Friday, April 30, 2010

Interactive map: Planting trees to increase the urban tree canopy in Washington, D.C. - Arbor Day 2010 (; Washington, DC

Interactive map: Planting trees to increase the urban tree canopy in Washington, D.C. - Arbor Day 2010 (
It's Arbor Day.
Do you know where the trees are?
The District should look a good bit greener in 25 years if Mayor Adrian M. Fenty realizes his goal of a 40 percent 'urban tree canopy' -- or a tree canopy that covers 40 percent of the city as viewed from above -- by 2035. Right now, the District has a fairly healthy 35 percent canopy, thanks to Rock Creek and Fort DuPont parks. But an effort is underway to plant more on private property in hopes of reaping such benefits as reduced air pollution, improved water quality and less demand for energy during the summer. To reach 40 percent by 2035, the District would need to add more than 2,000 acres of canopy, or about 216,000 trees. Casey Trees, a D.C. nonprofit organization that plants, monitors and cares for trees in the District, has contributed to the cause by planting more than 7,000 trees since 2003.

San Francisco urban canopy gets on the map; San Francisco, CA

San Francisco urban canopy gets on the map Growth Rings:
Coming soon to a city near you, a Wiki-fied map of every urban street tree.
The San Francisco urban canopy got a lot of national attention last week regarding, a public forum that allows citizens to contribute and edit detailed information about the trees in their community.
Using Google Maps, the Web site provides a street address for every tree that also includes species name, common name, trunk diameter and an estimated yearly ‘eco impact’ registered in a dollar amount.
Angie DiSalvo of Portland Urban Forestry said she has followed this initiative for five years and is curious about the cost-management details.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Arbor Day celebrations set for Tulare County, CA

Arbor Day celebrations set for Tulare County Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register:
What's the big deal about trees?

'Trees can reduce energy usage, act as a wind break, reduce noise, control erosion, clean the air, increase property values and make people feel good,' wrote Brian Kempf, arborist and director of Visalia's Urban Tree Foundation, in an e-mail.

Many of those were the same reasons J. Sterling Morton pushed to establish Arbor Day 138 years ago, which he did successfully. In fact, the Arbor Tree Foundation estimates that about 1 million trees were planted on that first Arbor Day in Nebraska.

It became a national celebration still recognized today with events such as the one May 8 at Valley Oaks Golf Course in Visalia, where 200 trees will be planted by volunteers. The event is 8 to 11 a.m. May 8 at 1111 Road 86 off Plaza Drive and Walnut Avenue.

District's tree grade drops to B-; Washington, DC

District's tree grade drops to B- - News:
A local non-profit lowered D.C.'s 2009 tree grade last month from a B to a B-, citing confusion among District agencies about tree policies and lags in federally mandated provisions for tree protection and expansion.

Casey Trees' report card is the only independent evaluation of the District's tree canopy and the only independent tree assessment of a city in the United States, according to its website. The grade is based on the amount of tree cover, the condition of the trees, the number of trees planted, the knowledge and participation in tree-related issues and the regulatory and voluntary measures to protect trees.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For City Of Sweetwater Urban Tree Planting Project; Sweetwater, FL

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For City Of Sweetwater Urban Tree Planting Project - Miami, FL -
At the intersection of SW 115th Avenue and Flagler Street, The Community Image Advisory Board (CIAB), Commissioner Dennis C. Moss and Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz of Miami-Dade County, along with the City of Sweetwater, will be celebrating the completion of a reforestation and greening project sponsored by the Community Image Advisory Board along SW 115th Avenue.

This event also marks the City of Sweetwater’s adoption of the goals of the County’s Street Tree Master Plan and commitment to participate in the County-wide effort to increase tree canopy cover to 30%. The partners planted hundreds of shade trees, bright green shrubs, and vividly colored flowers adding an eye-catching enhancement to this heavily traveled street as well as an asset to neighborhood. Several key participants from the project, the mayors and commissioners from Miami-Dade County and the City of Sweetwater have been invited to speak at the celebration.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Beautification morphs to air quality improvement as Tree Project takes root in Leslieville and Riverdale; Toronto, Canada

InsideToronto Article: Tree Project takes root in Leslieville and Riverdale:
Two east end groups have come together to improve Leslieville's tree canopy and in turn enhance local air quality.
About two years ago, several south Riverdale/Leslieville residents concerned about the aging and degenerating tree canopy in their area came together to form Beautification of Leslieville District (BOLD), which was instrumental in the planting of more than 60 trees in Greenwood Park.
This fall, that group started working on a new project called the Leslieville/Riverdale Tree Project in partnership with the South Riverdale Community Health Centre's (SRCHC) Neighbourhood Action on Air Quality (NAAQ), an outdoor air quality initiative funded by the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.

