Click the link here to read the Nature Conservatory's fascinating post regarding the impact of Urban forest on human health.
"OpenTreeMap is a collaborative platform for crowdsourced tree inventory, ecosystem services calculations, urban forestry analysis, and community engagement."
The Water Environment and Resuse foundation is seeking proposals on research focused on What We Know About Trees, Forests, and Sustainable Water Management.
WE&RF is seeking proposals for Incorporating Forestry into Stormwater Management Programs (SIWM12C15) that examines how forests can help meet stormwater management objectives with attention to nutrient reduction and volume control. Proposals are due by December 19, 2016.
Click the link below to learn more information about this awesome opportunity.
As a college student yearning to make a difference in my local community sometimes I feel.. well helpless. I sit in class daydreaming of a greener campus, a greener city but never taking action. I found myself constantly questioning if one person can really makes a difference.
Can one broke college student impact a community?
I soon learned the answer is yes.
This Saturday morning instead of sleeping in I decided to wake up early, lace up my boots, and get involved. By volunteering with Trees Atlanta was able to help plant a total of 30 Crape Myrtles and Bald Cypresses along the streets of downtown Atlanta, all while having a goofy grin on my face. This volunteer experience gave me the ability to connect with like-minded people who also want to make a difference in their community by adding trees that help clean the ambient air here in downtown Atlanta. I spent my morning not only enjoying the beautiful autumn weather but also contributing to and improving my local green-space via the reduction of carbon monoxide in the local neighborhoods where the plantings took place. I look forward to watching these native Georgian trees expand their canopy to provide shade for those walking along this street and ultimately improve the health status of those around me.
If you've been waiting to get involved in your local community TODAY is the day. Search our site for local organizations in need of volunteers to green your community - check here for nearby service projects. I gained insight that revealed I DO have the ability to impact my local urban forest and also inspire my friends to join me on future green endeavors.
So I want to hear your stories of volunteer experiences you have, the trees you've planted/maintained, the people you’ve met.. I want to hear how you impacted your urban forest and how it has impacted YOU.
Share your #plantyourlegacy stories below.
This week's newsletter from Alliance for Community Trees has some interesting data regarding the importance of neighborhood trees and urban forestry, check it out here !
I'm sharing an article just published in City Trees (SMA) about new technology for web/mobile tree inventory software. Case studies and contributions are from Aspen, CO and Milwaukee County Parks & Zoo. It ends with a "shopping list" for consideration when looking at new technology for tree mapping software, data management, reporting, etc.
Pictures on a rainy day (although we haven't had many here in the Northeast this season...) of the Water Street bioswale we installed Spring 2016 to 'catch' rain water from a new parking lot. As you can see in the pics the water from the parking lot is being deflected into the bioswale rather than running into Water street. It is interesting to see the runoff from the parking lot across from this bioswale runs into Water street causing it to be temporarily flooded. The same was once true of the bioswale side of the street. Bioswale on the left in the two lower pics.
We also wanted to provide species diversity as well. The Yellowwood trees were pre-existing and required preservation during construction. One tree had its roots exploring through a layer of old pavement...
Species planted: Cladrastis kentuckea (Yellowwood), Clethra acuminata (Summersweet), Fothergilla "Mt. Airy', and Syringa "Bloomerang Dark Purple'
Tree inventory with today's technology looks a lot like a spin on Pokemon GO!
What is an Arboretum? How has the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum (recently accredited Level II Arboretum and possibly the world's longest linear arboretum) become an active demonstration and research site for urban trees? What lessons have we learned from local arboreta that we can apply to other green projects in the city from large developments to ones own backyard. Come join us for a full day of informative presentations and panels.
- Hear from experts on innovative techniques, new tree selecions, and case studies
- Earn ISA and Georgia PLA CEUs
- Gain insight into the City Design Project and Urban Ecology Framework
- Network with professionals, residents, and community leaders
- Take away applied best practices for your own projects – big or small
Register at: www.treesatlanta.org/canopyconference. View full conference schedule.
Trees Atlanta will host its first annual Atlanta Canopy Conference on Friday, September 23, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center located at 225 Chester Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30316.
The conference is for professionals, community leaders, and residents to take the lessons learned from the creation of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum and apply them to their own projects while protecting our urban canopy.
An arboretum is a botanical garden focused on woody plants, which are grown for research, education and display. The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum is a collective effort of Trees Atlanta, the Atlanta BeltLine, and members of the surrounding community. The Arboretum will continue to develop as the Atlanta BeltLine itself continues to extend to a 22-mile corridor of trails, parks, trees, native grasses, wildflowers, art and so much more, while also attracting pollinators and wildlife.
