Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ready for a SLAM? Tune in to the Slow Ash Mortality seminar on June 2

Welcome to the BYGL Newsletter

When it comes to EAB and ash trees, everyone agrees that something needs to be done besides standing back and watching the trees die. It is this reasoning that has created a research program referred to as SLAM - Slow Ash Mortality. Applying the SLAM approach will not eradicate EAB, nor will it eliminate ash tree mortality. Rather, the goal of the program is to slow the local invasion process and allow land managers time to be proactive rather than simply reacting to the overwhelming numbers of dead, and often hazardous trees.
To learn more about SLAM, including steps to implement the strategy to SLow Ash Mortality, tune into the Emerald Ash Borer University (EABU) on Thursday, June 2, 2011. The webinar will begin at 11:00 a.m. EST, and last approximately 1 hour.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Arborist provides first responders with the tools and skills they need, rescues trapped glider pilot hung up in trees - Freehold, NY

Part-time tree cutter rescues trapped glider pilot - FOX23 News - The 10 O'Clock News

Rescue crews in Freehold, New York had to call in a professional tree cutter to help rescue a glider pilot stuck upside down, high atop a group of trees near the airport for hours.

When fire and police officials initially showed up to assess the situation, a storm was brewing nearby, the wind was starting to pick-up, and first responders didn't have the right equipment.

But thanks to a brave tree cutter, it was still a happy Memorial Day weekend for an experienced 60-year-old pilot in a very precarious situation.

The pilot's wife Donna Laitinen says she even had a chance to talk with her husband by cell phone while he was stuck in the trees for about 3 hours.

Landmark oak tree cut down at Ross School - Marin, CA

Landmark oak tree cut down at Ross School - Marin Independent Journal

As Ross grapples with the fallout from its demolished one-room schoolhouse, the town had another piece of history disappear Saturday — the stately oak tree in front of Ross School.

Lagunitas Road was closed outside the school so a crew could cut down the dying valley oak, whose age has been estimated at 150 to 200 years. A cross-section of the oak will be saved for students to count the rings, said Jon Logiudice, a tree specialist who was overseeing the operation.

The tree's fate was sealed this month after Becky Duckles, a certified arborist hired by the school district to monitor construction work at Ross School, issued a report saying the oak was dead or dying and had probably been dying for five to seven years.

"It must be removed soon to protect the children from falling branches," Duckles reported.

Among those dismayed by the tree's demise were Mayor Chris Martin and his wife B.J., who are active with the Ross Street Tree Committee. For the mayor, the tree's death has prompted a new fact-finding project.

Volunteers care for delicate WNY trees - Buffalo, NY

Volunteers care for delicate WNY trees | WIVB.com

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - There's no rest for these volunteers on this holiday weekend. They're donating their time to care for delicate trees that took a beating throughout this rough Western New York winter.

Paul Maurer of Re-Tree WNY said, "We're going to go along and re-stake the trees, make sure they're in good shape and put some more top soil on, and generally make it look great, like it already has started to look great on South Park Avenue in South Buffalo."

Re-Tree WNY joined with Keep WNY Beautiful to create a Spring cleaning army of almost 30 strong. And they're not just focusing on flora. A two mile stretch of South Park Ave. between Ridge Road and Bailey Avenue recently underwent a $2.5 million dollar revitalization project to improve the quality of life in South Buffalo, and now these residents are trying to keep it all looking tidy.

More than 500 dead trees removed in Bozeman after cold snap; replacements, vouchers available - Bozeman, MT

More than 500 dead trees removed in Bozeman after cold snap; replacements, vouchers available

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Workers in Bozeman have removed more than 500 dead trees so far this spring that failed to recover from a cold snap, and officials are replanting trees in some areas while also offering homeowners $100 replacement tree vouchers.

City Forester Ryon Stover said the trees died as a result of an October 2009 cold snap that saw temperatures plummet from 80 degrees to below zero in about a week.

"We waited the better part of a year to see if the trees would come back, but they didn't," Stover told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. "We are replanting some and also have a tree replacement program."

He said most of the dead trees are green ash with 4- to 10-inch diameters, and that four full-time arborists have been removing the dead trees from all over town.

Pinus And Eucalyptus Trees Replaced With Native Species Under Indigenous Tree Canopy Programme -Sri Lanka

Pinus And Eucalyptus Trees Replaced While Elephants Are Renamed For Respect | The Sunday Leader

Identifying the serious impact on watershed/ catchment areas, the Ministry of Environment has launched a programme to replace eucalyptus and pinus cultivations with endemic plants under the Indigenous Tree Canopy Programme (Hela Thuru Viyana).

Barringtonia acutangul, Wal Aliya now known as Wana Aliya and S M Chandrasena
Minister of Environment Anura Priydharshana Yapa in response to a question for oral answers revealed that  the Indigenous Tree Canopy Programme has already replaced eucalyptus and pinus cultivations in 241.4 hectares (596.26 acres) with endemic plant species including hora (Dipterocarpus zeylanicas), pelan (Kurrima zeylanica – celastraceae), lunumidella (Barringtonia acutangula), mahogany and pihimbiya.

Covington named Tree City USA for 17th consecutive year - Covington, LA

News : Covington named Tree City USA : St. Tammany, LA

For the 17th consecutive year, the Arbor Day Foundation has named Covington a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry.

The program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

To quality, the city has to have four standards: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance; a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

From moss-laden oak trees in the middle of the street to magnolias, river oaks, crepe myrtles, and pines, trees can be found everywhere in Covington, named a Tree City USA community for the 17th consecutive year by the Arbor Day Foundation. (Staff Photo by Debbie Glover)

In fact, Covington has a tree ordinance and requires a permit to cut down a tree.

There are a lot of trees in the city, including the parks and residential areas as well as streetscapes.

“We commend Covington’s elected officials, volunteers and its citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees provide numerous environmental, economical and health benefits to millions of people each day, and we applaud communities that make planting and caring for trees a top priority.”

Efforts to restore chestnut trees taking root - Louisville, KY

Efforts to restore chestnut trees taking root - Westport News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Years of efforts to restore American chestnut trees are finally taking root in the Louisville area and across the country.

Nuts from a research farm in Virginia that were bred over 28 years to be blight resistant were planted at public and private sites in the Louisville area this year, according to The Courier-Journal.