Historic Setting For Arbor Day Events; Leesburg, VA

Leesburg Today - The Journal of Loudoun County - Morven Park Provides Historic Setting For Arbor Day Events:
Introducing the Arbor Day Tree, which later was dedicated to Dr. Joe Rogers, of Hamilton, County Urban Forester Dana Malone said he was happy to see a historic tree planted at a historic site, noting that up to now, there has been only one historic Arbor Day tree-the Dwight D. Eisenhower Green Ash tree that was planted at the Lovettsville Community Center.

The 2010 tree, a sapling grown from an acorn of the Wye Oak, the nation's oldest and largest White Oak tree that died in 2002, was dedicated to Rogers as the owner of a similar, huge White Oak that fell in July 2007. That tree, had it lived, Malone estimated probably 'would have been the nation's largest tree, if only for a while.'

Arbor Day thought on why people don't want trees; Virginia

MOUNTAIN VIEW: Some Roots and Trees:
As Virginia’s Arbor Day arrives, each year, I wonder what change in humanity makes it so hard to keep trees standing, these days. More reasons exist to remove trees, it appears, than there are trees left to remove.
“Bird-droppings terrify me.” “Utility lines overhead.” “Buried lines underground.” “Too close to the house.” “Shade on the patio.” “Might fall if there’s an earthquake.”
“Messes up the lawn.” “I heard somebody hid behind a tree somewhere and robbed somebody.” “Ours got ‘too big’.” “I had to dismount my riding mower to trim around them; so I cut mine down.”
Two basic mental “roots” feed our current penchant for tree removal and the barbaric, harmful topping that arborists beg us to quit subjecting our trees to. 1) fear. 2) the convenience of cars and machinery.

Students Plant Trees & Get Lesson On Environment with Urban League and TreeBaltimore; Baltimore, MD

Students Plant Trees & Get Lesson On Environment -
It was more than just a walk in the park for some Baltimore City students Friday. They were working hard and getting an up close and personal lesson about the environment.

They were digging and mulching in Druid Hill Park Friday.
Dozens of Baltimore City students came to the park to get a better understanding of the importance of trees.
The big dig is sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Urban League.

'They're actually planting trees, putting mulch around trees that need mulch and nutrients. They're doing all kinds of activities and they'll be doing it several hours today,' said Stephen Rice, Vice President of the Greater Baltimore Urban League. 'It's important because it's an opportunity for us to actually do something to improve our environment.'

Neighborwoods program growing in Sandpoint, ID

Bonner County Daily Bee:
Gail Lyster knows by looking.
When the local artist and member of the city’s tree committee takes a detour through a city neighborhood, she notices immediately whether they are part of the urban forestry’s tree planting program.
The trees are neatly staked, pruned and ornate.
More often these days, a program called Neighborwoods, is at the heart of the new plantings.
It warms Lyster to be part of the effort.
“It makes you feel so good to see all those trees that are going to be building into our healthy urban forest, ” Lyster said.

Huffington Post writer discusses Replacing Dead Urban Spaces with Living Habitat in Tokyo, Japan

Jared Braiterman: Replacing Dead Urban Spaces with Living Habitat:
'Do you really think Tokyo is green? Why do you only focus on the good sides of Tokyo?' These are questions that many Japanese and foreign residents of Tokyo have asked me.
Tokyo Green Space focuses on how residents of the world's largest city make the most of a poorly planned and dense city by gardening in the smallest of spaces. There is a growing awareness that making maximum use of public spaces in cities offers tremendous human and environmental benefits. But the questions I have been asked reflect the persistent gap between what is and what can be.

Free trees available May 1 for Canal Winchester residents; Canal Winchester, OH

Free trees available May 1 for Canal Winchester residents Lancaster Eagle Gazette:
Canal Winchester residents will have the opportunity to pick up a free tree at the village's 11th annual free tree giveaway, from 9 to 11 a.m. May 1 at Stradley Place on South High Street.

