Saturday, October 31, 2009

Free SMUD trees support the 5 million tree campaign; Sacramento, CA

Sacramento Press / Free SMUD trees support the 5 million tree campaign:
Tree clean our air and water, store carbon in their trunks, create habitat for wildlife, reduce air pollution, increase property values, and provide countless other benefits. The Sacramento Tree Foundation works to leverage all of the benefits that trees provide to create healthy and sustainable communities through building the best urban forest in the Sacramento region. A major keystone in building the best urban forest is the Greenprint initiative, a multi-decade regional framework created to meet Sacramento's sustainability and livability goals by expanding urban forests and optimizing the benefits of tree canopies. Greenprint partners, comprised of 22 cities and 6 counties, have agreed to double their tree canopy over the next 40 years. In order to achieve this goal, we need to plant 5 million new trees by the year 2025.

Town initiates Native Tree Canopy program to help private property owners; CHevy Chase, MD

Chevy Chase project to restore native trees:
Six years ago during Hurricane Isabel, Daniel Zwerdling-Rothschild was doing yoga with his wife, Barbara, in their living room when they heard what sounded like an explosion overhead. They leaped off their mats, just before a majestic oak tree on their property came crashing through the ceiling and landing where they had been sitting moments before.
They ended up having to rebuild their house in the town of Chevy Chase and moved into the new structure last June. But a lingering concern remains for the oak tree they lost and several other trees the couple had to cut down in the wake of Isabel. They planted a few smaller trees to try to make up the difference, but their yard still isn't what it used to be.

From tree to green, urban forest plan takes root; Edmonton, Canada

From tree to green, urban forest plan takes root:
Edmonton's urban forest could sprout a slightly different look under the city's first management plan expected by the end of the year.
People are used to thinking about the city's 'grey' infrastructure, such as sewers and roads, but this 'green' infrastructure is also important and worth managing, said Jenny Wheeler, Edmonton's principal of forestry.
The urban forest acts as a wind break, cools the city in the summer, cleans the air and stormwater, and also has a positive impact on people psychologically, she said.
The forest management plan will collect information on what's already growing in the city, a critical update that will help the city plan future planting.

Downtown tree canopy a sustainability feature of infill development; Sacramento, CA

Urban infill on a micro scale : Honest Local Real Estate:
Made up of nine urban dwellings, 9 on F features two traditionally styled tri-level homes facing the street, four courtyard “soft loft” rowhouses, and three decidedly urban alley units tucked neatly in the rear (definitely a happier backyard discovery than the home across the street—occupied at one point by the infamous Dorothea Puente—is known for). All nine homes were crafted with sustainability in mind and several of the units include solar (the street-facing homes don’t include solar, largely because they’re directly under Downtown’s famous tree canopy—itself an energy-saving feature because of the reduced cooling costs in the summer).

Overhead wires and beautiful streets can coexist...?; Washington, DC

Overhead wires and beautiful streets can coexist - Greater Greater Washington:
Some streetcar opponents and some streetcar supporters are arguing against overhead wires, saying that they're ugly or that they're incompatible with lush tree canopies. Ralph Garboushian sent along some more pictures of overhead wires from around the world.

Tree ordinance protects oak threatened by development of adjacent lot-house altered rather than tree removed; La Cañada Flintridge, CA

La Cañada Valley Sun: La Cañada Flintridge, California:
An oak tree once again took center stage at La Cañada City Hall Tuesday as members of the planning commission debated whether to approve the construction of a two story house that could threaten a large Quercus agrifolia. This time the tree won, minus a few branches.

The original development proposal detailed plans for a new 3,040-square-feet house to be built on a 8,450-square-feet lot located at 307 San Juan Way. A wide drainage channel runs along the west property line, and rooted in the channel is a 35-foot oak tree. Several large branches stretch east over the subject property. The proposal as presented would have required the removal of these branches. An arborist’s report commissioned by the city, however, found that pruning to the extent proposed could fatally damage the tree. The oak tree is one of five species of trees protected by the La Cañada Flintridge tree ordinance.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

NJ Tree Foundation, partners come together to enhance canopy on Rutgers campus; Newark, NJ

LEAVING A LEGACY AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY Newark Live - Rutgers Newark - - Rutgers Newark - Newark Live -
The NJ Tree Foundation has partnered with Rutgers University, the City of Newark, the Newark Downtown District, and Simply Act to restore the tree canopy and enhance the beauty around the Rutgers University in Newark. Through the support of more than sixty volunteers, community groups, and partnering organizations, forty-three new flowering and shade trees and more than forty shrubs and flowers will be planted in and around the campus on Saturday, October 31st.
“By planting these trees, everyone is working together to bring about positive economic, social, and environmental change to the City of Newark, for all to benefit,” said Shannon Buckley, of the NJ Tree Foundation. The event will begin at 9:00 am with a tree planting and safety demonstration at the corner of University Avenue and Bleeker Street at Rutgers University Ackerson Hall.

DNR Secretary Griffin takes Cumberland Urban Tree Program Walking Tour; Cumberland, MD

Cumberland Urban Tree Program Walking Tour Focus -
Maryland's natural resources secretary plans to hit the streets of Cumberland to discuss the western Maryland city's urban tree canopy program.

DNR Secretary John Griffin will take a walking tour of the city on Friday. Program officials say trees provide shade that lowers temperatures and saves energy as well as reducing storm runoff and improving water quality. Other benefits include enhanced property values and increased wildlife habitat.