Also, members of the Kentucky chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation are breeding offspring of the state's 20 surviving trees for blight resistance and research, the Louisville newspaper reported. An orchard in Oldham County is expected to bear nuts this fall for the first time.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Albemarle Road church fined $100 per branch for excessive tree pruning - Charlotte, NC

Albemarle Road church fined $100 per branch for excessive tree pruning | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

Every two to three years, Eddie Sales trims and prunes the crape myrtles at his church, Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church.

But this year, the city of Charlotte cited the church for improperly pruning its trees.

"We always keep our trees trimmed back because you don't want to worry about them hanging down in the way," said Sales, a church member.

The church was fined $100 per branch cut for excessive pruning, bringing the violation to $4,000.

Want Info on Statewide Tree Canopy Trends in GA? UGA Natural Resources Spatial Analysis Lab has the answers

Statewide Tree Canopy Trends | Natural Resources Spatial Analysis Lab

State, federal agriculture officials tracking a destructive tree bug - PA

State, federal agriculture officials tracking a destructive tree bug - dailylocal.com

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a Memorial Day weekend alert regarding a bug that is notorious for killing ash trees across the country and has been found in Pennsylvania.

The emerald ash borer beetle is an invasive species that has destroyed tens of millions of ash tress nationwide.

Federal and state agencies are working together to combat the beetle that hitchhikes to new places on cut wood.

The beetle's larvae damage trees by eating the wood under the bark, officials say.

What is that purple box hanging up in that tree? - Skaneateles, NY

What is that purple box hanging up in that tree? | syracuse.com

Skaneateles, NY -- So what’s with the highly visible, purple box hanging high up on a tree along Route 321?

It’s an emerald ash borer trap, one of more than 150 scheduled to be put up in Onondaga County by contractors working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of a joint federal/state effort. A total of 6,400 traps are being put up this spring in 45 counties across the state.
Is the nasty, ash tree-destroying bug in these parts? “It has not been confirmed ... that’s why the traps are up,” said Richard Pancoe, a supervising forester working out of the DEC’s Cortland office.

Tree warden ruling presents new challenge for MISA - Greenwich, CT

Tree warden ruling presents new challenge for MISA - GreenwichTime

The Board of Education must fulfill four specific conditions before 121 trees can be removed from the Greenwich High School property to make way for the school's music instruction space and auditorium renovation project, the town's tree warden ruled Friday afternoon.

"My decision is not to remove these 121 trees UNLESS the Board of Education agrees to a binding agreement which requires that the following stipulations and conditions are met," Tree Warden Bruce Spaman wrote.

Emerald city: Ash borer’s arrival jeopardizes Joliet trees - Joliet, IL

Emerald city: Ash borer’s arrival jeopardizes Joliet trees - Herald News

JOLIET — The emerald ash borer has been officially discovered in Joliet, meaning the future of thousands of ash trees in the city is not bright.

The Asian beetle has destroyed millions of U.S. ash trees since first being detected in 2002 in southeastern Michigan.

Now it’s Joliet’s turn.

“We’ve tried to let the people know that its coming,” said Jim Teiber, the Joliet city arborist, while standing next to an infested ash tree near Black Road and Dawes Avenue.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Prince George's residents air complaints to Pepco - Prince George' s County, MD

Prince George's residents air complaints to Pepco

Upset residents, elected officials and executives with the Pepco power company continued their debate over how to prevent frequent and prolonged power outages in the area while still keeping their communities green.
Prince George's County task force members commissioned by Pepco to get recommendations on how to improve electric service met at the College Park Town Hall on Wednesday. Another meeting is scheduled for early June in the Fort Washington area.

For more than a year, the company has faced intense criticism for leaving hundreds of thousands of residents without power for days after bad weather. Major outages occurred during a heavy snowstorm in January and throughout last summer after intense, windy showers.

Tree-trimming practices hated but effective - Nashville, TN

The Nashville Ledger

If you haven’t been a victim yourself, chances are you know someone who has. And while it’s not criminal, many Davidson Country residents view Nashville Electric Services’ tree-trimming practices as a crime against nature.
-- Photo By Lyle Graves
“I was watching them cut these four little trees across the street from us, and they just butchered them,” says Diane Sussman, vice president of Richland-West End Neighborhood Association. “I voiced my opinion with the men who were the cutters, but none of them spoke English and they didn’t really care about my feelings of the matter.”

Researcher finds relationship between increase in big trees and reduction in crime rate - Portland, OR

Geoffrey Donovan researches trees and crime

"People have an intuitive sense that trees are good things," Geoffrey Donovan said. "Being a soulless economist, I like to quantify things. 'Trees are nice' isn't a very useful statement. You need to know how nice and in what sorts of circumstances."

Donovan, who works for the U.S. Forest Service in Portland, Ore., is trying to measure how urban trees affect the quality of life. He has looked for correlations between tree-canopy cover and the risk of premature births, and is studying the role of trees in managing storm-water runoff. The article that has received the most attention, though, deals with the effect of trees on crime in Portland. Co-authored with Forest Service colleague Jeffrey Prestemon, it was published last fall in the journal Environment and Behavior.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/26/HOGT1J2D5D.DTL#ixzz1NYFnlZgF

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Lone pine may be seed of forest's rebirth - MORIOKA, Iwate Prefecture, Japan

Lone pine may be seed of forest's rebirth - Environment - MiamiHerald.com

MORIOKA, Iwate Prefecture, Japan -- The terrifying force of the March 11 tsunami left only one tree standing from a forest of 70,000 in Rikuzen-Takata, Iwate Prefecture. Today, scientists are using that same tree in their efforts to bring back one of the nation's most beautiful sights.

The Takata Matsubara forest was designated a scenic beauty spot, and before the disaster was one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iwate Prefecture. About 70,000 red and black pines grew on a 2-kilometer-long stretch of beach.

Only one tree, estimated to be from 270 to 280 years old, survived the tsunami. It has been a great emotional support to residents, who have dubbed it "kiseki no ippon matsu" (the miraculous lone pine tree).

However, members of the Takata Matsubara Protection Society are concerned the remaining tree might not survive due to excess salinity in the groundwater, as the tsunami eroded much of the beach, leaving the tree about 10 meters from the sea.

