavy wind, lightning and rain downed trees and even tour the roof off a building. That left many cleaning up into the evening. Volunteer TV News talked to several residents in the Fountain City and Corryton communities. They said the storm appeared to come out of nowhere.
'I was sitting in the Locker with two sick kids in my lap because they're scared to death of storms,” said Judy Williams.
'It came up in a hurry,” said Janie Haggard who was outside when it started, “I mean real bad because by the time I got from the dog house inside, I was soaking wet. I had to put new clothes on.'
Corryton seemed to get hit the hardest, with a handful of homes suffering serious damage. For Larry and Mildred Johnson, they weren't home but their loved one was.
'There was nobody in the house except for the dog,” said Larry Johnson, who came home to find a tree on his home. “It's a little Chihuahua and it scared her to death.'"

Pupils inspired in Treasured Tree Hunt; Ontario, CA

Pupils inspired in Treasured Tree Hunt - Peterborough Examiner - Ontario, CA
Posted By SARAH DEETH/Examiner Staff Writer

A grove of trees next to Otonabee Valley Public School has become a muse of sorts for Carol Patterson-Leclerc’s Grade 2 and 3 class.
To honour the trees, which shade a playground about 20 feet from the classroom window, the class has written a poem and nominated the area for the city’s Treasured Tree Hunt.
The Treasured Tree Hunt began April 20 and closes July 1.
Participants enter by nominating, photographing or writing a story about a tree or group of trees.
Organizers with the Treasured Tree Hunt were at the school yesterday to help pupils measure the trees in their nominated grove.

Experts suggest prophylactic ash borer treatments not warranted beyond expected infestation areas; Hutchinson, MN

Don’t treat ash trees outside range of emerald ash borer | Hutchinson Leader
Submitted by Terry Davis on June 3, 2009 - 2:11pm.
Many people are asking if they should treat their ash trees in order to protect them from the destructive emerald ash borer, also known as EAB, which was recently found in St. Paul. The first question is, do you live near where the pest has been discovered? If so, insecticidal treatment may be a good choice, but when making the decision it’s best to be aware of the facts. In general:
Insecticides can effectively protect ash trees from EAB.
Unnecessary insecticide applications waste money. If EAB has not been detected within 10-15 miles, your trees are at low risk. Be aware of the status of EAB in your location. Current maps of known EAB populations can be found at www.emeraldashborer.info. Remember, however, that once a county is quarantined, maps for that county are no longer updated.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

City finds high resolution data leads to more accurate picture of UTC; Greensboro, NC

Tree canopy covers nearly 50 percent of Guilford County : News-Record.com : Greensboro & the Triad's most trusted source for local news and analysis
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
By Morgan Josey Glover
Staff Writer
A new study by the city of Greensboro could allay concerns about residential and commercial development’s impact on Guilford County’s tree canopy.
A survey of tree coverage based on 2007 aerial photographs showed that almost 50 percent of the county is covered by trees. In comparison, American Forests suggests an average tree cover of at least 40 percent in combined urban and rural areas.
“I came away with the impression that countywide we’re sitting pretty good,” said Michael Cusimano, a city urban forester who will present the report to the Advisory Commission on Trees today. “The focus now needs to be on managing our trees.”
Greensboro last studied its tree canopy almost a decade ago, based on satellite images taken in 1984, 1993 and 2000. Those pictures showed that the city had lost 18 percent of its tree cover during those years, motivating the city to adopt a tree ordinance that requires developers to save or replace some of the trees they cut down.
The previous study, however, was based on obsolete technology that showed 30 square meters of land per pixel, Cusimano said. The cameras used in the newer study can show 6 inches per pixel, thus capturing more trees than could be shown before. The new study also expanded its scope to examine coverage countywide, both by municipality and watershed.

City using GPS, GIS to monitor declining UTC and plan for new plantings; Rutherford, NJ

West End's canopy disappearing - South Bergenite
(by Daniel O'Keefe - June 03, 2009)

Rutherford's Shade Tree Committee is looking to get grant money to fund a project to help replace trees in town, particularly in the West End where the initial phase of the committee's GPS-mapping project has revealed a depletion in the number and health of the trees in the area.
"There's been a decline in the number of trees," said Rutherford's tree expert Mike Schmeding. In addition, he noted, "there are a few Norway Maples and they're in pretty bad shape." He noted Hastings Avenue and Washington Avenue between Vanderburgh and Grand avenues and near Tryon Field as some of the areas that have seen declines.
"Most of the Norway [Maples] are taking a beating," he said. Many were planted at the same time, so they're all reaching maturity at once. Also, many were planted in places that now have power lines directly above them. Over the years, they've had to be trimmed extensively.
"We're paying for it now because they're interfering with the wires and the centers have to be cut out," said Schmeding. Such extensive pruning can have bad long term effects on the health of the trees.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