“Our canopy is changing. Good design can both protect and improve our urban forest. Trees are becoming more critical to our communities as our cities rapidly develop and transform,” said Trees Atlanta’s Co-Executive Director, Greg Levine. “This conference will include experts who will address how arboreta can improve quality of life and demonstrate solutions for urban environmental challenges."
The Atlanta Canopy Conference will feature a morning keynote by Darrel Morrison, FASLA, a pioneer in the use of native plants and natural processes in the design of urban landscapes. The afternoon session, Building the Arboretum: Past, Present, and the Future, includes a panel discussion with four registered landscape architects from The Portico Group, Perkins + Will, Hedstrom Design, and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. who influence the design, implementation, and continued development of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum. The Atlanta Canopy Conference includes sessions on landscape design, arboreta collections, soil, tree diversity and availability, and actions attendees can take to apply the best practices from local arboreta to their green spaces.
Don’t miss your chance to hear presentations from noted horticulture experts and landscape professionals to help you bring the Arboretum home! Presenting organizations include: Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Bold Springs Nursery, Cox Arboretum, Ecological Landscape Management, Georgia Tech Arboretum, The Portico Group, Perkins + Will, Hedstrom Design, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., The Conservation Fund, Georgia Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, and Trees Atlanta.
Full, half-day and student registration is available. Full-day attendees will be eligible for CEU credits (ISA and GA PLA), and will receive lunch, conference gift bag, and a discount to Tailgate for Trees. Complete conference information and registration is available at www.treesatlanta.org/canopyconference.
Prior to the conference, join Trees Atlanta and The Nature Conservancy on Thursday, September 22 for Tailgate for Trees, a casual gathering and friend-raiser to kick off the Atlanta tree planting season. To purchase tickets, please visit www.treesatlanta.org/tailgatefortrees.
The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum has just been awarded a Level II Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum, for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity, and professionalism.
About Trees Atlanta
Trees Atlanta is a nationally-recognized nonprofit citizens’ group that protects and improves Atlanta’s urban forest by planting, conserving and educating. Since 1985, Trees Atlanta has planted and maintained more than 113,000 trees. For more information about Trees Atlanta, call 404-522-4097 or visit www.treesatlanta.org.
To download conference flyer, click here Conference Flyer.
Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC) Advocates for High-Impact Federal Investment in Urban & Community Forestry
Over the past several months, the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC) Policy Working Group (WG) has coordinated advocacy around a number of legislative recommendations to both the House and Senate Interior and Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees on President Obama's FY 2017 proposed budget for federal programs under the Subcommittees jurisdiction.
The Subcommittee -- officially called the Senate [or House] Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies -- determines the funding levels for the critical Urban and Community Forestry Program (U&CF) as well as a host of other important programs and services within the USDA Forest Service, including Community Forests and Open Space Conservation Program (CFP); Forest Health Management; Forest and Rangeland Research; Non-native Insects and Diseases Research; Urban Forest in Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA); EPA and National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service.
In late April, the Policy WG sent a letter from SUFC members to the leadership of the Senate and House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittees expressing our concern with the significant decrease (16%) in the U&CF program in the President's FY 2017 budget which will have negative impacts in states and territories across the country, affecting many local public and private partners and collaborative projects in which federal assistance has been essential.
As the letter states: "The decrease will erode the capacity that has been developed in cities and towns of all sizes through the technical and financial assistance delivered by state forestry agencies in partnership with the U&CF program. SUFC recommends the Urban and Community Forestry Program be funded at $31.3 million in FY 2017."
In analyzing the House Interior Bill and Report [released in late May and accessible here and here], State and Private allocation is at $244.038 million -- roughly $10 million more than President's request. This plus-up* resulted in level funding for U&CF at $28.04 million and an increase to Forest Health Management with an additional $15 million split between Coop and Federal lands. Unfortunately, the EPA's Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (CWSRF) saw a drastic cut of almost 30% in one year from $1.393 billion to $1.0 billion. The House did not adequately respond to the needs demonstrated by SUFC and a broad coalition of the water sector and restore the cut of $414 million the Administration proposed. While green infrastructure would be an allowed use of the CWSRF with no threshold, this drastic cut impacts the amount of funds available for green infrastructure projects in cities and towns across the U.S.
The Senate Interior Bill and Report, released in late June, was not in line with our priorities. U&CF was allocated at the President's request of $23.68 million as was the Forest Health Management numbers with $40.68 million for coop lands. Research and Development also took a hit. Where the House was in line with the President's request, the Senate came in at an $11 million decrease to FY16 enacted at $280 million.