Cumberland is one of a number of cities statewide with urban tree canopy programs. DNR officials will discuss how federal, state and local officials are working to create a plan that can serve as a model for other cities.

Morris Arboretum experts mobilize to preserve canopy during Parkway renovations; Philadelphia, PA

Penn Current: Features: Preserving the urban canopy:
A team based out of the Morris Arboretum is helping to protect and enhance the overhead greenery as street-level renovations move forward, including the improvement of traffic lanes, an upgrade in sidewalks and curbing, and the installation of new benches, bicycle lanes and pedestrian crossings.
“We’ve been involved ever since there was the idea in Philadelphia to restore the Parkway,” says Jason Lubar, associate director of urban forestry at the Arboretum. “Early on in the Parkway renovation, it was realized that trees play an important role as part of the design element. As the Parkway has aged, so have the trees that were originally planted there.”
The Urban Forestry Consultants team has inventoried most of the trees along the Parkway, and will provide expert opinion on how to minimize the impact of construction on the avenue’s elder hardwoods and softwoods.

Trio of summer storms wipes out 0.1% of canopy and public tree budget; Oshawa, Canada Summer storms kill hundreds of trees in Oshawa:
A trio of severe summer thunderstorms has left the City's forestry budget in the red.
A City report says the storms, which occurred in July and August, resulted in the loss of 200 trees from municipal parks and streets and damage to 300 more. Those numbers may increase, because damage inspections are still ongoing.
The dead trees represent about 0.1 per cent of the City's total tree canopy.

Cell phone tower dispute involves ordinance limiting height to 10' above canopy; East Alton, NH

Cell tower dispute may be headed to court - Fosters
The battle between the three companies and the town's selectmen over the proposed cell phone tower on Miramichie Hill will likely go court.

Town officials said Monday the Alton taxpayers have spent $181,129 defending the decision to deny the variance, a despite numerous and recent efforts, have still not reached an equitable settlement with them.

'I really can't comment on anything about the suit other than how much we've spent so far in legal bills,' said Town Administrator Russ Bailey.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Forest policy values Newcastle trees at $20m; Newcastle, Australia

Forest policy values Newcastle trees at $20m - Local News - News - General - The Herald: THE more than 100,000 trees greening Newcastle's public spaces are valued at almost $20 million, new figures show.
Civic strategists have been analysing leafy areas as part of a Newcastle urban forest policy.
Since the policy was adopted in May 2008, Newcastle City Council has developed an asset management system for the city's trees.
New communities and green corridor principal strategist Ian Rhodes said tree canopy covered 21 per cent of the local government area.
The 103,000 public trees have a replacement value of $19.5 million.
Mr Rhodes said trees in urban areas provided environmental, social and economic benefits.
'They act like the lungs of the city, they filter the air and the water,' he said.

Blogger reports Richmond council considering Urban Forestry Commission ordinance; Richmond, VA

Oregon Hill » Urban Forestry Commission moves forward - Richmond, Virginia:
Does Richmond Need a Citizen Tree Commission?
Information about Ordinance 2009-174
Council representative, Chris Hilbert, has introduced an ordinance to establish a citizen tree commission to be called the Urban Forestry Commission, to reflect the broad vision for the group. The purpose is to improve the City’s urban forestry resources through policy development, advise, education and fundraising. Key responsibilities include:
Serve as an advisory body to Council regarding legislation and policies regarding public trees.
Facilitate the development and passage of a tree maintenance and management plan for City-owned trees.
Assist with public relations and education programs to increase public understanding of urban forestry issues.
Conduct fundraising for city tree projects.

Governor creates state-wide planting program resulting in the planting of 22,000 trees to date; Maryland

Cumberland Times-News - Plant a tree:
When Gov. Martin O’Malley visited Cumberland a year ago to help honor students from Cresaptown Elementary and Fort Hill High schools, the students planted trees as part of the city’s urban tree canopy program.

Cresaptown had been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School, and Fort Hill science teacher Mac Sloan had established a native tree nursery and a solar energy project.

O’Malley had just established his own “Marylanders Plant Trees” program, and Marylanders around the state have responded by planting about 22,000 trees.

Neighborhood Fights Yearly Infestation of Canker Worms; Charlotte, NC

Neighborhood Fights Yearly Infestation of Canker Worms Lyra Manning FOX Charlotte 102509:
CHARLOTTE - The Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association got together Saturday to prepare to fight a yearly problem – cankerworms. Neighbors were able to stop by The Fall Crawl at Midwood Park and buy supplies to band trees in their yards.
“The cankerworm is such an infestation and the minute you walk out of your house, you have the worms in your face and the webs,” said Plaza Midwood resident Scott Way as he bought supplies.
In addition to being a nuisance, the worms can destroy trees. “Charlotte is known for its tree canopy – the beauty of it. It’s world renowned,” said Billy DeRosa who owns a professional tree banding company. He says it’s important to get the bands on the trees by the end of November. “When the frost has made it cold enough to start the migration,” he said.

Program incentivizes tree planting with hopes of raising UTC from 12% to 25%; Kelowna, British Columbia

Kelowna’s tree count gets boosted
The Okanagan’s tree canopy became a bit more expansive yesterday due to the NeighbourWoods program.
More than 100 trees were purchased and planted in local neighbourhoods as part of a City of Kelowna pilot project.
“We were promoting buying a $100 tree for $30, to increase tree coverage in the city, which is quite low,” said Mayor Sharon Shepherd at a tree planting ceremony at Carney Park.
Currently, this city’s tree coverage sits at around 12 per cent, and the aim is to raise it to 25 per cent of — and to also make sure the tree species planted are diverse.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Program seeks to put every household within one minute walking distance of a tree; Terra Haute, IN

Planting for the future:
The city of Terre Haute got an environmentally-friendly face lift.
It was part of an initiative put on by the city and Trees Inc.