Crafton Borough, Residents Debate Removal Of Large Fallen Tree - Who Pays? Crafton, PA

Crafton Borough, Residents Debate Removal Of Large Tree - Allegheny County News Story - WTAE Pittsburgh

CRAFTON, Pa. -- A large tree that came down in Crafton is at the center of a debate between the borough and residents about who will pick up the tab to remove it.
The tree was on public land but toppled into a private yard during storms on Monday night.
Hardy Street resident Jason Williams told Channel 4 Action News that he was home sleeping when the tree collapsed.
"If it fell any other way, I would have been gone," he said.
Williams said he contacted his insurance company about removing the tree the following morning.
"Obviously, they're going to cover the roof and everything else. It's just the removal of the tree. We don't know who is going to be responsible for it," said Williams.

Did UFO hovering over Virginia home kill pine trees? Well, what else could it have been? Undisclosed, VA

Did UFO hovering over Virginia home kill pine trees? - National ufo | Examiner.com

A Virginia witness is considering the idea that a UFO hovering over the house two weeks ago might have killed a group of healthy pine trees on the property after a late night encounter, according to May 25, 2011, testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness testimony database.
The witness was up late after dental surgery when a buzzing or humming sound was heard outside.
"At first I thought it was coming from outside, an airplane maybe," the witness stated. "But after a few seconds I realized it was in my head. It sounded like a microwave oven, but without the heat. I couldn't move even though I was fully awake. My entire skull was vibrating. It wasn't unpleasant, just weird."
The sound eventually stopped, and the witness got up to check on the house. The witness then heard a sound coming from the roof.
Continue reading on Examiner.com Did UFO hovering over Virginia home kill pine trees? - National ufo | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/ufo-in-national/did-ufo-hovering-over-virginia-home-kill-pine-trees#ixzz1NTg5KlhM

Wasps go urban in tree pest war - Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Wasps go urban in tree pest war | StarTribune.com

A new type of wasp is about to arrive in the Twin Cities. But it won't sting you. In fact, it's here to help.
Several thousand Chinese wasps will be released at five locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul the week of June 6 in hopes that they'll help stop the spread of the emerald ash borer, an insect threatening about a half million trees in the Twin Cities and nearly 1 billion statewide.
The wasps, some smaller than 1/8 inch, have long kept the emerald ash borer in check in China, where both are native. But they're only beginning to be used in the U.S., where the emerald ash borer wasn't even identified until 2002, after it had already killed millions of trees in Michigan, Ohio and Ontario. Their use has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Man accused of poisoning Toomer’s Corner pleads insanity - Opelika, AL

Man accused of poisoning Toomer’s Corner pleads not guilty at hearing | CollegeFootballTalk

Harvey Updyke, the man accused of poisoning the trees at Auburn’s Toomer’s Corner, has pleaded not guilty to state charges for reasons of (snicker) “mental disease or defect.”
Updyke’s lawyer, Glennon Threatt Jr., also said the preliminary hearing set for May 26 has been waived due to a procedure on Updyke’s back that prevented him from traveling.
Updyke did not receive federal charges, but was indicted by a Lee Co. (AL) jury last week on  two felony counts of first-degree criminal mischief, two felony counts for unlawful damage, vandalism or theft of property from a farm animal or crop facility and two misdemeanor counts of desecrating a venerated object.

"Granny" watch: Should SFPUC pay to move Granny oak for line upgrades? Menlo Park, CA

Almanac Online : Neighbors and SFPUC: Move oak tree?

Granny might have to move. Tree advocates and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission officials met Tuesday to discuss how to save the 65-foot-tall heritage oak tree standing in the way of the Hetch Hetchy pipeline. 

The centuries-old oak sits in the middle of a site at 827 15th Avenue in North Fair Oaks that's designated for a pipeline meant to carry water from the Hetch Hetchy as part of a $4.6 billion seismic improvement project.

Granny almost came down earlier this month on short notice. But after the neighborhood organized a protest, the SFPUC ensconced the tree within an "avoidance area" and directed its contractor, Mountain Cascade, to stop work within that boundary for now.

Mediated by a liaison from Supervisor Rose Jacobs-Gibson's staff, the May 24 meeting proceeded after a squabble over whether the press, which had been invited by the tree's advocates, would be allowed to attend what was ostensibly a public meeting.

How will the City of Philadelphia determine where to plant 300,000 trees by 2015? find out on June 8th - Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Urban Tree Canopy Assessment Wednesday, June 8, 7:00 p.m. — NewsWorks

Date:June 8, 2011
7:00 pm
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Urban Tree Canopy Assessment
Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 7:00 pm
Falls of Schuylkill Library - 3501 Warden Drive
How will the City of Philadelphia determine where to plant 300,000 trees by 2015?
Sarah Low, Restoration Specialist, ENvironment, Stewardhip & Education Division, PPR, will explain how billions of laser points using LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) resulted in a 3-Dimensional image of the City. Ms. Low will address the tree canopy in East Falls and how homeowners can help Philadelphia, William Penn's "greene country towne," achieve its goal of a 30% canopy cover citywide. Presented by the East Falls Tree Tenders.
Questions: Contact Cynthia Kishinchand at (215) 849-2474 or email crk3114@msn.com

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Deadlier than Dutch Elm: U.S. Trees Stricken by a Plague of Ash Borers

Deadlier than Dutch Elm: U.S. Trees Stricken by a Plague of Ash Borers - TIME

To walk down a street in a town such as Midland, Michigan these days is to witness mass carnage — ash trees, long a favorite of city arborists for their tall silhouettes and abundant foliage, have been cut to the quick, leaving nothing but row upon row of stumps and a scattering of sawdust behind. A voracious beetle known as the Emerald Ash Borer, first discovered in Detroit in 2002, has been gradually spreading, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The infestation has already killed some 60 million ash trees in fifteen states as far east as New York, which just launched an ash borer awareness program, and as far south as Tennessee. The toll of dead trees will likely surpass those felled Dutch Elm disease by the end of this year. "It is now the most destructive forest insect ever to invade North America," says Deb McCullough, an entomologist at Michigan State University. "We literally cannot keep up with it."