Fortunately, the Senate responded more favorably to the Clean Water State Revolving Funds advocacy, and came in under the FY16 enacted level of $1.39 billion at $1.35 billion, but much higher than the President's request of $979.50 million.
The key now is to continue reaching out to our congressional members advocating for the plus-ups from the President's budget. This ensures when the House and Senate conferences on the Interior Appropriations bills or, more likely, an omnibus, they are aware of our concerns.
The destruction of our nation's urban forests caused by non-native insects and diseases was not lost on the WG. In fact, the aforementioned letter to the Subcommittee strongly urges for language in the Interior Appropriations report to encourage the U.S. Forest Service to increase funding for research targeting non-native insects and pathogens. The House responded to our concerns with key language regarding the Committee's concern with invasive forest pests and encouraging the U.S. Forest Service to continue its work to improve the health of forest ecosystems.
In a letter to both the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies, a number of SUFC members, led by Faith Campbell, Center for Invasive Species Prevention, asked the Subcommittee to: [M]aintain the Fiscal Year 2016 funding levels for the "Tree and Wood Pests" line and the "Specialty Crops" line under the USDA APHIS Plant Health program. While Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee did just that, with $54 million and $158 million, respectively, the House came out with $45.93 million for Tree and Wood Pests, and a higher amount, $167.5 for Specialty Crops. Unfortunately, the House specifies the increases for programs addressing fruit flies, citrus and such.
*Money for a program not part of the President's request.
AmericanGrove.org is a social network of community tree and urban forestry advocates. The website, www.americangrove.org is managed by the nonprofit Georgia Urban Forest Council. The mission of the website is to be an online community for sharing tree-planting experiences and knowledge that will encourage others to create thriving community forests. AmericanGrove.org's footprint exceeds over 4100 google-indexed pages. In its five year history, it has had over half a million page views. Its 4000- plus unique members are urban forestry advocates and tree enthusiasts, potentially growing any content on American Grove exponentially. American Grove also relies on its network of social media to both draw attention to tree content on the Grove as well as tree content from across the internet. The administrator of American Grove is at the hub of tree content production, curation, and propagation. The administrator also sets the tone and personality of American Grove though design, support, and choice of content.
The intern must be committed to working 5-8 hours per week.
This is a part-time internship and work can be done at home. The intern will be paid over a two-semester period in monthly hourly payments at a rate of $15 per hour.
Interested candidates may send their resumes, a small writing sample, and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org until July 1. Selected candidate will begin internship around August 1 or the beginning of their fall academic semester.
This position requires that the intern:
Must be enrolled in undergrad or grad school and commit to the internship for 2 semesters.
Must have integrity in weekly progress reports and time sheets.
Must have excellent communication and writing skills, creativity, and a natural eye for good web layout. Candidates will be asked to submit a short writing sample.
Must love trees and the natural environment.
Mary Lynne Beckley
Georgia Urban Forest Council
P.O. Box 2199
Stone Mountain, Georgia 30086
The Georgia Urban Forest Council presents
"UNDERSTANDING LIVE OAKS: PILLARS OF CULTURE AND COMMUNITY"
May 18, 2016 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center at Bainbridge State College, in the Solarium Room
2500 E. Shotwell Street
Bainbridge, GA 39819
Dr. Kim Coder, Professor of Community Forestry & Tree Health at the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, will discuss the history (biological & cultural) of live oak and the general scientific nomenclature and biology of the species. "Live oak has played a great role in the founding of this nation and
development of this three state region," Dr. Coder says. "As the state tree of Georgia,live oak should be celebrated and recognized for its forests, unique
individuals, and natural history. We still have large, old live oak trees hidden along field edges, in native forest patches, and along old lanes. We need to find and
record these symbols of long-life and our historic past.”
Dave Edwards, Certified Arborist, Albany, GA will speak on his experience in caring for older live oaks, with case studies and time for questions.
Lunch is included. Continuing education units will be available for arborists and foresters. A certificate of professional development will be available for landscape architects and others.
Registration: $40 GUFC Members, $50 Non-members
All are welcomed.
For more information, call GUFC at 470-210-5900 or e-mail email@example.com.
Drawing of Candler Live Oak by Barry Nehr.
Tree City USA Communities. Enter to win a GoPro camera in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Tree City USA.
- Category 1 – My Scenic Tree City USA
Requirement: To be considered for this category, images must capture the beauty of your Tree City USA. (Tip: Focus on unique or historic buildings/locations that include trees… something that sets your city apart from others)
- Category 2 – My Active Tree City USA
Requirement: To be considered for this category, images must show residents of your Tree City USA participating in activities in, around, or among trees. (Note: If your photo includes any recognizable faces, you must get permission from the individual.)