Volunteers planted trees around the Avenues in the city.

Various types of trees from elms to oaks were planted.

The goal of the project is to put every household in the area within one minute's walking distance of a tree.

Officials said the project will benefit the all-around look of the neighborhoods and preserve Terre Haute's tree canopy.

Homestead residents can expect plenty of improvements, including $1 million UTC enhancement; Homestead, FL

Homestead residents can expect plenty of improvements citywide - South Miami-Dade -
This year, residents can look forward to a host of upgrades to Homestead's public spaces -- from downtown Krome Avenue to a senior center on its west side -- Mayor Lynda Bell announced during her second State of the City address.
Three hundred people gathered Tuesday night at the Champions Club of the Homestead-Miami Speedway to hear her speak.
Homestead and the Redland Tropical Gardens will get $1 million worth of new trees from Albert Livingston's Tree Farm, Medallion Tree Farms and Arazoza Brothers. The trees will enhance the tree canopy throughout Homestead. A plan is being drafted for where to plant them, Bell said.

Property owners would rather rake than lose ash; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

The ash takes its leave
Karen Flink was busy in her front yard last week, getting her peonies ready for winter.
But for the first time in 36 years, she didn't have to rake. The day before, foresters had cut down her ash tree.
'We wish that insect had never invaded,' she said of the borer whose first appearance in Minnesota was confirmed in her St. Paul neighborhood in May. It now threatens the state's 900 million ash trees. 'But it happened, and now we have to deal with the consequences.

Emerald ash borer could devastate Ottawa 'tree canopy'; Ottawa, Canada

Emerald ash borer could devastate Ottawa 'tree canopy' - My Web Times:
If an emerald ash borer infestation struck Ottawa, nearly 30 percent of the city's 'tree canopy' could be lost, according to the Ottawa Tree Board.

To arm citizens with the information they need to deal with the threat, a federal expert on the insect is being brought to town for a community meeting.

The program on the emerald ash borer threat will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Ottawa City Hall, 301 W. Madison St.

The program, sponsored by the Ottawa Tree Board, will feature Elizabeth Burns, plant protection and quarantine officer with the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

New Orleans man on a mission to save city's oak trees; New Orleans, LA

New Orleans man on a mission to save city's oak trees New Orleans Metro Real Time News - -
'I don't know if you have ever sat in a big, old, live oak before, ' Picou said one recent afternoon while driving through City Park.
'I was raised a Catholic. I'm a wayward Catholic. But I never felt closer to God than when I was sitting in the branches of an ancient live oak, ' said Picou, who, like the oak, was raised in St. Landry Parish.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Vancouver finds its easy being green; Vancouver, British Columbia

Green (campaign) trails - Vancouver Voice:
In 2005, Pollard signed Vancouver on as a Cool City — a designation in which the city committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Steps already taken include switching traffic signals to LED lights and increasing the city’s tree canopy through the Urban Forestry Program. Vancouver’s goal of planting around 800 trees per year is one component of being a Cool City. Since 2005 more than 3,400 trees have been planted.
According to the Sierra Club, an environmental group endorsing the mayor, Pollard has promoted environmental policies and isn’t afraid to do what is right.

NeighbourWoods ’hoods selected for tree program; Kelowna, British Columbia

NeighbourWoods ’hoods selected for tree program
Kelowna neighbourhoods will receive trees delivered by City staff on Oct. 24 to mark International Day of Climate Action.
The NeighbourWoods pilot project was designed by the City’s Parks Services to increase the Kelowna’s urban tree canopy, one neighbourhood at a time. Residents signed up a minimum of 20 properties to have trees delivered to their neighbourhood at a reduced cost of $30 per tree.
The neighbourhoods selected to receive trees on Saturday are Quail Ridge, Glenmore, Clifton Road and Downtown. Trees will also be delivered at a later date to a 58-unit complex in Rutland run by the Okanagan Housing Cooperative

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Design exhibit highlights environmental co-benefits of trees; Providence, RI

Partly Sunny: Places: Design Observer: Cumulatively, these strategies address climate change challenges in two significant ways. First, they would decrease a city’s production of greenhouse gases by lowering electricity demands (trees reduce heating and cooling loads in adjacent buildings) and they would also decrease automobile emissions (street trees absorb carbon dioxide). Second, they would make a city more resilient in the face of rising temperatures (extensive tree canopies reduce the urban heat island effect) and changing weather patterns (through more effective stormwater management).

Proposed tree ordinance for Hartford; Hartford, CT

Coming out for trees in Hartford - Rick Green CT Confidential:
The ordinance, which council members Luis Cotto and Jim Boucher plan to introduce, would provide specific protection for Hartford's trees. It would set up a citizen tree advisory commission and a city forester position and create a master plan for the city's trees.
Significantly -- and this may be controversial -- property property owners would not be allowed to remove large trees without obtaining a permit from the city. A special fund to pay for new trees would be financed through permits required for tree removal and fines for illegal cutting of protected trees.