The first 10 residents who sign a form agreeing to plant a tree in their front yard will be allowed two trees.
According to Canal Winchester's Urban Forester, Dick Miller, the village has implemented the 'Front Yard Tree Program' to encourage homeowners to plant trees in their front yards. The annual free tree give away and the new 'Front Yard Tree Program' are part of the village's Street Tree Advisory Board's initiative to increase canopy coverage throughout the community.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sixth graders participate in tree canopy enhancement, earn service learning credits; Cumberland, MD

ACPS - Allegany County Public Schools:
Braddock Middle School sixth graders recently participated in a tree planting in an effort to increase Cumberland’s Urban Tree Canopy. Each student earned a total of four service-learning credit hours towards the seventy-five required for graduation.
Assisting students in the tree plantings were Paul Eriksson, Natural Resource Specialist for the City of Cumberland; Sarah Milbourne, Rocky Gap State Park ranger; and Becky Wilson, Department of Natural Resources officer.

Growing legacy: Issaquah reigns as Tree City USA; Issaquah, WA

Growing legacy: Issaquah reigns as Tree City USA : The Issaquah Press – News, Sports, Classifieds in Issaquah, WA:
The mayor and city brass gathered to celebrate Arbor Day last April beneath dull gray skies — a bare, drab scene unlike the leafy canopy shading Issaquah streets in summertime.
City leaders and residents gather every spring to plant the official Arbor Day tree: a Burr oak near Gibson Hall last year, a crabapple at Grand Ridge Elementary School the year before. The annual ceremony serves as more than a photo opportunity.
Officials will mark Arbor Day indoors next week, with a presentation by city Open Space Steward Matt Mechler to the municipal Park Board.
Issaquah, designated as a Tree City USA for the past 16 years, is required to observe and proclaim Arbor Day to maintain the designation. Officials mark the day with a tree planting, and select a ceremonial tree for each occasion.

Awards recognize urban, community forest 'friends'; Wisconsin

Awards recognize urban, community forest 'friends' - WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports:
A rural Marathon County resident, four governmental entities, a local tree board, and two state legislators have been recognized by the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council for their support of the state's urban and community forest resources.

Accounting for green infrastructure as assets; Oregon

Appreciating Oregon's trees
Oregon's trees may soon be fully appreciated.
In addition to cleaning our air and water and absorbing carbon, numerous studies have calculated the value of trees to our cities. One assigned a $5 billion value to Portland's trees. Another calculated the growth in tax revenues through increased home values at an average of $7,000 per tree, with a cumulative increase of $13,000 for neighboring homes.
Plus, while the value of public assets such as roads and bridges depreciate after installation, a tree's value appreciates during its first 20 years as growing roots and branches trap more pollutants and runoff every year.
Yet despite the numerous public benefits, urban tree planting and preservation aren't funded in the ways that we fund our bridges and roads.
This may be about to change. For the first time, the Oregon Department of Transportation is putting trees 'on the books' as part of the three-year project involving ODOT Region 1, Friends of Trees and Metro to green the I-205 bike and pedestrian path known as the Multi-Use Path.

There Is a Plan to Replace Those Downtown Trees Removed This Weekend; Dallas, TX

There Is a Plan to Replace Those Downtown Trees Removed This Weekend - Dallas News - Unfair Park: So, regarding those missing trees at Elm and North Harwood:

They'll be back. Don't know exactly when. But, says Lincoln Properties' Laurie Garcia, who manages that corner lot at Elm and Harwood for the Boston-based owners, they're planting new ones 'as soon as possible.' And that corner, she insists, will be 'very appealing.' She sent along the park plan pictured above as proof of that promise.

But, yes, she can totally understand why people are unhappy today with the sudden disappearance of the trees, which came without warning over the weekend.

Baltimore tallies progress towards sustainability; Baltimore, MD

Baltimore sustainability plan -
...Other efforts were tallied, if not measured. The report estimates that more than 6,000 trees were planted last year on public and private lands, though it couldn't say whether that represented progress toward the goal of doubling the city's tree canopy.

TreeVitalize spruces up the West Side; Kingston, PA

TreeVitalize spruces up the West Side The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA:
TreeVitalize spruces up the West Side
Volunteers of the program work to increase tree canopy cover in metro regions across the country.

KINGSTON – On a cold, wet and windy Saturday morning, a fleet of volunteers perused the landscape of Kingston with sleeves rolled up and shovels in hand, hoping to bring some green back to local parks and streets.
Over 15 volunteers, consisting of middle school and college students, Dallas 4-H Club members and municipal members, planted dozens of different species of trees in hopes of providing the town a larger natural canopy. Its benefits, storm water management, natural air filters and energy conservation, make the effort all that more important.
“Most of the trees we are planting today are replacement trees,” said Vincent Cotrone, Penn State Cooperative Extension urban forester and supervisor of the day’s activities. “In town, it is required by law that when a tree comes down, a tree goes up.”