Citizens committee takes steps to save Cherokee Triangle's ash trees from beetles - Louisville, KY

Citizens committee takes steps to save Cherokee Triangle's ash trees from beetles | The Courier-Journal | courier-journal.com

Monica Orr of the Cherokee Triangle compares the invasion of the dreaded emerald ash borer tree beetle to a curtain descending.
“Nobody is spared,” said Orr, a member of the Cherokee Triangle Association's tree committee. “It's very depressing.”
Orr and other committee members are working to preserve, protect and restore the historic neighborhood's lush tree canopy, and they're paying particular attention to ash trees — which are vulnerable to damage and destruction by the tiny beetles.
The neighborhood started the effort initially to address damage from the 2008 windstorm and 2009 ice storm, as well as the loss of trees resulting from the natural aging process. Trees contribute to the area's character “just as much as the houses do,” tree committee member James Millar said.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

$500,000 Emission Trading Scheme bill to pay if Alexandra pines go - Otago, New Zealand

$500,000 ETS bill to pay if Alexandra pines go | Otago Daily Times Online News Keep Up to Date Local, National New Zealand & International News

The 24ha of pine trees at the northwest entrance to Alexandra were planted decades ago to hold the sandy soil in place, and their continuing presence also holds off a potential bill for $500,000 under the emissions trading scheme.

The Central Otago District Council owns 159.4ha of forests and, under the scheme, it will face a total bill of up to $2.1 million if all its blocks of pre-1990 forest are cleared and not replanted within four years. All but 24ha of the council's forestry was planted before 1990.
Three of the district's four community boards have met to consider the implications of the scheme. The Maniototo board decided to replant a 40ha block rather than face a potential bill of $373,160, and the Roxburgh board voted to maintain its 10ha forestry block rather than harvest and risk a bill of $146,433.

What Can a Tree Do for You? Ask Trees for Watertown and i-Tree Design - Watertown, MA

What Can a Tree Do for You? - Watertown, MA Patch

Besides providing pleasant shade in the summer and maybe a branch for a swing, what can a sugar maple tree do – along with producing huge piles of leaves?
Quite a lot, it turns out, from increasing the selling price of a house and lowering its energy bills, to creating a healthier, saner environment for adults and children, according the panelists at the event on May 19 hosted by Trees for Watertown called "What is a Tree Worth—for Citizens and Our Town?"
"We have the studies and surveys," said Ken Sheytanian, a lifelong Watertown resident, realtor, and Rotary Club member. "Two of the main curb appeals that people look for in a house is a tree-lined street and shade trees on the property. Trees raise the selling price of otherwise identical houses by as much as 20 percent."

Sidewalk project divides Ormond Beach property owners - Daytona Beach, FL

Sidewalk project divides Ormond Beach property owners - News

Historic oak trees could fall if the city proceeds with reconstruction of John Anderson Drive to solve flooding and safety issues.
But for now, the project -- which has been on the drawing board for several years and is two-thirds through a nearly $700,000 engineering design -- has been put on hold because residents are objecting to a potential loss of more than 100 trees from Granada Boulevard to Sandcastle Drive.
City Engineer John Noble said trees along the right of way, including 30 hardwoods and more than 70 palm trees, will be cut under the current design. A meandering sidewalk would avoid some trees if owners grant easements. Mitigation, requiring tree replacement elsewhere, is part of the plan, Noble said.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Historic Wilmington adds to its endangered list of homes - Wilmington, DE

Historic Wilmington adds to its endangered list of homes | StarNewsOnline.com

Market Street's oaks provided the setting – and a leading topic – for the Historic Wilmington Foundation's announcement Monday of its 2011 list of Most Threatened Historic Places in the region.

The Market Street “majestic tree canopy” between 17th and 21st streets is a new addition to the list, which was presented by Jeffrey Crow, deputy secretary of the N.C. Office of Archives and History.

It's an “imposing arboreal entrance which contributes to the community's charm and sense of place,” Crow said, reading from a press release. “Their benefits will be lost unless the community is proactive in planning and planting enduring replacements.”

“The beloved octogenarian oaks lining Market Street… have suffered over the decades from traffic injuries and organic threats including heart rot,” according to the press release.

In Chicago, prep under way for wet, steamy future - Chicago, IL

In Chicago, prep under way for wet, steamy future

CHICAGO -- The Windy City is preparing for a heat wave - a permanent one.

Climate scientists have told city planners that, based on current trends, Chicago will feel more like Baton Rouge than a Northern metropolis before the end of this century.

So, Chicago is getting ready for a wetter, steamier future. Public alleyways are being repaved with materials that are permeable to water. The white oak, the state tree of Illinois, has been banned from planting lists, and swamp oaks and sweet gum trees from the South have been given new priority. Thermal radar is being used to map the city's hottest spots, which are then targets for pavement removal as well as the addition of vegetation to the roofs. And air-conditioners are being considered for all 750 public schools, which until now have been heated but rarely cooled.

Study to find right way of harvesting frankincense tree - Oman


For second consecutive year, HSBC Oman has renewed its partnership with the Environment Society of Oman (ESO) for the implementation of a four-year innovative scientific research project on frankincense. It is headed by researcher and ESO Board Member Dr Mohsin Al Aamery.

With preliminary findings indicating that the manner in which trees are tapped to harvest frankincense can lead to degeneration beyond repair, the study aims to determine the right frequency of cutting to retrieve a good yield without harming the trees.

It will also address the potential impacts of climate change on the growth pattern of frankincense trees. Concrete findings and recommendations to ensure the sustainability of frankincense farming, a primary source of Dhofar’s livelihood, will then be disseminated to farmers, relevant government authorities and the local community for implementation.

Tornado hits northern Minneapolis and causes significant damage; 1 killed, 18 injured - Minneapolis, MN

Tornado hits northern Minneapolis and causes significant damage; 1 killed, 18 injured - The Washington Post

MINNEAPOLIS — At least one person died when a tornado hit Minneapolis on Sunday, damaging scores of homes, toppling hundreds of trees and leaving 18 people with minor injuries.

City spokeswoman Sara Dietrich said the death was confirmed by the Hennepin County medical examiner. She had no other immediate details.

Tornado warnings and watches had been issued Sunday evening throughout parts of the central U.S. In Missouri, authorities said a tornado hit a Joplin hospital and caused the roofs of two city fire stations to collapse. Jasper County Emergency Management Director Keith Stammer said a tornado hit the St. John’s Regional Medical Center and that there are multiple reports of injuries.

State of Wisconsin working to stop spread of EAB

State working to stop spread of EAB

They may be smaller than a penny, but they can devastate forests.

The Emerald Ash Borer, or EAB, attacks all species of North American Ash trees. That includes more than 765 million trees right here in Wisconsin.
But officials are working to control the pest, and keep it from spreading.
They hope to spread awareness as we head into Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week.

Climate change beyond denial and planting trees won't cut it - Climate Commission report, Australia

Climate change beyond denial and planting trees won't cut it - Climate Commission report | News.com.au

Scientist say in the report climate change cannot be denied, and carbon offsetting is not enough to stop it.

