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In the last few years the University of Massachusetts Amherst has offered a Summer Program on trees and tree care for high school students. This year, the one-week session will take place July 9-15. This is a great opportunity for high school students to learn about arboriculture and urban forestry and be exposed to an exciting area of study and career path. And it's a great opportunity to spend some time in a lovely New England town in western Massachusetts! 

Learning to climb trees at UMass Summer College

Program Description
Through the study of trees and the impact of their health on urban communities, students in the Sustainable Tree Care program will take a proactive approach to climate as they learn what they can do now and in the future to make their communities greener. Trees provide many benefits in cities and towns like shading houses and cleaning the air and water; they also improve our quality of life. To maximize these benefits, we have to plant the right tree for a site and properly care for it. If we do, the benefits that the tree provides will far outweigh the cost of caring for the tree. In this 1-week intensive, we will learn about proper tree selection and care.

This program covers a number of earth science-related topics including: botany, physiology, soil composition, run-off, and pollution. Students will also receive hands-on experiential training in: identifying trees, identifying disease in trees, climbing trees (knot tying, ascension, limb walking, tree worker safety), pruning, plant health care, and pest management.

This 1-week intensive will balance academic study of the science and business of arboriculture while offering an introduction to the basic skills required to work in the field.

Learn more about the Sustainable Tree Care Summer College Program by clicking here.

Summer College programs are open to rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. High school seniors who will graduate this spring are also welcome. To find out more about the application process, click here and scroll down.  

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Death of the tallest known Ponderosa Pine

This post is in memory of one of the world’s tallest known pines. Big Pine campground became a designated spot for hikers, 20 miles southwest of Grant’s Pass. The big pine that dominated the landscape enjoyed many years of worldwide travelers looking to sneak a peak at its glorious countenance. Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest’s giant pine measured to an astounding 250 feet before it met its untimely demise, another victim of the ruthless pine beetle.

This prominent tree made the 1989 heritage tree list commemorating the 200th anniversary of the signing of the U. S. Constitution. This tree, among only 60 other trees nationwide, was a designated Living Witness Tree for the U. S. Constitution Bicentennial. The bark of these pines can be traced to a time where they were crafted into a canoe to assist Lewis and Clark as they crossed the Columbian river. These prehistoric trees are a testimony to the history of our nation, describing the vitality of America’s canopy as far back as the signing of the constitution.

The health of our forests is important to our future, as they have played a huge role in the history that has shaped our nation. The ecological importance of America’s old growth is boundless, present during a time in which no living humans remain. Local ecosystems persist around them and thrive because of them. Historic trees preserve national secrets as well as demonstrate the resilience of our nation. We hope the legacy of the Ponderosa Pine of Grant Pass in the form of its bronzed plaque can be preserved in the Smithsonian Museum of American History for future generations to admire.

Despite its passing, this tree still stands. Nearby campgrounds have been closed for the safety of travelers.

Michael Oxman, an ISA arborist committed to getting the marker to the Smithsonian, brought the passing of this pine to our attention.

Background information regarding Ponderosa Pines graciously provided by NPR. The article titled Ponderosa Pines: Rugged Trees With A Sweet Smell composed by Daniel Kraker can be found here: http://www.npr.org/2009/08/17/111803772/ponderosa-pines-rugged-trees-with-a-sweet-smell

As well as information provided by Terry Richard who composed World's tallest ponderosa pine climbed, measured at 268 feet outside Grants Pass. This article can be found here: http://blog.oregonlive.com/terryrichard/2011/12/worlds_tallest_ponderosa_pine.html#comments

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Agnes Scott Arbor Day

Growing appreciation and awareness for trees on our campus, students were photographed beside one of their favorite trees (as some had many). Whether it be adding another breath of life through photosynthesis or just their awestruck beauty, the trees on our campus allow our environment to come alive, transforming Agnes Scott into a vibrant ecosystem. They hold our hammocks, become our reading chair, protect us form rain and sun, and home to our fearless squirrels. 

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Timber City Exhibit at the National Building Museum

The USDA Forest Service, Softwood Lumber Board, along with other partners have sponsored a unique exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. This Timber City Exhibit showcases the economic and environmental benefits of using lumber and will be on display until September 10th. Get inspired, attend a workshop, and learn more about the sustainable future of nation's timber practices here.

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Thoreau and the Language of Trees

Rich Higgins has recently published a work of art that explores Thoreau’s deep connections to the trees mentioned in Walden, the beloved classic. Higgins' book is packed with interpretations of the merriment, companionship, and influence of our nation's canopy on Thoreau's unprecedented lifestyle. More information about the 2017 book, Thoreau and the Language of Trees can be found hereThe transcendentalist Henry Thoreau will turn 200 this year, this New York Times article celebrates modern works that explore the naturalist themes that saturate Walden. 

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i-Tree STREETS Online Workshop, Nov 16th


Looking at i-Tree STREETS: An online workshop

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
1:00 PM (Eastern)


Join the i-Tree Development Team for a look at i-Tree STREETS tools via this one-hour online workshop session.

This is part of the ongoing comprehensive web-based instructional series that is introducing the latest tools in the i-Tree software suite, as well as bringing users up to date on the improvements that have been made to the i-Tree collection of inventory, analysis and reporting tools for urban and community forests. i-Tree is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree Tools help communities of all sizes to strengthen their urban forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of community trees and the environmental services that trees provide.

This session will demonstrate the latest updates to i-Tree Streets software tools. It is an easy-to-use, computer-based program that allows any community to conduct and analyze a street tree inventory. Baseline data can be used to effectively manage the resource, develop policy and set priorities. Using a sample or an existing inventory of street trees, this software allows managers to evaluate current benefits, costs, and management needs.


PRE-REGISTRATION is required for this session – Please visit https://goo.gl/Gfi62x to register.

Additional information can be found at http://www.unri.org/itreeworkshops/

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Research Grant Opportunity - Forestry & Stormwater

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.

https://www.werf.org/i/Funding/Open_RFPs/a/o/rfp.aspx?hkey=05bda2a1-23af-4891-badf-815b2960d4f3

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Impacting your local Urban Forest

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. 

 

 

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Hi everyone,

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.

http://issuu.com/planitgeoissuu/docs/web-mobile_tree-inventory-software_

Happy reading!

Ian

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Storm water runoff deflection a constant concern.

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'

Short video shows pre pavement water flow:

Some construction pics:

Bath Forestry Division's photo.
Bath Forestry Division's photo.
Bath Forestry Division's photo.
Bath Forestry Division's photo.
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AIB Studios Presents: Tending Our Trees

A Spanish proverb says: "It will beggar a doctor to live where orchards thrive." Perhaps that is because research shows that surrounding ones self with trees and other flora and fauna is good for one's health. In this AIB Presents, Tending our Trees, we not only explore the benefits of life around trees, but how metropolitan areas like Atlanta are working to balance maintaining its tree canopy with smart growth. We hear from those whose job it is to manage and tend to the trees about what it takes to keep Atlanta a city in a forest.
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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.

Benefits of attending:

  • 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.

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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.

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A Call To Action

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.

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