More trees, younger trees are group's goal; Catonsville, MD

Explore Baltimore County: More trees, younger trees are group's goal:
A group of Catonsville residents, worried about the age and well-being of the area's largest trees, has come up with a plan.
The group has formed a new committee with the goal of planting 200 new trees per year for the next 20 years.
The new trees will serve to replace the area's 'natural canopy' as older trees die out, according to Richard Hiteshew, chairman of the fledgling Catonsville Canopy Tree Restoration Project.

Call to action issued to kick off implementation of greening plan; Grand Rapids, MI
The city of Grand Rapids continues to pave the way for a greener future.
Almost two years ago, city leaders launched the Green Grand Rapids project to update the city's master plan, and the parks and recreation master plan to emphasize green initiatives.
Now the project is moving forward.
Community members are invited to a 'Green Gathering: Call to action' meeting Wednesday night to discuss the project's next steps.

Tree ordinance would protect trees 18" in diameter or larger; Paducah, KY

West Kentucky Star - News: Tree Preservation Ordinance Review
Planning Director, Steve Ervin, presented the Commission with a draft of a tree preservation ordinance. The purpose of the plan is to preserve and protect the City’s tree canopy and prevent clear cutting of property larger than an acre. A Preliminary Tree Inventory and Plan shall be submitted for all new commercial or residential developments that contain a minimum of one acre, all subdivision of property of three or more lots, and subdivisions that contain a minimum of one acre. This Preliminary Tree Inventory and Plan would an inventory all trees greater than 18 inches in diameter. If a developer needs to remove a tree larger than 18 inches in diameter, the developer would be responsible for replacing the tree with 3 or more trees depending upon the size of the original tree.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Shortage of tree cover and stream side forests contribute to Willamette's ill health; Portland, OR

Adding plants would restore Willamette Basin's health, study finds Oregon Environmental News - –
The Willamette River basin's miles of arteries and capillaries have just undergone their most thorough check up to date.
Turns out, the patient has some serious health issues:
-Nearly 70 percent of the streams and rivers in the basin are too warm to protect salmon, trout and other sensitive cold-water fish.
-The biological health of more than 80 percent of streams that run through cities and farms is severely compromised, which is bad news for critters from crawdads to insects to clams.
-Almost half the 11,000-plus miles of streams in the basin have a shortage of tree cover and streamside plants, hurting aquatic life by boosting water temperatures, erosion and water pollution.ri

Mexico fells trees to save butterfly reserve; Mexico City, Mexico

The Associated Press: Mexico fells trees to save butterfly reserve:
MEXICO CITY — Authorities who have struggled to stop illegal logging in Mexico's famed monarch butterfly reserve now are cutting down thousands of trees themselves to fight an unprecedented infestation of deadly bark beetles.
Biologists and park workers are racing to fell as many as 9,000 infected fir trees and bury or extract infested wood before the orange-and-black monarchs start arriving in late October to spend the winter bunched together on branches, carpeting the trees.
Environmentalists say the forest canopy of tall firs is essential to shelter the butterflies on their annual migration through Mexico, the United States and Canada. The journey is tracked by scholars and schoolchildren across North America and draws tens of thousands of tourists to the reserve, a U.N. Heritage site.
But freezing rains and cold night air that can kill the monarchs at the high-altitude reserve, so the insects are threatened by a loss of trees, whether by loggers or the bark beetles.
Because the migration is an inherited trait — no butterfly lives to make the round-trip — it's not clear whether they could find another wintering ground.
Experts say insecticide is the best way to control the beetles, but that would endanger the butterflies. Instead, park officials are fighting the plague tree-by-tree.

City plans to cut down trees to install sidewalks no one wants; Charlotte, NC

Park Road residents fighting for trees -
Park Road residents are fighting to preserve trees 100 years old or older that line the busy road and are in danger of being destroyed.
The city of Charlotte plans to install a sidewalk there.
'It provides a canopy for the entire road between Sunset and Poindexter,' said Dan Hopkins, one of the neighbors trying to save the trees. 'My tree in my front yard will be gone. I have two more in the backyard. It will completely change the aesthetics of my house and value of my house.'

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Government, private industry and non-profits partner with volunteers to increase UTC; Terra Haute, IN

Terre Haute News, Terre Haute, Indiana- - TREES to plant more trees:
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Street trees will be planted this fall in “The Avenues” as part of the ongoing effort to rebuild Terre Haute’s street tree canopy. There is no charge to residents for the trees.

All of the trees are provided through a grant with the following partners: TREES Inc., the City of Terre Haute, ALCOA and the IDNR Community and Urban Forest Office. They will be planted by volunteers Oct. 24, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Locations for the trees will have been previously marked with a sign. The sign contains instructions on how a property owner can “opt out” of the tree planting.

DC's Casey Trees, Arlington County, VA government recognize notable trees in metro area; Washington, DC

Noble Honor Takes Root -
The program rewards three categories: Big Trees, Witness Trees (of historic significance), and My Tree (of personal significance). Currently the Big Trees designation includes one national champion, a Jujube (Ziziphus jujube) located on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. Its trunk has a 93-inch circumference. The 61-foot tall tree also has a spread of 51 feet.
All winners of the Trees of Note designation will be included on the Casey Trees online map. 'The [geocaching] course will change biannualy to feature different or new trees, different neighborhoods and seasonal changes,' Powell said. 'We hope the geocaching element will introduce individuals to urban forestry and the importance of trees in city living and encourage individuals to see the District as not just a brick and mortar city.'