"The biological world is changing in response to a warming world," says the report, The Critical Decade: Climate Science Risks and Responses.

"Human activities - the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation - are triggering the changes we are witnessing in the global climate."

"The atmosphere is warming, the ocean is warming, ice is being lost from glaciers and ice caps, and sea levels are rising."
The problems are so critical, the report says, Australia must "decarbonise our economy" and move to clean energy sources by 2050, and if steps aren't launched soon, "we will struggle to maintain our present way of life".

The report also is highly critical of climate change sceptics, whom it claimed were intimidating climate scientists and confusing the public.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national/climate-commissions-first-report-says-warming-is-beyond-denial-and-planting-trees-wont-cut-it/story-e6frfkvr-1226060763269#ixzz1NBzIkt2t

High school arborists-in-training compete in tree-climbing jamboree for 16th straight year - Fall River, MA

Dighton's Bristol Aggie students reach new heights at tree-climbing jamboree - Fall River, MA - The Herald News

For Tyler Perry, Bristol County Agricultural High School’s annual Tree Climbing Jamboree is more than just an entertaining challenge: It’s given him a leg up to full-time employment.

“I wouldn’t know half the stuff I do now and gotten the job,” if not for the hands-on, tree-climbing competition, said Perry, who is about to graduate from the school’s department of arboriculture program.

Perry, 18, said he’s already landed a full-time job with a professional landscaper and credits the jamboree for testing his mettle in a real-world setting of trees and branches.

“Absolutely, it’s challenging,” he said.

Friday marked the Tree Climbing Jamboree’s 16th year. A total of 26 students from all four grades competed against the clock in a quartet of categories involving work-climb tree-level tasks, “blade speed” harness climbing, footlock rope ascent and throwline tossing.

Read more: http://www.heraldnews.com/news/education/x1950127193/Dightons-Bristol-Aggie-students-reach-new-heights-at-tree-climbing-jamboree#ixzz1NBx0SXQe

Inmates' skill in billion tree campaign earns him "living-out" privileges - Manila, Phillipines

'Leviste's VIP privileges due to tree planting skills' | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features

The acting chief of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on Monday said there are no clear rules on the granting of "living-out status" to New Bilibid Prison (NBP) inmates that would allow them to live outside the minimum security compound but not outside the prison.

Acting BuCor chief Teodora Diaz said the granting of living out status to prisoners is determined by the prison superintendents on a case-to-case basis.

She said prisoners can be granted living out privilege if they are classified as minimum security, are considered low risk, and if there is a custodial officer charged with the responsibility of the prisoner's whereabouts.

In the case of former Batangas Governor Antonio Leviste, he was even granted sleeping-out status - which meant he could stay in a nipa hut he had built inside the prison - because he had started a billion tree program inside the NBP. Sleep-out status is only granted to skilled prisoners.

Minneapolis uses satellite imagery to track a valuable resource: trees - Minneapolis, MN

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Minneapolis uses satellite imagery to track a valuable resource: trees

From QuickBird’s perch — in an orbit roughly 280 miles above the earth’s surface — Minneapolis in June looks awfully green.

That high-resolution imaging satellite was just one of the high-tech tools a team from the University of Minnesota used to produce the most detailed map ever of the city’s urban canopy. We now know trees shade about 31.5 percent of the city, and that number will serve as the new benchmark for Minneapolis as it plans new investments in its urban forest and devises strategies to protect it.

“That’s the whole goal here: Can we grow the canopy?” said project coordinator June Mathiowetz.

American chestnut's revival is taking root in Louisville, KY

American chestnut's revival is taking root in Louisville | The Courier-Journal | courier-journal.com

This time of year a century ago, Kentucky ridges would have looked almost snowy with blooms from the American chestnut tree.
It's a sight local volunteers want future generations to see again.
American chestnuts — massive hardwoods highly prized for their timber, tannin and nuts — were all but lost a half-century ago to an Asian blight that killed 4 billion of them, decimating 25 percent of the Eastern U.S. tree canopy.
But years of efforts to restore the American chestnut are finally taking root across the country — and in the Louisville area.
Nuts from a major research farm in Virginia that were bred over 28 years to be blight resistant were planted at public and private sites in the Louisville area this year. Only a limited number of nuts were available.
Also, members of the Kentucky chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation are breeding offspring of the state's 20 surviving trees for blight resistance and research. An orchard in Oldham County is expected to bear nuts this fall for the first time.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tree climbers compete at Utah competition - American Fork, UT

Tree climbers compete at Utah competition

American Fork's downtown Robinson Park turned into a mini jungle canopy, with dozens of people climbing the trees on Saturday.

It was the 17th annual Tree Climbing Championship, put on by the Utah Community Forest Council/International Society of Arboriculture, featuring some of the best tree climbers in the state. The overall winner of the event will participate in the International Tree Climb Competition on July 23 and 24 in Sydney, Australia.

Austin tree-cutting rules chopped - Austin, TX

Capitol Digest: Austin tree-cutting rules chopped; House gives early OK to Senate map

Austin, San Antonio tree-cutting rules chopped

Prodded by a private property rights argument, the Texas Senate voted Friday to block Austin and other cities from enforcing their tree-cutting ordinances outside their city limits.

The move was led by Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay.

On a 24-7 vote, the Senate let stand an earlier vote to amend House Bill 1665 — a bill dealing with public notice requirements near Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene — to prohibit cities such as Austin and San Antonio from enforcing their tree- and brush cover-protection restrictions in their extraterritorial jurisdictions. Those restrictions protect trees and ground cover from being clear-cut by developers.

City hopes House rules can save tree ordinance - San Antonio, TX

City hopes House rules can save tree ordinance - San Antonio Express-News

A bill that would nullify San Antonio's tree ordinance in the extraterritorial jurisdiction was approved by the Senate on Friday and is now headed to the House, where local legislators hope to kill it on a technicality.

Despite last-minute efforts by San Antonio Senators Leticia Van de Putte and Jeff Wentworth to strip an amendment offered by Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, that will also impact every other urban tree ordinance in the state, HB 1665 was passed on a 24-7 vote Friday afternoon.

Van de Putte and Wentworth argued on the Senate floor that the tree ordinance was vital to protect the mission at Camp Bullis and the Army's $2 billion investment in San Antonio. Clear-cutting of trees near the training facility forces the endangered golden-cheeked warbler to move to Army land, limiting its use for training, Van de Putte said.