- Category 3 – My Recognized Tree City USA
Requirement: To be considered for this category, images must contain one of your community’s Tree City USA recognition materials. Examples include a Tree City USA sign posted at the edge of town or a group holding your town’s Tree City USA flag. Feel free to get creative!
How to Enter
- To enter the Tree City USA 40th Anniversary Photo Contest, post your submission on your Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook page along with the hashtag #MyTreeCityUSA40 AND the City, State you live in.
- Submissions will be accepted from April 6, 2016 to April 20, 2016.
- Each category will be eligible to win a GoPro camera.
- Must be 18 yrs or older.
- Must include #MyTreeCityUSA40 when posting image.
- Must include City, State where image was taken [must be a recognized Tree City USA community to be considered].
How Entries will be collected
- An internal team from the Arbor Day Foundation will collect every photo posted using the hashtag #MyTreeCityUSA40. On April 21, 2016, the photos will be given to an internal committee who will select 10 finalists for each category by April 25, 2016.
- On April 28, 2016, the finalists for each category will be posted at www.arborday.org/ mytreecityusa40 and voting will begin. Voting will continue until 11:59 p.m. CT on May 5.
A post from the Alliance for Community Trees, Treebune News:
New York, NY - A feature-length documentary, CITY OF TREES, will have its U.S. television premiere Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at 8 p.m. on WORLD Channel, as part of the fourth season of AMERICA REFRAMED. It features an initiative in Washington DC to put long-term unemployed residents back to work through a green job training program -- planting trees.
A project nearly six years in the making, CITY OF TREES is a personal story about the struggle to make social, economic and environmental change in the thick of the worst recession in a generation. With unemployment exceeding 25 percent in D.C.’s Ward 8 in 2010, nonprofit Washington Parks & People receives a $2.7 million stimulus grant to put long-term unemployed residents back to work through a new green job training program.
Steve Coleman, a grassroots environmental activist who directs the organization, is tasked with using the grant to hire 150 unemployed residents from Southeast D.C. to plant several thousand trees in the city’s most blighted urban parks. For Charles Holcomb, the paycheck offers him a chance to give his newborn daughter the life he never had. For Michael Samuels, the job training is a first step forward after a drug conviction marred his employment record. For James Magruder, the program offers a chance to prove that his neighborhood roots position him as an unsung leader.
CITY OF TREES offers a critical new perspective on the challenges of retraining our workforce and rebuilding the natural environments in our cities for the 21st century. What sounds like a simple goal—putting people back to work by planting trees in a blighted neighborhood—opens up a complex web of personal and community challenges. At a time when building community and helping people obtain jobs and job readiness skills are needed more than ever, CITY OF TREES thrusts viewers into the inspiring but messy world of job training and the paradoxes changemakers face in urban communities everyday.
The film will also be available for free streaming on www.worldchannel.org starting April 20, 2016. Learn more.
The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) is addressing the critical urban forest resource management issues of tree failure and risk in coastal Georgia and equipping community leaders with essential tools to proactively manage the health and sustainability of their urban forests.
International consultant, Mark Duntemann of Natural Path Urban Forestry in Vermont will address misconceptions among community leaders about the price of prevention v. the risk of costly litigation. Mark will discuss proactive management and the benefits of retaining healthy trees that pose low risk, and why and how to prioritize trees of the highest risk, based on city size and budget. This information can save cities thousands of dollars in tree value and benefits.
An important one-day workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Midway, Georgia at the Coastal Electric Cooperative to help community leaders understand genuine tree risks, benefits, and current tree risk management strategies that are reasonable and defensible. The objectives of the Coastal Georgia Tree Risk Management project are to help cities:
- Recognize that the benefits of trees outweigh the perceived risk.
- Reduce the potential for human, home and property damage.
- Be prepared to defend the tree program if a tree-related incident occurs.
- Understand the ramifications of managing tree risk in a reactive way. Demonstrate due diligence and a proactive approach through "As Low As Reasonably Practical" (ALARP) concepts.
- Learn what to do and who to call. Consult an ISA Certified Arborist.
Join us! This workshop is for city and county managers, arborists, tree board members, city council members and public works directors.
Register at www.georgiaarborist.org.
Trees: Reduce the risk. It's feasible, it's reasonable, it's your duty! #treerisk
Georgia Forestry Commission celebrated 2016 Georgia Arbor Day across the state in many different ways.