Dundee receives grant for tree canopy from Stimulus funds; Dundee, FL

Dundee receives grant for tree canopy
Dundee's Main Street, also a section of Scenic Highway, will soon become a more picturesque, tree-lined road as it passes through the center of town.
The town recently received a $18,750 non-matching grant from the Florida Department of Forestry program, 'Florida Forest Health Improvement Initiative.' The grant is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed by Congress in February 2009.
'The town proposed that, if awarded the grant, that the town would create a tree canopy along a blighted stretch of roadway in downtown Dundee along Ridge Scenic Highway,' said Town Manager Andy Stewart.
According to Stewart, Dundee was ranked the highest of 135 cities throughout the state vying for funds.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The 'Burgh comes out in droves for tree giveway - more to come May 5th; Pittsburgh, PA

City's free tree program takes root:
In just 30 minutes on Thursday morning, 1,000 people snapped up free dogwood, crab apple and sweet gum seedlings the city gave away through its TreeVitalize program.
The city's urban forester, Lisa Ceoffe, said she was astonished at the turnout. At the same event last year, fewer than 100 people showed up to claim free seedlings. The remaining 900-plus were given away at farmers markets.
An estimated 2,000 people formed a snaky line around the portico of the City-County Building and down the Grant Street sidewalk by 11 a.m., when the first tree was handed out. People who showed up at 11:35 a.m., expecting to have until 1 p.m. to claim a tree said, 'Oh man,' and 'You're kidding!' when they learned the trees were gone. People in line dispersed in disbelief.
'It's a good problem to have,' Ms. Ceoffe said, 'this many people taking time on their lunch hour for a tree.'
She said she overnight-ordered 1,000 trees to give away Saturday at an Earth Day event at the Frick Park Environmental Center, 2500 Beechwood Blvd. That event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., was to have been the vehicle for dispersing what was left from yesterday's giveaway.

Volunteers needed! Urban Tree Advisory Committee seeks applicants; Grants Pass, OR

City of Grants Pass : What's New:
Urban Tree Advisory Accepting Applications
Closure Date: May 12, 2010
Posted Date: 4/15/2010
Applications are being accepted to serve on the Urban Tree Advisory Committee for the City of Grants Pass. There are two positions open due to terms that expire May 21, 2010. Applications for this Committee must be received no later than May 12, 2010.
For further information, please call Janet at 474-6360 ext. 0.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

2010 Tree Census of Chicago area underway soon; Chicago, IL

2010 Tree Census:
2010 Tree Census
Every tree counts toward a greener, healthier, more beautiful world!

That's why The Morton Arboretum is conducting a 2010 Tree Census in the seven-county Chicago region, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service.

When: Beginning in May through October 2010
What: Assess the character, extent, and environmental contributions of the urban and community forest
Results: Due out winter 2010-2011

Project Goals
Determine the scope, character, and condition of the urban forest
Evaluate the vitality of the urban tree canopy
Set realistic future goals to increase the canopy
Establish a baseline to measure future progress towards our mission
Measure and quantify the ecosystem services derived from the urban forest

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Charlotte Public Tree Fund seeks to reclaim title of City of Trees; Charlotte, NC

The Charlotte Public Tree Fund- Preserving Our Urban Forest Natural Awakenings Magazine Charlotte: Besides being beautiful to look at and fun to climb, trees are a valuable asset to a city, requiring care and maintenance like other public property. Just as sidewalks, streets and buildings are part of a city’s infrastructure, so are trees. They work 24 hours a day to enhance the environment and our quality of life.
Once known as “The City of Trees,” Charlotte is now losing trees at a dramatic rate. According to the latest study of Mecklenburg County completed by American Forests, Inc., between 1985 and 2008 the county lost 33% of tree canopy, 2.8% of open space, and increased urban/impervious areas (roads, parking lots, buildings) by 60%. Lost air quality benefits resulting from this land cover change is $8,739,909.00 annually. Increased costs to manage storm water resulting from this change are $50,093,674.00.
The Charlotte Public Tree Fund (CPTF) strives to save and plant more trees to reduce the negative impacts of these changes.