Laurel wilt killing avacado, redbay, and sassafras on Florida's palm coast; Daytona Beach, FL

News -
Tree experts say residents need to be extra vigilant to help slow the spread of an invasive laurel wilt fungus attacking redbay trees in Volusia and Flagler counties.
Otherwise, a big part of the area's tree canopy could be destroyed within the next five years, said Ray Jarrett, an environmental specialist with the state's Division of Plant Industry.
'It's really bad,' Jarrett said.
The fungus attacks redbay, sassafras and avocado trees, all in the laurel family.

Tree Foundation to receive stimulus funding for jobs; Sacramento, CA

Sacramento Press / Tree Foundation to receive funding for jobs:
A non-profit group that promotes an “urban forest” through programs to plant and maintain trees is likely to receive a $750,000 federal stimulus grant to hire additional staffers. The Sacramento Tree Foundation has been selected to receive the American Recovery and Reinvestment grant and is ironing out the details for how it plans to use the money.
The federal stimulus dollars will be distributed through the U.S. Forest Service and will be administered through California ReLeaf, a Davis-based environmental group.
“We’re privileged as well as excited to receive the grant from the Forest Service,” said City Councilman Ray Tretheway, who is the foundation’s executive director. “It hits at an acute time where non-profits are normally struggling.”

Climate change, urbanization, disease vectors and human health; Earth

The Spread of New Diseases and the Climate Connection by Sonia Shah: Yale Environment 360: As humans increasingly encroach on forested lands and as temperatures rise, the transmission of disease from animals and insects to people is growing. Now a new field, known as “conservation medicine,” is exploring how ecosystem disturbance and changing interactions between wildlife and humans can lead to the spread of new pathogens.
by sonia shah

Look up into the tree canopy of the urban tropics in South Asia, Australia, or equatorial Africa and as often as not you will find masses of Pteropos fruit bats, hanging from the branches like so many furry stalactites. Their forests cut down by bulldozers, torched by slash-and-burn farmers, or desiccated from a disrupted climate, fruit bats increasingly intrude upon human communities, adapting to the orchards and cultivated fruit trees of the cities, farms, and suburbs that have subsumed their forests.

With those bats come diseases that spread to humans, and a growing body of research suggests that their microbes — as well as other pathogens that jump from animals to people — are spreading more rapidly because of climate change and deforestation.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

They make trees tough out west - storm blows down plenty of leaves and twigs but leaves little tree damage; Sacramento, CA

Sacramento's trees muster strength to endure blustery storm - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News Sacramento Bee:
Take one established metropolitan city, add hundreds of thousands of trees and throw in saturating rains and high winds.
What do you get? How about an October day in the city of Sacramento, which on Wednesday was blanketed with foliage, tree limbs, fallen signs and some large, toppled trees.
The question is, did Sacramento take a battering disproportionate to other locales that experience more powerful storms?
It turns out, however, that Tuesday's 3 inches of rain and 35 mph winds toppled relatively few trees in Sacramento.

Borough arborist contract pruned in budget cutting exercise; Red Bank, NJ

The budget axe has fallen on Red Bank’s arborist, who oversaw the planting of some 400 new trees throughout town in recent years.
In a move that Mayor Pasquale Menna said will save the borough about $20,000 a year, the position was eliminated, and so its holder, Mike Olimpi, is out.
The termination was vaguely alluded to at Monday night’s borough council meeting, when Menna gave Olimpi a certificate of appreciation without immediately making clear that Olimpi was leaving the borough payroll.
Afterward, Menna cited shrinking tax and grant receipts as the reason.
“When revenue is down, everything can’t be provided, and unfortunately we don’t have the kind of funding for an arborist as we once did,” he told redbankgreen.

Re-Tree WNY stalling on planting goal as recession dries up needed fiscal support; Buffalo, NY

Help tree-planting : Opinion : The Buffalo News:
Three years ago, folks in these parts suddenly became very aware of the trees that surrounded them, trees that we had taken for granted as they shaded our streets, cleaned our air and otherwise brought beauty to our neighborhoods and parks with relatively little effort on our part.
We became aware because many of those trees had been suddenly felled or damaged by what came to be known as the October Surprise snowstorm. And not a few of those branches and limbs also took out a lot of our power lines … something else we take for granted most of the time.
The power companies scrambled the troops and, while it seemed interminable at the time, soon put the electric lines back. That part of life went back to normal.
But there was no arboreal armada … paid by your monthly utility bills … on standby to restore the status quo of the urban forests. An organization had to be created from scratch to make that effort.
Thus arose Re-Tree WNY, a volunteer organization that set a goal of planting 30,000 trees in five years. Now, more than half way through that self-imposed time horizon, the organization and the individuals, groups and local governments that have supported it have planted 11,200."

Illinois State University study looks at ash borer problem; Chenoa, IL

ISU study looks at ash borer problem - Pontiac, IL - Pontiac Daily Leader:
It’s been a pest that has created issues for this community for more than a year. The emerald ash borer has made itself at home here and won’t be leaving until it runs out of housing.
The housing is the ash tree. Many were planted in Chenoa many years ago.
It is believed the EAB, as it is commonly known, made its way from the Chicago suburbs as long as 10 years ago. The mode of transportation appears to be by motor vehicle through the transportation of firewood.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Exemption is used to skirt city's tree rules; San Antonio, TX

Exemption is used to skirt city's tree rules:
When City Council members approved an ordinance in 1997 to protect trees from urban sprawl, they had a deceptively simple goal: Make sure the rules applied to developers who often own large tracts of land — not homeowners who want to get rid of a few trees on single-family lots.
But at least one lobbyist has figured out developers can bulldoze trees on a large property, as long as it has a house.
In 2007, lobbyist Ken Brown told a commercial client, Skinner Nurseries, it could clear trees on a rural tract of land without worrying about the tree ordinance, said Charles Skinner, a real estate agent for the Florida company who is related to the owners.
Because the 19-acre property on Somerset Road had a house, Skinner Nurseries was able to use the homeowner exemption as a free pass to get around the tree ordinance and its potential mitigation costs.
Nearly every tree on the property was bulldozed to develop a tree-nursery business.