The statewide Arbor Day event on February 17th at Trees Atlanta was a packed with more than 100 people, including 25 Tree City USAs, 4 Tree Campus USAs, 1 Tree Line USA and 4 mayors from Decatur, Dunwoody, Kennesaw and Mansfield. Director Robert Farris read the Arbor Day proclamation signed by Governor Nathan Deal and presented each community with a certificate and photo opportunity. News releases about the event were sent out locally on Georgia’s Arbor Day, officially declared as Friday, February 19th. Special guests for the “Mayors’ Symposium on Trees” were Danielle Crumrine and Josh Lippert from Tree Pittsburgh, Tim Keane, Walter Brown, Ryan Gravel and Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett.
More than 100 cities across the state celebrated in their own unique ways. The City of Avondale Estates planted a Ginkgo tree, specifically chosen by a homeowner for its beautiful fall color and unique characteristics (hopefully not female!). The city of Duluth planted two fruit trees at Bunten Road Park with the theme of hunger relief. Both mayors attended these local events. Timmy Womick and the Tree Circus made appearances in Albany, Thomasville, Columbus, Warner Robins, Macon, Tifton and Oxford.
At Agnes Scott College, honor trees were planted on campus in recognition of faculty and and staff, and Betty, a baker in the cafeteria, baked a delicious Arbor Day cake for the students.
“My Tree Our Forest” Tree Tags were distributed to 40 communities to hang on the trees at city hall or other public spaces on Arbor Day. The tags help carry the message about the benefits of trees to citizens across the state.
“Hello down there!
- I’m busy saving you money.
- I’m busy making city life fun.
- I’m busy making oxygen for you.
- I’m busy making useful things for you.
- I’m busy keeping your streets safe.
- I’m keeping your drinking water clean.
What are you up to?”
We hope you were celebrating trees in your community too.
Is it important to differentiate the role of the arborist and the urban forester? I am an arborist that has worked in Urban Forestry for eight years. I have been an arborist for 13 years. It is only recently that I am really starting to differentiate the perspectives of the two professions. Arborists tend to look at one tree at a time, while foresters are trained to look at trees in groups. It seems foresters seem to emphasis management of resources whereas arborist are concerned about health of a particular tree. There are also differences in education.
An urban forester usually has a degree in forestry with an emphasis on urban areas. Arborist certification from the ISA requires that they three or more years of full-time, eligible, practical work experience in arboriculture and/or a degree in the field of arboriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, or forestry from a regionally accredited educational institute.
Arborist and urban foresters sometimes have conflicting opinions. Some are both arborist and urban foresters. Of course, what both have in common are trees.
I would be very interested in your reflection on the differences and if the differences can be a cause of conflict.
Join the i-Tree Development Team for an E-Learning Training Series...
i-Tree 2016 Online Training: Tools for Assessing and Managing Community Forests
A Web-based Instructional Series Introducing i-Tree 2016
The online training seminar series will take place monthly, with live, interactive sessions led by members of the i-Tree development team and other instructors. This web-based series will introduce i-Tree to you, help you understand its value as an important tool in your urban forest management toolkit and provide you with hands-on demonstrations related to the installation, use and reporting components of the software suite.
The series begins Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 1:00 PM (Eastern) and continues every month on the third Wednesday, beginning at the same time. The sessions will provide a in-depth examination of the i-Tree tools and provide the opportunity for exploring the software on your own between each session, in order to get the most out of the informational sessions. There will be time devoted to Questions and Answers during the sessions, as well as an online discussion board for expanded conversation between workshop attendees.
Please visit http://www.unri.org/itreeworkshops/ to learn more, and to find the log-in details. A complete calendar of dates and presentation topics can be found below. Plan to attend as many of the sessions as you would like.
Upcoming i-Tree 2016 Workshop Dates & Topics...
Please note: All instructional sessions begin at 1:00 PM (Eastern)
December 16, 2015 - i-Tree LANDSCAPE
January 20, 2016 - What’s New in i-Tree ECO
February 17, 2016 - Looking at i-Tree HYDRO
March 16, 2016 - i-Tree DESIGN and CANOPY
April 20, 2016 i-Tree STREETS
May 18, 2015 - i-Tree Roundtable: Answering Your Questions About Using i-Tree
June 15, 2015 - Using i-Tree VUE and STORM
July 20, 2015 - Introducing i-Tree Landscape
August 16, 2016 - What’s New in i-Tree ECO
September 20, 2016 - Looking at i-Tree HYDRO
October, 19, 2016 - DESIGN and CANOPY
November 16, 2016 i-Tree STREETS
December 21, 2016 - i-Tree Roundtable: Answering Your Questions About Using i-Tree
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Meeting ID: 31376086
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