Time running out to see Urban Forest Project banners on Pacific Avenue - Tacoma, WA

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If you haven't seen the tree-themed banners that are part of the Urban Forest Project Tacoma, you have until May 31 to view them hanging in the wild along Pacific Avenue as part of downtown Tacoma's urban jungle. Once the calendar strikes June, these art banners come down and get repurposed into one-of-a-kind messenger bags.

You can also go to http://www.ufp-tacoma.com to see the banner artwork and purchase T-shirts or posters with your favorite banner designs for $30 each. The messenger bags made out of the art banners will go on sale June 15, price to be determined. Proceeds from the sale of the T-shirts, posters and bags will go toward planting and maintaining trees in Tacoma.

The Urban Forest Project Tacoma is a community collaboration featuring nearly 100 tree-themed banners by local artists, designers and students to raise awareness of the importance of trees in the city while celebrating the city's vibrant creative community. The banners create a forest of thoughtful images amid the concrete and asphalt of Tacoma's urban landscape.

City Moves Ruby Lantern Palm Trees to Stop Tree/Utilty Line Conflict - Dana Point, CA

Dana Point Times - City Moves Ruby Lantern Palm Trees

One of five Canary Island Date Palms removed from Ruby Lantern sits atop a tree service truck. Four were scheduled to be replanted across the street and the other at Sycamore Creek Trail. Photo by Pantea Ommi Mohajer
On Tuesday a city-contracted tree service removed five Canary Island Date Palm trees from the Ruby Lantern Parkway and replanted them elsewhere.

City Parks Manager Brian McClure said that the move was necessary as the palms were located underneath SDG&E power lines and the utility routinely tops them for clearance.

Trees located in the public right of way are usually maintained by the city but SDG&E gave Dana Point notice in 2009 that in order to maintain a required clearance of 10 feet between the tops of the trees and power lines they would need to start “severely” trimming the palms.

“Trimming the palms in such a manner damages their health and leaves them susceptible to diseases such as pink bud rot and fusarium,” said McClure in an email. “As the palms to continue to grow, SDG&E will have to kill them in order to maintain their clearance. Given that the palms are worth an estimated $10,000 each, we began working with SDG&E on possible alternatives to topping the palm trees. The city had already looked at undergrounding the utility lines and that proved to be too costly an endeavor. Thus, we had SDG&E investigate the possibility of moving the lines. Unfortunately, the cost to move the line was roughly $500,000.”

Saturday, May 21, 2011

A Crowdsourced Tree Canopy - New Haven, CT

A Crowdsourced Tree Canopy - SeeClickFix

Here in the Elm City, the Yale Urban Resources Initiative (URI) and the City of New Haven are in the midst of a campaign that aims to restore a diminishing tree canopy, while simultaneously benefiting our community in countless ways. The Tree Haven 10k is an effort to plant 10,000 trees citywide by 2014. The URI website explains how accomplishing this ambitious goal is possible.

Achieving this vision of protecting and enhancing New Haven't tree canopy will require both a public and private participation, as residents control the largest percentage of the city's tree canopy. The TreeHaven 10K campaign aims to match 5,000 trees planted on public lands by GreenSkills interns with 5,000 trees planted on private land by homeowners and major institutions. Together, the goal of 10,000 trees is well within reach.

The URI also explains how by reducing stormwater runoff, improving air quality and public health, and lowering energy bills, street trees in New Haven currently save the city a whopping $4 million! Now imagine the savings once the Tree Haven 10k is complete by checking out the Tree Benefits Calculator powered by DC based NPO Casey Trees. The URI also provides a wealth of Tree Haven 10k tools where residents can log trees they've planted to count towards the 10k, request a tree to be planted for free in front of their home, figure out what tree would be best for them to plant and even see an up-to-date map of the New Haven tree canopy.

More ash trees found infested with Emerald Ash Borers — Lake Zurich, IL

More ash trees found infested with Emerald Ash Borers — Lake Zurich news, photos and events — TribLocal.com

Lake Zurich’s ash trees are being examined one at a time for Emerald Ash Borers, and arborists recently spotted more infested trees across town from where the bug was originally found.

“We were hoping it was confined,” said Village Arborist Shawn Walkington.

However, after an initial inspection found that about 30 trees infected by the bug in March at the Lake Zurich Manor subdivision, three more infected trees were found across town at Countryside East subdivision, Walkington said.

Village arborists are starting with parkway trees, and have been responding to homeowner’s requests to inspect trees that they think might have been infested by the green beetles.

Consumers Energy to start trimming trees in Summit Township - Summit, MI

Consumers Energy to start trimming trees in Summit Township | MLive.com

Some Summit Township residents might have their outdoor view changed this summer as Consumers Energy trims or removes trees along a 34-mile stretch that follows utility lines.

Jon Hall, a Consumers Energy spokesman, told the Summit Township board last week the utility is contacting homeowners about the tree-removal process.

Hall said the trees would start being trimmed or removed within six weeks. Consumers pays for the cost of tree removal.

Trees are the No. 1 cause of power outages and more than 25 percent of interruptions are blamed on trees, according to Consumers.

One of the areas to be targeted was Ackerson Lake, where there are about 80 to 90 trees per mile, Hall said.

Removing or trimming the trees can spark complaints from motorists, Hall said. Some of the trees can look untouched from one view but look devastated from another vantage. He said it’s not uncommon for motorists who pass by the trimmed trees to lodge complaints with the township.

Grayslake Honored For 17th Year As Tree City USA - Grayslake, IL

Grayslake Honored Again As Tree City USA - Grayslake, IL Patch

The Village of Grayslake was designated a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 17th consecutive year in recognition of its community forestry program.

“The Village is proud to have this designation as it recognizes the continued effort to promote the planting and preservation of trees in the community,” said Mayor Rhett Taylor in a press release. “The planting of trees improves Grayslake and air quality in the community.”

This designation is made possible, in part, by the Village’s environmental programs such as the Tree Reimbursement and Neighborhood Partnership Programs. In 2010, over 80 new trees were planted in Grayslake through the Tree Reimbursement Program.

Court to hear no-fault insurance case; Driver killed by tree; 'Question is where do you draw the line?' - Montreal, Canada

Court to hear no-fault insurance case

Canada's top court has agreed to hear an appeal by the city of Westmount over whether it can be sued for negligence in the death of a man crushed by a tree while driving down one of its streets.