Ann Arbor mayor to lead inaugural Tree Tour Bike Ride; Ann Arbor, MI

Ann Arbor mayor to lead inaugural Tree Tour Bike Ride -
Mayor John Hieftje says he doesn't have a fancy bicycle, but it gets the job done.
'I have a pretty boring bike actually,' he said. 'It's got fenders - it's a commuter bike - but it gets me around town very well and comfortably.'
On Saturday, Hieftje will hop on his wheels to join the Ann Arbor Tree Conservancy for the first-ever Tree Tour Bike Ride, a two-hour riding tour of some of the greenest parts of Tree Town.
Michael Conlin of the Tree Conservancy said his group hopes to show the mayor people care about Ann Arbor's tree canopy as much as they do biking. The route for Saturday's ride is posted at

It looks like my house but it works like a tree - biomimicry in design; Earth

Biologists and Designers Team Up to Do It Nature’s Way
Sustainable development is moving to a new level where buildings are integral to nature, supporting nature’s work rather than interfering with life-sustaining ecosystems. HOK, the world’s largest architecture-engineering firm, has teamed up with the Biomimicry Guild to bring about this innovative shift with the introduction of biomimicry to the build environment.
Biomimicry enables architects and engineers to design buildings and other structures that perform like nature, notes Mary Ann Lazarus, director of Sustainable Design for HOK.
“A building designed with biomimicry principles might or might not look like a tree, but different aspects will function like a tree,” explains Janine Benyus, a biologist, cofounder of the Biomimicry Guild and author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.

Public-private partnership relocates trees threatened by development; Fort Lauderdale, FL

Riverwalk replants Yankee Clipper trees -- South Florida
The weather was perfect for planting trees, landscape architect Robert Dugan said.

Dugan was standing on the red brick walkway alongside the New River on a recent Saturday, watching a monster crane hoist a 50-foot coconut palm from a flatbed and place it, ever so carefully, into a 5-foot-deep hole in the ground. But these palms weren't just any trees.

Fourteen palms from the now-shuttered Yankee Clipper Hotel are being preserved and replanted near Riverwalk as part of the Riverwalk Trust's Tree Harmony program.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Washington, DC’s Palisades Citizens Association takes on Pepco with Mayor Fenty; Washington, DC

Washington, DC’s Palisades Citizens Association takes on Pepco with Mayor Fenty:
Last night, the Palisades Citizens Association (PCA) held a community meeting and voiced their long-standing concerns in front of Mayor Adrian Fenty and Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh about their battles with Pepco to preserve the Palisades neighborhood tree canopies.
The Palisades is situated towards the northern edge of Georgetown, adjacent to the Potomac River in the upper Northwest quadrant. It is a quiet area that has managed to resist “urbanized” advances to maintain its “small town” feel; as well as remain a neighborhood with one of the highest concentrations of green spaces and foliage in the city – to include legacy trees several decades old. Earlier this year, Pepco had launched the “Palisades Enhanced Reliability Project” to improve electrical reliability performance in the area. Unfortunately, this project involves removing trees and/or trimming them down heavily into a “Y” shape, which not only damages the tree but the overall aesthetics of the landscape as well.

City councilmember identifies key issues facing city as gangs, development and...UTC?; Sarasota, FL

WARD 4: Q&A with Henry and Smith Sarasota Florida Southwest Florida's Information Leader:
WARD 4: Q&A with Henry and Smith

Published: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 10:37 a.m.
Considering the decline in the city’s property tax base, do you agree with its budget priorities?
Henry: At this time I haven’t seen this year’s budget. In past years, I have thought that priorities were askew. I believe the council should have more input into the making of the budget.
Smith: I agree with the budget priorities when taken in the context of the current economic situation, nationally and locally, as well as past and future budget realities. Since 2000, the city has made significant strides in reducing staff levels through increased efficiencies while raising wages, especially in public safety to help retain our employees. This philosophy of making the city run much like a business continues in the fiscal year 2010 budget. Further, the current budget, while relatively austere, will allow the city to move proactively into the uncertain times of a bad economy and potential new state funding mandates with some stability.

City’s Oldest Tree? It’ one of these...; New York, NY

City’s Oldest Tree? It’s Anyone’s Guess - City Room Blog -
The question is asked every few years when another living landmark tumbles down: What is the oldest tree in New York City?
The answer isn’t easy.
“The oldest tree in New York?” said Edward S. Barnard, the author of “New York City Trees: A Field Guide for the Metropolitan Area” (Columbia University Press, 2002). “God only knows.”
There are 5.2 million trees in New York City, and tree canopies shade roughly one-quarter of the city, according to estimates by the United States Forest Service. Conventional wisdom, with all its caveats and contradictions, currently holds that the oldest may be the enormous tulip tree in Alley Pond Park, called the Queens Giant. (It is also believed to be the city’s tallest tree.)

