Check out these beautiful maps from the US Department of Agriculture depicting the distribution of forest ownership throughout the nation.
Although it has been around since 2011, I have just discovered a free app called 'Leafsnap'! This mobile application can identify trees just from a picture of leaves or flowers. This app currently only includes trees found in the Northeastern US, but will soon grow to include the trees of the entire continental United States.
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
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.
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
Check out a recent article from National Geographic highlighting unique trees from around the world. Some of the featured giants compose our nation's canopy, hailing from California, Utah and New York groves.
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.
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.
Check out all the magnificent old growth submitted to our 'sister competition' in Europe!
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 here. The transcendentalist Henry Thoreau will turn 200 this year, this New York Times article celebrates modern works that explore the naturalist themes that saturate Walden.
Click the link below to learn about the relationship between the growth of trees in urban settings. This article includes expertise provided by Dr. Kim Coder, of UGA, a founding member of GUFC.
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/
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!