The case, which represents the first time the Supreme Court will tackle Quebec's controversial no-fault insurance plan, could have far-reaching implications for how the province's automoblile-insurance board deals with accidents that are not really car accidents at all.

Gabriel Rossy, 27, was killed in August 2006 after a 100-year-old poplar tree on Côte des Neiges Rd. fell on his car during a severe windstorm. According to coroner Paul Dionne, the death was preventable: The tree that fell on Rossy was found to be 90 per cent rotten, and had been "dangerous" for at least one or two years.

Friday, May 20, 2011

There is strength to be found in troubled times; be like an oak - Paso Robles

There is strength to be found in troubled times - Phil Dirkx - SanLuisObispo.com

I measured it because I have a picture that was taken in 1956 of that very tree. Its trunk didn’t look much thicker than a mop handle.

That picture appears on a program for the dedication of Paso Robles’ “new” City Hall on March 24, 1956. It shows the single-story, stucco and brick City Hall and its front entryway, with the then-slender tree in a planter.

But today, that tree is indeed huge. It shades the spacious patio and seems at least as tall as the two-story city building. The patio’s park benches are under the tree’s canopy. All visitors can take shelter there from Paso’s baking summer sun.

That “new” 1956 city hall lasted almost 40 years. It was torn down and replaced in 1995 by the present Library/City Hall. But the tree remained.

City of Homes now city of trees; wins award for 25 years as a Tree City USA - Springfield, MA

City of Homes now city of trees - MassLive.com

Springfield was honored Wednesday for planting and protecting trees for the last 25 years.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno was presented the 25 Year Tree City award by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation during a ceremony at the Barney Carriage House in Forest Park.

The award recognized the dedication of city Forester Edward C. Casey and the city's long-term commitment to planting and preserving trees, Sarno said.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tree City: Santa Monica Could Redefine, and Embody 'Arboretum' - Santa Monica, CA

Tree City: Santa Monica Could Redefine, and Embody 'Arboretum': LAist

An arboretum is, in essence, a collection of trees, though by contemporary definition, it is a place dedicated to conservation of and education about trees. Now Santa Monica is beginning to explore the possibility of being "the first city-wide arboretum in the world," according to The LookOut News.

The idea, which was first brought up for public discussion earlier this week in Santa Monica, breaks down into three components. Firstly, the city would create a "central location that would serve as the hub for the arboretum." Though a few locations have already been bandied about, most notably large city parks, ultimately the community would determine the location.
Secondly, the rest of the city's public spaces would be filled with trees, showcasing a variety of trees from around the world. Lastly, in cooperation with CalTrans, Santa Monica would line the 10 Freeway with trees, which would also combat what some feel is an inherent "ugliness" provided by the freeway.

Snowflake Honored As A Tree City USA - Snowflake, AZ

AzJournal.com » Snowflake Honored As A Tree City USA

Snowflake has been recognized by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for 12 years.

During the May 10 Snowflake Town Council meeting, Forest Service Arborist Ken Butler presented Snowflake Arborist Bruce Mighton with a plaque and sticker to add to the sign declaring Snowflake a Tree City USA community because of itscommitment to urban forestry.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service

Ottawa tangles with emerald ash borer - Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa tangles with emerald ash borer | OpenFile

Is Ottawa doing enough to protect its ash trees?

The city's stock of that threatened species of tree is in danger of being consumed by an invasive insect called the emerald ash borer. A bright green beetle that originally hails from Asia, the EAB has a voracious appetite for ash trees—bad news for Ottawa and other cities that favour this species. Since its first Ottawa appearance near St. Laurent Boulevard and Highway 417 in the summer of 2008, the EAB has killed hundreds of trees in the capital region.

“EAB is the most significant tree health issue since Dutch Elm disease,” says David Barkley, the city's manager of forestry services, referring to the scourge that decimated elms a few decades back.

Barkley estimates there are 319,000 trees on city property in Ottawa, but isn’t sure of the number of trees on private land. About a quarter of the city’s tree canopy is made up of ash, which was, ironically, a popular substitute for elms in many North American municipalities.

Purple ash borer traps installed in Vermont

Purple ash borer traps installed in Vermont

Purple, three-sided traps resembling a box kite can be seen in ash trees throughout Vermont as part of a surveillance program by federal and state agencies.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture are partnering to survey for emerald ash borer (EAB), a non-native, wood-boring beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the eastern United States and Canada. The Monteregie region of Quebec Canada is the closest EAB infestation to Vermont’s northern border. To date, EAB has not been detected in Vermont.
These traps will be placed in ash trees in all counties and at high risk sites, such as campgrounds, sawmills, recreational areas, major transportation arteries, etc.
The purple traps are coated with an adhesive that captures the insects when they land and are baited with a lure to attract the pest if it is present. In addition, the color is thought to be attractive to EAB, and is relatively easy for humans to spot among the foliage.

"Granny" watch: UPDATE: SFPUC GM Decides To Delay Construction - Menlo Park, CA

UPDATE: SFPUC GM Decides To Delay Construction - Menlo Park, CA Patch

The general manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission today requested a halt to construction around a centuries-old valley oak tree in San Mateo County while the agency considers alternatives to cutting it down.
In a letter to San Mateo County officials, SFPUC general Manager Ed Harrington said he has requested that an "avoidance area" be established around the tree that stands in a North Fair Oaks neighborhood, where the utilities agency is installing seismically reinforced pipeline to secure the safety of the Hetch Hetchy water delivery system.
Harrington, who said he is "personally evaluating" the situation, has directed the contractor to prepare two cost proposals: one that estimates the cost of boring a pipeline tunnel beneath the tree's roots, and one that considers cutting it down.
"I commit to you that the SFPUC will not direct the contractor to re-commence construction within the tree avoidance area before June 6, 2011," Harrington said in the letter.

Town looks to tree protection, solar panels, zip cars as elements of green strategy bundle - Belmont, MA

After Stretch, Colton Looks To Trees, Sun And A Zip - Belmont, MA Patch

Colton's initial priority is to return with a revised 'tree' by-law in which homeowners and contractors would be required to replace specified 'protected' trees over a specific diameter with trees equaling the one removed or by donating money into a town fund.
The 'tree' article was initially brought before last month's Town Meeting but was withdrawn as the prevailing sentiment was it was heading for a large defeat.
Colton admitted that the original wording was a bit too strident for most people and "it wasn't explained in the right way." 
"It has to be changed," he said, which the energy committee will do over the summer with some prospects that the revised version will be brought before a special fall Town Meeting. 