Mayor Vows To Plant 10,000 Trees; New Haven, CT

New Haven Independent Mayor Vows To Plant 10,000 Trees
Neighborhoods that plant together, stay together, Kris Sainsbury observed. It happened in City Point — and it will now happen citywide.

As the mayor set an ambitious new tree-planting goal for New Haven, City Point activist Sainsbury (pictured in plaid shirt at a tree planting last year) offered reasons for neighborhoods to support it.
Mayor John Destefano’s announcement came at a Monday night City Point fundraiser for the Urban Resources Initiative (URI), the local non-profit responsible for much of the tree planting that takes place in New Haven. Under the advisement of URI Director Colleen Murphy-Dunning, Destefano announced a five-year commitment to planting 2,000 trees per year.
The initiative will have a “double bottom line,” he said: It will not only make the city greener and more beautiful, but it will bring neighborhoods together around the common goals of planting and maintaining new trees.

Sharpsburg committee wants to recognize 'historic' trees; Sharpsburg, MD

Sharpsburg committee wants to recognize 'historic' trees - The Times-Herald:
By Jeff Bishop
The Times-Herald
Do you think you may have an historically significant tree in your yard or in your neighborhood? If so, there's a new committee in Sharpsburg that wants to hear about it. Although the Sharpsburg Tree Commission actually began its life two years ago, it has only recently been reactivated, say members Polly Garlington and Roy Matthews, chairman.
'Our mission is to preserve our urban forest and to raise people's awareness of the trees we have in and around town,' said Matthews. 'We want to stimulate interest in trees.'
The historic tree recognition project is a big part of that effort, he said.

Want trees? City’s got ‘em under Neighbourwoods program; Kelowna, British Columbia

Want trees? City’s got ‘em under Neighbourwoods program, but deadline nears Want trees? City’s got ‘em under Neighbourwoods program, but deadline nears
Monday, October 5th, 2009 1:00 pm
The deadline is just days away for neighbours to submit requests for trees in the NeighbourWoods pilot program.
In an effort to get as many trees as possible distributed throughout Kelowna, the number of neighbours required to sign up for the program has dropped to 20. The NeighbourWoods program was designed by the City’s Parks Services branch to increase the city’s urban tree canopy and will be kicked off in celebration of International Day of Climate Action, October 24.
The program was announced September 23, with a deadline of October 10 to submit applications. Originally, the requirement was for a minimum of 40 properties to sign on for a chance to be selected to receive trees, one per household, at a significantly reduced rate of $30 per tree (valued at $100).

Activists say "no way, Jose!" to proposed developer mitigation and fight to save mature trees instead; Miami, FL

The 41st Street Oaks Live to See Another Day:
On NE 41st Street, in the heart of Miami’s Designed District, two majestic, 80-foot-tall Southern Live Oaks, estimated to be nearly 100 years old, narrowly escaped the chainsaw last month thanks to two Biscayne Corridor residents tired of witnessing the destruction of Miami’s sparse tree canopy.
On August 26, Miami's Code Enforcement Department posted a sign on a vacant lot at 28 NE 41st Street announcing the approval of an application to cut down the two stately oaks. The applicants, art collectors Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz, hoped to make room for several more vehicles in a soon-to-be-built parking lot on their property, across the street from their new museum, which will showcase their world-renowned collection of contemporary art.

Girl Guides, Ontario Urban Forest Council and Trees Ontario kick off Heritage Tree program; Ontario, Canada

TREES ONTARIO First Trees Ontario Heritage Tree Celebrated with the Help of Ontario Girl Guides:
TORONTO, Sept. 30 /CNW/
Early this morning, five enthusiastic Girl Guides joined Adrina Ambrosii, Ontario Urban Forest Council Director (OUFC) and Trees Ontario President and CEO, Michael G. Scott under the canopy of a giant Red Oak to celebrate the first recognized Ontario Heritage Tree and the harvesting of its 2009 crop of acorns.
The venerable Red Oak is located in Toronto's unique Wychwood Park and is one of four that stand on the property owned by Douglas Goold and Libby Znaimer. A Heritage Tree is usually more than 70 years old. What sets them apart is the important cultural and historical significance they represent to their communities.
'We have nominations coming in from across the province as people wish to celebrate those trees that have been part of the fabric of their community - some of the trees are over 200 years old,' said Michael G. Scott. 'We are very pleased that Ontario Girl Guides have joined Trees Ontario and OUFC to take part in the Ontario Heritage Tree Program. We are glad that all the young people of our province can be involved in forestry stewardship.'

Hey-spread out! City Forestry Commission, concerned that trees planted too closely have to compete, calls for wider spacing; Oak Park, IL

Oak Park gives tree more space to grow --
Stately trees with lush green canopies arching over village streets are a common sight in Oak Park.

But the proximity of the trees to each other may be damaging to their health, according to the village forester, voicing a concern echoed in other suburban communities.

So Oak Park's Village Board has voted to widen the minimum planting distance between new trees to 50 feet from 35 feet.

The move comes as the village is losing about 400 trees a year to various diseases and age. Dutch elm disease claimed about 200 trees this year, and the emerald ash borer is starting to claim others. In addition, many of the lush Norway maples are starting to succumb to old age.