Casey Trees and Garden Clubs of America co-fund urban forestry research by Indiana University doctoral student

SPEA Doctoral Student Receives Urban Forestry Fellowship:
SPEA doctoral student Sarah Mincey recently received the prestigious Garden Club of America Fellowship in Urban Forestry, which will support her research with an award of $4,000.
Mincey received the award for her proposal on studying Bloomington’s urban tree canopy – specifically, how institutional forces in urban areas influence outcomes at the individual property level. By examining how these institutional forces incentivize or sanction actors to take specific action, Mincey hopes to identify which institutional arrangements affect the urban tree canopy, as well as address how the canopy varies between and within municipal sub-regions.

The Garden Club of America Fellowship, co-funded by Casey Trees in Washington, D.C., aims to advance knowledge of urban forests and increase the number of scientists in the field of urban forestry. Winners were selected by a committee of practicing urban forestry scientists at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mechanicsburg plans to plant trees Saturday; Mechanicsburg, PA

The Sentinel Online : News : Local : Mechanicsburg plans to plant trees Saturday:
To continue their ongoing “green” efforts, Mechanicsburg will hold a community tree planting on Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Koser Park.
During the “TreeVitalize” event, volunteers will be planting 40 trees in the park with the goal of increasing the urban tree canopy in the borough.
The tree-planting project is being organized by the Borough Environmental Advisory Council and the Shade Tree Commission, in addition to volunteers from the Mechanicsburg Area Recreation Office Environmental Clubs.

Trees for Cities calls for candidates to commit to increase urban tree canopy by 10 percent over next 40 years; London, UK

Tree Charity Manifesto Calls On Parties For Investment In Urban Future:
Independent charity Trees for Cities has called for a commitment from candidates at the general election to a ten percent increase in the urban tree canopy over the next forty years.

Environmental deprivation and lack of contact with nature is at the heart of many of the socio-economic problems faced by our deprived urban communities today, particularly the young. In addition, it is well documented that the effects of climate change will disproportionately hit these communities because they haven’t the protection of adequate green cover and access to green areas.

The urban tree planting charity Trees for Cities' 2010 manifesto is calling on political parties to make investment in urban spaces now to ameliorate problems of the future.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Cazenovia: Tree City USA?; Cazenovia, NY

Cazenovia: Tree City USA? Madison County Courier-Madison County News:
The village of Cazenovia doesn’t have the designation “Tree City USA,” but should it? The Village Tree Commission, founded in 2007, thinks so, and if the crowd of 54 attending a recent Commission-hosted event is any indication, the public thinks so, too.
On Saturday, March 27, the Cazenovia Village Tree Commission held its first seasonal public presentation at the Cazenovia Library Community Room, titled “Rebuilding Cazenovia’s Tree Canopy.” There will be more, and the public is urged to be looking for them. The all-volunteer committee charter reads:
The residents of Cazenovia consider trees as an important community asset contributing to the scenic beauty, health and environment of Cazenovia. The Cazenovia Tree Commission has been established to preserve, protect and enhance this resource.
In working toward the Tree City designation, an inventory is required, and through using the cooperative mode of the CVTC, Cornell University undergraduate students carried out such an inventory. The study identified more than 1,200 spaces where trees could be incorporated into the village landscape, with approximately 77 percent actually having trees.

DAR members win Tree Stewardship Award; Albany, GA

DAR members win Tree Stewardship Award - News, Weather and Sports for Albany, Valdosta and Thomasville. Leading the way for South Georgia. 
Albany - Dr. Kay Kirkman, Chairman of the Albany Tree Board, presented Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful's (KADB) coveted Tree Stewardship Award to the three Albany Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chapters during the Albany City Commission meeting on April 6, 2010.
The award is given annually to a local business, individual or organization in recognition of outstanding contributions to protect, preserve and enhance the urban tree canopy of Albany and Dougherty County.