Milton Hopes to Conduct Tree Survey - Milton, GA

Milton Hopes to Conduct Tree Survey - Alpharetta-Milton, GA Patch

Milton wants help from the Georgia Urban Forestry Council to survey the city's trees and to learn how to manage them to preserve the tree canopy.
City Council met Monday at city hall and approved a grant request from the Georgia Urban Forestry Council to prepare a tree inventory, assessment and management plan for the city.
“This is the first study required in order to apply for more grant funds to implement a tree canopy management plan and/or to fund changes that may be required to the tree ordinance. This report sets a baseline so that we can track loss of tree canopy, and publicly owned and maintained trees in particular,” said Community Development Director Lynn Tully.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Green is the new green: Diane Sawyer Gives Oprah 25,000 Oak Trees

Diane Sawyer Gives Oprah 25,000 Oak Trees | ecorazzi.com :: the latest in green gossip

Yesterday evening, the Chicago United Center played host for the taping of “The Oprah Winfrey Show’s” final two episiodes. The 57-year-old is ending her syndicated national talk show next Monday and Tuesday after 25 years on the air.

Over 20,000 screaming (and crying) fans, joined by a long list of celebrities, honored Winfrey during the four hour event. There were songs, reunions, and plenty of gifts  - but it was Diane Sawyer’s present that will likely endure well beyond our own lifetimes.

When the “ABC World News” anchor came on stage, USA Today reports that a huge tree of lights sprouted up in the middle of the arena. “That is ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’,” she said. “I want you to know in honor of your 25 seasons, in front of those 25 new libraries, there will be a giant tree – an oak tree, an Oprah tree, standing and inviting children to bring their books and hopes and fears and know that you are there to embrace them.”

Those libraries Sawyer mentioned were another surprise gift that John Legend and Target partnered on. In honor of her 25 seasons, 25 libraries will be built and stocked with books courtesy of Target. It’s not yet clear if those 25 oaks will be of the full size variety (read: transplanted) or saplings. She did, however, add this awesome detail:

“Not just 25 trees! We are going to plant across this country, 25,000 oak trees for Oprah.”

Massive live oak in way of highway improvements relocated by DOT at the urging of local citizens - New Iberia, LA

Massive live oak was moved - Times Union

NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — A massive live oak has been moved from its home of more than a century to a new site at the La. 83 exit ramp off U.S. 90 near New Iberia.

The tree was in the path of a new U.S. 90 service road, and the state Department of Transportation and Development, at the urging of local tree enthusiasts, decided to spare the oak rather than fell it.

U.S. 90 was shut down for about two hours Tuesday while crews used a special trailer to slowly haul the tree and its 42-foot diameter root ball about 1 1/2 miles, from its old home near Freyou Road to the La. 83 site.

"The tree hasn't missed a beat," said Jonathan Judice, with tree-moving specialist Environmental Design, of Houston.

DOTD is paying the company about $300,000 for transplanting the oak, which is estimated to be about 150 years old.

Residents offer Tree Warden alternatives to removal of seven mature silver maples - Norwich, CT

The Day - Residents seek alternatives to Norwich plan to fell trees | News from southeastern Connecticut

Norwich - About a dozen residents offered mixed feelings Tuesday during a hearing on whether seven giant, silver cut-leaf maple trees on narrow Sholes Avenue must be cut down for safety reasons.

Norwich Tree Warden Teresa Hanlon said residents requested the hearing after she had posted orders on the trees that they be taken down. Hanlon heard comments for a half-hour Tuesday and told residents she would tell them her decision Friday through emails and updated postings on the trees.

Joan Dupont of 26 Sholes Ave. requested that the tree that towers over her house be taken down. Dupont said she sleeps directly beneath the tree and is afraid that it could come crashing down.

But others asked that at least some of the trees be spared, trimmed of branches that hang over homes or power lines. They also asked that other trees more suitable to the Sholes Avenue neighborhood be planted in their place.

Ellie Hynds of 35 Sholes Ave. argued that if all the trees were cut down, the neighborhood would get more noise pollution from busy West Town Street, especially from the Friendly's restaurant across the Sholes Avenue intersection, and more dirt. In summer, the sun would beat down on their homes.

Urban tree stewards to be watchdogs for dangerous park trees in Montgomery County parks -Montgomery County, MD

Urban tree stewards to be watchdogs for dangerous park trees in Montgomery County parks

When a major storm sweeps through Montgomery County, a corps of volunteers will be the first responders to identify damaged or dangerous trees in county parks.

The Montgomery County Parks Department's urban tree stewards program is seeking volunteers to help monitor trees that might be hazardous to parks visitors, said organizer Jeanne Kavinski, an urban forester with the county Parks Department.

"I think it's an excellent way to involve people in the park experience," Kavinski said. "And while you're out there walking you're learning about all the benefits trees can provide."

The volunteers will assist county officials in keeping tabs on the thousands of trees that grow on 34,000 acres of parkland, Kavinski said. Such inspection currently is the job of three parks employees.

Village staff directed to move ahead on ash tree management plan — Lake Zurich, IL

Village staff directed to move ahead on ash tree management plan — Lake Zurich news, photos and events — TribLocal.com

Lake Zurich’s tree experts are moving forward with a plan to replace trees infected by the Emerald Ash Borer.

While village trustees unanimously approved the plan, which could cost $100,000 per year to replace 300 infected trees, the village only has $25,000 in its budget to remove trees this fiscal year.

Approving the basic plan is only the beginning of the tree management process.

While trustees approved the broad proposed management plan, village arborists and the tree commission were directed by the village board to continue working out specifics such as the order in which trees should be replaced and how the public can have input.

“You want a neighborhood to be well informed,” said Trustee Jeff Halen, who also spoke on his concerns regarding a visual impact of clear cutting trees in certain neighborhoods.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Updyke hit with federal charges in Auburn University tree poisoning case - OPELIKA, AL

Updyke hit with federal charges in AU tree poisoning case - WSFA 12 News Montgomery, AL |

The man accused of poisoning two historic oak trees on the campus of Auburn University is now facing federal criminal charges.

Attorney Glennon Threatt, Jr, attorney for accused Toomer's Corner tree poisoner Harvey Updyke, Jr. says his client, Harvey Updyke, has been indicted on 6 federal charges.

He was already facing felony Criminal Mischief 1st Degree felony charges at a local level.