Palo Alto pitches new 'tree policy' after California Avenue uproar; Palo Alto, CA

Palo Alto pitches new 'tree policy' after California Avenue uproar - San Jose Mercury News: Responding to an uproar over the sudden removal of 63 trees on California Avenue, Palo Alto officials have drawn up a new 'tree policy' that would require community meetings and citizen commission approvals every time the city cuts down a tree.
New training sessions for city staff, a checklist of criteria for future tree removals and an 'urban forest master plan' are also part of the city's plan to prevent a repeat of the public relations blunder.
In a letter to the city council, resident Robert Smith called the trees' removal "one of the saddest events that the city has done in my 40-plus years here." Noting that he follows city matters closely and hadn't heard anything about the plans, he called the tree removal a "rogue action by a city department that has too much budget and not enough supervision.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Clackamas County may ban urban clear cuts; Clackamas County, OR

Clackamas County may ban urban clear cuts:
After a brief explosion of interest and nine months cooking in a task force, the county has finally come up with the meat of a tree-cutting ordinance to prevent clear cuts of properties in the urban area.
Urban Green, a group of local advocates for tree protection, rallied after a parcel with 200 old-growth trees was cleared, Chips Janger told the Clackamas Review last year. When the county said it couldn’t do anything, Urban Green put together a proposal for a tree ordinance, which has been hashed over with staff and other community partners since.
What has emerged is a compromise, meeting the group’s concerns and offering some protection while taking into account an important issue for the county.

Council challenged to expand tree planting to private property and tree deficit areas; Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center: Council prepares for FY2011 budget during strategic plan update:
Another of Council’s objectives was to attain a tree canopy of at least 40%. That goal has already been reached, but the Charlottesville Planning Commission is looking at ways to go even further.
Councilor Satyendra Huja challenged the parks department to plant 500 trees by this time next year. Daly said it would be difficult to make that goal.

“We can plant 500 seedlings in the next three weeks, but you’re only going to have 20% to 25% survivability,” Daly said. He said tree plantings would be concentrated on the City’s entrance corridors and downtown.
Councilor Brown said he would like to see a program developed where the City offers to plant trees on private property, particularly in areas of town where the tree canopy does not meet the City’s goals. He proposed a “tree commission” to determine evaluate applications from residents.

Trees get last laugh - swamp devestated by Hugo now home to six national champion trees; Eastover, SC

Swamp regenerates after storm - Neighbors - The State:
Hurricane Hugo blew down one of the biggest trees in America, located on an oak ridge in the Congaree swamp. For years after the storm, the shumard oak lay there, rotting.
The last traces of it are surely gone by now, said John Cely, who worked for the state Department of Natural Resources for 26 years and knows the swamp as well as anyone.
Since then, other big trees have stretched toward the clouds.
Now, there are six national champion species in the 26,000-acre swamp, said Vic Shelbourne, a Clemson professor who's the one South Carolinian responsible for keeping track of record-setting trees.

Master Gardener gives tips on recognizing hazardous trees before the storm; Visalia, CA

Master Gardener: Recognizing hazardous trees before the storm Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register:
Master Gardener: Recognizing hazardous trees before the storm
Michelle Le Strange • Master Gardener • October 1, 2009
As we enter October we hope that the rainy season will soon begin. But are your older trees ready for a big storm? Every year we hear about trees falling into power lines or smashing into the roof of a house.
Are you concerned about a tree falling over, or a large limb crashing down on your house or car? It is during the season of rainy and windy weather when trees that have become hazardous make their presence known.
But how can you tell if you have a hazardous tree before the branch lands on your house?

Association gets grant to plant 485 trees in city neighborhoods; Baltimore, MD

Explore Baltimore County: Association gets grant to plant 485 trees in city neighborhoods:
The Chesapeake Bay Trust has awarded the north Baltimore-based Jones Falls Watershed Association a $33,000 grant, in partnership with the Greater Homewood Community Corp., to plant 485 trees in Baltimore City neighborhoods, parks, near schools and streets and other public right of ways.
About 1,000 city residents are expected to participate in the project, the trust said in a news release Sept. 22.

Approved streetscape plan provides for additional tree canopy; Los Altos, CA

Los Altos Town Crier - Los Altos OKs San Antonio streetscape:
Phase I – from Edith Ave- nue to the south end of Plaza 3 – will extend along the frontage of Parking Plaza 3 and include decorative crosswalks at Hillview and Hawthorne avenues, Pepper and Cuesta drives and Lyell Street, according to James Walgren, assistant city manager and director of planning, building and engineering.
Although there was agreement that the project would greatly enhance downtown’s visual appeal, councilmembers raised other concerns.
“We’ll be losing more parking spaces – 13 with this project – in the downtown area,” said Councilwoman Val Carpenter, chairwoman of the Downtown Development Committee, which spearheads the revitalization.
Other elements include landscaping along Plaza 3’s green wall with stormwater runoffs, an expanded tree canopy, traffic-calming measures such as raised crosswalks and beautification at San Antonio Road intersections.

Tree "murder" on alderman's street results in new training for public tree care; New Haven, CT

New Haven Independent City: Tree Training On The Way:
After the oaks on Moti Sandman’s street were “murdered” by a city contractor, the city is taking steps to avoid killing any more.

That was the takeaway from a meeting of neighbors and city officials on Tuesday night. Beaver Hills Alderman Moti Sandman (pictured) and Alderman Carl Goldfield organized the meeting in response to constituent complaints about the sorry state of neighborhood trees.
After trees on Sandman’s street were gravely damaged by the installation of new sidewalks, the parks and public works departments are teaming up to ensure that future improvements don’t make the same mistake.