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Helpful Tree Planting Cue Cards from the Urban Tree Foundation.

Cue Cards

The downloadable cue cards are designed to fit in a shirt pocket and can be printed onto 3 1/2 " x 8" card stock and laminated for field use. They are also available in Spanish. Feel free to reproduce them.

Nursery Tree Quality Guidelines…
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Added by Administrator on February 25, 2014 at 11:09am — 1 Comment

Why Existing Healthy Urban Trees are so Valuable

Urban Trees are our oldest and hardest working residents. Existing healthy urban trees with a lifespan of more than 20 years are difficult to replace with replanting or tree banking. An existing tree is like a million dollars that has compounded in value over 100 years, while a fine or actually replanting is like…

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Added by Neil Norton on January 31, 2014 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Old Trees Don't Grow Taller, But Pack On Weight Like A Body-Builder

Just saw this interesting article on NPR.

Like other animals and many living things, we humans grow when we're young and then stop growing once we mature. But trees, it turns out, are an exception to this general rule. In fact, scientists have discovered that trees grow faster the older they get.

Once trees reach a certain height, they do stop getting taller. So many foresters figured that tree growth — and girth — also slowed with age.

"What we found…

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Added by Shane Donegan on January 16, 2014 at 10:04am — No Comments

Why large trees in urban areas are removed

Tree Ordinances have been successful at tree banking and tree planting, but it is rare they prevent the removal of existing trees on lots being developed or redeveloped in desirable urban areas. The reason, the perceived value of the land exceeds the value of the tree.

Trees require their roots, and in poor urban soils those roots can take up large swaths of land, often referred to as the critical root zone. The science dictates that removing more than one-third of the root zone can…

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Added by Neil Norton on January 15, 2014 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

Parking Forests: Parking Lots as if Mother Nature Designed Them

Urban streams throughout the country suffer from the effects of development. With every storm, stormwater runoff rushes off of rooftops and pavement, and is piped to the nearest creek through storm sewers. Runoff carries pollution from the streets and landscape, and seriously erodes stream banks and causes flooding. In the Tualatin Basin in Oregon, parking lots cover 5,000 acres and are a significant source of runoff.…

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Added by Brian Wegener on December 19, 2013 at 1:28pm — No Comments

"Let us plant tress," she proposed. "A tree is truly amazing,"

It's hard to believe that a year has gone by since the passing of the great Wangari Maathai, who changed the lives of millions through the simple act of planting trees (and truth be known, by speaking truth to power).  Read the whole story on in the Huffington post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/turk-pipkin/a-million-more-trees-for-_b_1913962.html

Added by Laura Wagner on September 26, 2012 at 3:46pm — 1 Comment

What are your best practices for planting around walkways and pavement?

In the Massachusetts Grove, Mollie Freilicher has asked "What are your best practices for planting around walkways and pavement?"  Please consider sharing any info by commenting here. Remember you can easily attach any literature or documents to your…

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Added by Administrator on August 8, 2012 at 10:56am — No Comments

When to Plant Trees

By , About.com Guide

When to Plant Trees: The Short Version

In general, the best time for planting trees is late winter or early spring. If that doesn't fit your schedule, then aim…

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Added by Administrator on June 11, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Summer Tree Read

"People, like trees, can transform energy from the earth. Trees, like people, can be a source of helpful wisdom in our lives"  Ann Linnea

I just finished reading Ann Linnea's Keepers of the Trees,, A Guide to Re-Greening North America.  In sharing the true stories of a Tree Doctor, Big Tree Hunter, Tree Planter, Tree…

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Added by Neil Norton on June 8, 2012 at 9:33am — No Comments

One tree will intercept approximately 34% of rainfall volume & other interesting tree facts

One tree will



- increase re-sale housing values by 6-9%.

- increase quality of life: physical, emotional and economic wellbeing.

- reduce storm water runoff by 35%.

- sequester 223 pounds of CO2…

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Added by Administrator on June 4, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Monetizing Ecosystem Services

Monetizing ecosystem services of trees might be in the near future.  The City of New York spent $1.2 billion dollars (over ten years) to restore and protect watersheds in effort to avoid spending $8 billion dollars on a new water filtration plant.  Last week,…

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Added by Neil Norton on October 27, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Benefits of Urban Trees

Many  people know the obvious benefits trees provide—like saving energy, improving the quality of air and offering shade—but trees serve other purposes that often go unrecognized.





Some uncommon benefits of trees include:

  • Protecting our water—Trees reduce runoff and erosion, prevent…
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Added by Administrator on August 22, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

If Trees Could Talk…

We’ve all heard the adage, “If walls could talk…”—but have you ever wondered what trees could say? American Forest historians can tell you.



American Forests, a nonprofit advocate for the protection and expansion of our nation’s forests, has documented more than a dozen historic trees that endured the…

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Added by Administrator on August 1, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Tree Planting Story, Decatur, GA

On Saturday, October 30, from 9am to Noon, Trees Atlanta proudly hosted a tree planting project in the Oakhurst Community of Decatur, GA. Trees Atlanta is helping the Oakhurst plant 100 trees in celebration of its 100th Anniversary. The project is sponsored by the Decatur Craft Beer Festival and The UPS Foundation, and so far, 62 of the 100 trees have been planted.

On the morning of the tree installation, Trees Atlanta was pleased to announce to the crowd of 50+ volunteers…

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Added by Cheryl Kortemeier on November 13, 2010 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

Planting Story, Addison



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Added by Betsy Orton on November 8, 2010 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Planting Story, Dallas



On October 23rd more than 150 volunteers were on one team with a common goal – a massive tree-planting event with 219 trees added to two neighborhoods.…

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Added by Betsy Orton on November 1, 2010 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Bridging Roots for Healthier Trees

More cement and asphalt paths are being created through woods in parks as alternative transportation corridors and to view nature. Typically the paths are placed adjacent to mature trees. The damage often shows well after the contractors have left the scene. The cement compresses and damages roots and can prevent water absorption but the most damage occurs during…

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Added by Neil Norton on June 22, 2010 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Can a street tree be too big?

Municipalities often wonder how big their street trees will become and if they will create damage to surrounding infrastructure, however New Orleans seems to have different ethic, let them grow! As a result they have one of the most amazing urban forest in the country. We know the the issues surrounding an uneven sidewalk, but have we considered the advantages? Perhaps with an expectation of uneveness, there would be more awareness and less accidents. Humans did not evolve walking on flat…

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Added by Neil Norton on June 21, 2010 at 11:21am — 1 Comment

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