"Going green" has some N.J. residents seeing red; Hamilton, NJ

"Going green" has some N.J. residents seeing red | 6abc.com Green Living - 6/01/09 - Philadelphia News - 6abc.com
HAMILTON TWP., N.J. - June 1, 2009 (WPVI) -- Planting shade trees has led to anger, protest and one arrest in Hamilton Twp.
"I said I don't want any and I wound up with two," said James Lombardi.
Lombardo is one of many township residents upset with the state for planting shade trees on their streets even though they don't want them.
"It uproots the sidewalk and everything else, and then you're responsible for it," said Lombardo. "They're telling me I'm not, but they won't put it in writing. I just don't want it. I should have the option of [not] having a tree there."
About 300 trees have been planted as part of a Department of Environmental Protection community forestry project to build up the tree canopy in developed areas.
But along Elmore Avenue, residents like Mary Kate Cammarata are worried not just about raking leaves, but what tree roots could do if they grow into the underground pipes.
"God forbid if anything happens with my water or gas line," she said. "I'm responsible for it? They're not going to come fix it. Or what if my sidewalk lifts?"

Monday, June 1, 2009

Tree care company's pledge to plant a tree for every one they are paid to remove is "for the birds"; Branson, MO

“FOR THE BIRDS” Tree Replanting Campaign begins by All American Tree Service: "Springfield, MO (1888PressRelease) June 01, 2009 - All American Tree Service began a - For the Birds - Tree replanting campaign in Taney and Stone counties in Missouri. For every mature tree that the company must take down from June 1st to October 31st of this year - they are going to plant a new tree.
The owners of All American Tree Service (AATS), Billy and Luise Bird, have implemented this campaign due to the fact that this past winter was particularly hard on the local trees and many were damaged beyond repair. They also recognize that “Our trees are a valuable part of the natural beauty and natural habitat of the Ozark Mountains of southwest Missouri,” as stated by Luise Bird.

Now is the window of opportunity to kill young ash borers in Ohio area; Toledo, OH

toledoblade.com --Article published June 01, 2009
Early prevention urged to defeat emerald ash borer's new larvae
The adult emerald ash borer is a deadly pest for ash trees.
Now's the time to apply insecticide to ash trees you might be trying to save from a new crop of emerald ash borers.
The sooner, the better. If you fail to spray ash trees by the end of June, you should wait until fall or the spring of 2010, said Amy Stone, Ohio State University extension agent in Toledo.
Emerald ash borers are metallic-green, thumbnail-sized beetles that suck the life out of ash trees. They burrow beneath the bark and feed on its juicy cambium, a process that slowly starves trees. The insects attack only certain species of ash trees.

Moving towards sustainability and drought tolerance in recognition of climate change, water resources; San Diego, CA

voiceofsandiego.org: People... Keeping an Urban Forest, and Resurrecting Trampled Flowerbeds Besides
Sunday, May 31, 2009 | In 1892, a dauntless woman named Kate Sessions convinced the city of San Diego to lease her 30 acres in old City Park for her thriving nursery business. In exchange, she'd plant 100 trees a year there and grow 300 more for the rest of the city. Those were the roots of Balboa Park; Sessions is considered the mother of the regional icon.
In 2009, horticulturist Crystal Ritchie drives a white city truck through the park, monitoring the thousands of trees, plants and shrubs in her purview. Immersed in the park's plant life, Ritchie seems to sense -- even more than she sees -- the places in a given radius where the current flora could be replaced with more drought-resistant plants. A dying tree presents an opportunity: what should we plant next?
It's a question shared in dry days across the San Diego region.
'We're all owning up to our climate -- we've been in what I think they call 'zonal denial,'' she says."

Modest wind after long rain equals widespread tree failure; Burlington, VT

Wind knocks out power around state | burlingtonfreepress.com | The Burlington Free Press
By Matt Ryan, Free Press staff • May 31, 2009
Strong winds felled trees across Vermont Sunday afternoon, leaving thousands of people without electricity.
As of 7:30 p.m., a few hours after the winds had subsided, Green Mountain Power reported having 5,500 customers without power. The utility called in all its line crews, spokesman Robert Dostis said, adding it was too early to say when power would be restored.
The areas in and around Montpelier and Vergennes were the hardest hit, Dostis said. He reported parts of the utility’s service area experienced winds blowing at about 40mph.
Bill Kahn of Ridge Street in Montpelier said a large tree fell in his yard.
“It’s pretty amazing. It’s this huge tree, it must be 200 years old taking up my whole lawn,” Kahn said.