Research - Estimating the Demand for Tree Canopy: A Second-Stage Hedonic Price Analysis in Portland, Oregon - Netusil et al. 86 (2): 281 -- Land Economics

Estimating the Demand for Tree Canopy: A Second-Stage Hedonic Price Analysis in Portland, Oregon -- Netusil et al. 86 (2): 281 -- Land Economics:
The benefits of large patches of tree canopy are estimated by applying a hedonic price model to the sale of single-family residential properties in Portland, Oregon. The first-stage analysis provides evidence of diminishing returns from increasing tree canopy past a certain level. The second-stage analysis uses a survey of property owners’ preferences and socioeconomic characteristics to overcome the problem of endogeneity. Average benefit estimates for the mean canopy cover within mile of properties in the study area, using the second-stage model, are between 0.75% and 2.52% of the mean sale price. (JEL Q21, Q51)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

City of Boston announces a variety of Arbor Day and Earth Day volunteer opportunities and activities; Boston, MA

City Announces Earth and Arbor Day Events - City of Boston:
The City of Boston will be dedicating three days in April to the celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day 2010.
“We welcome Bostonians of all ages to join us during April school vacation week for events ranging from woodland plantings to the excitement of watching tree care professionals compete in a climbing contest,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “These celebrations invite people to take part in the greening of our city while learning valuable lessons in sustainability and stewardship.”

City of Oakdale issues Urban Forestry Management Plan; Oakdale, MN

City of Oakdale Urban Forestry Management Plan

The purpose of the Urban Forestry Management Plan is to protect, improve, and preserve the city’s urban forest and to optimize the benefits of trees by envisioning and enabling an integrated and sustainable approach to preserving and enhancing the city’s urban forest resources, and to recommend direction and actions for the city to take to reach the objectives in the next ten to twenty years.

Minneapolis residents qualify for cheap trees; Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN

Minneapolis residents qualify for cheap trees - Minneapolis / St. Paul News - The Blotter:
If your yard is looking a little too naked or you're already sick of all that sun in your eyes, don't miss your chance to purchase a cheap tree for your property. Minneapolis has partnered with Tree Trust to provide 1,000 trees to residents for a reduced price. As of today, there are about 500 trees left.
There are six to choose from and the tree will cost you $25. The trees would sell for up to $150 at a retailer. All orders must be made by April 16 (or while supplies last) and residents have to pick up the trees May 8-10 at the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
Tracie Huhn, Tree Trust director of development, says their mission is to increase the urban tree canopy and give residents a chance to improve the environment.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Factsheet: University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Cities recognizes role of urban tree canopy in heat island reduction

Large, densely populated, and bustling with activity, cities are the cultural and economic centers of the U.S., providing employment, leisure, and educational opportunities. The flow of energy and resources moving in and out of cities to support their population and infrastructure is vast. However, there is increasing attention on the environmental impacts of cities, and the significant opportunity for reducing the impact of the built environment and improving the livelihoods of urban residents.

􀂃 Approximately 81.4% of the U.S. population lives in urban areas - an increase of 26.8% from 1950. By 2050, 90.4% of the U.S. population and 70% of the world population is projected to live in urban areas.

􀂃 Over 260 urban areas in the U.S. have populations of over 100,000. New York City, with 8.3 million inhabitants, is the largest.

Research: Comparison of Community Leader Perceptions on Urban Forests in South Florida; University of Florida

FOR230/FR292: Comparison of Community Leader Perceptions on Urban Forests in South Florida:
An urban forest is composed of all the trees and associated understory plants growing in urban areas, including streets, yards, parking lot islands, parks, rights-of-way and other natural areas within the urban environment. Research has shown that urban forests provide many benefits to city dwellers including temperature and energy use reduction, improvement of air and water quality, reduced crime and improved aesthetics, all of which can increase property values (Escobedo and others 2008). However, the preservation and maintenance of urban forests costs money, and the costs must be planned and budgeted for (Escobedo and Seitz 2009). To create, maintain, and preserve urban forests, it is important that urban foresters, arborists, planners, and land managers who deal with trees understand what residents, community leaders and decision makers think about trees, including how much they value them. This fact sheet will compare the results from a survey conducted in Broward and Hillsborough Counties in Florida. We will share initial insights into one group of community leaders' perceptions and beliefs regarding urban trees in Florida and beyond.

Letter: Sunrise Grove amendment would ensure protection of tree canopy on Martin Grade; Palm City, FL

Letter: Sunrise Grove amendment would ensure protection of tree canopy on Martin Grade » Mobile:
My long-term dream has been to protect the tree canopy on Martin Grade. A while back, Rich Campbell wrote a column about the proposed Sunrise Grove comprehensive plan amendment, which is intended to create an agricultural-technological employment center in western Palm City just south of Tradition. Campbell asked whether it would help or hurt our efforts.
I met with Sunrise Grove representatives and they agreed that the scenic beauty of the Martin Grade is an irreplaceable asset to our community. We brainstormed ways they could help protect the trees and, following on those discussions, I submitted proposed changes to the Sunrise Grove amendment to the county.