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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Other Details --
FUZE online web services are being used for these sessions. Requirements: A computer with Internet access (Windows or Macintosh); speakers and microphone for VoIP audio or telephone for standard audio.
Meeting ID: 31376086
Join Online Meeting: http://fuze.me/31376086
For the optimal Fuze experience, we suggest you download Fuze before your meeting. Visit https://www.fuze.com/download
Telephone dial up information is available at http://www.unri.org/itreeworkshops/
Many of us took part in the formation of this plan using the mind mixer platform. Be sure to read the summarization of the plan by going HERE. It is available in many formats. Below I have included the summary and some interesting info graphics on the summary of engagement.
The Dogwood Alliance has stated, "Utility companies in the United States and Europe are expanding their use of wood as an energy source despite growing scientific evidence that the large-scale burning of wood for electricity—in particular the burning of whole trees—will accelerate industrial logging, increase carbon emissions compared with fossil fuels, and threaten human health with air pollution similar to burning coal. While the small-scale use of wood waste and residues for energy could play a role in addressing future energy needs, policies in the U.S. and European Union are setting the stage for the large-scale use of wood as a primary fuel source."
The US Forest service is looking into the impact of small woody biomass harvest on our forests. “Biomass removal is new for the Forest, and currently there is limited research literature for us to use to help explain some of the environmental effects from this type of harvesting,” said Thomas Bailey, forest soil scientist for the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.
The industry appears to be already ramped up with over 100 plants in the US. The Biomass Power Association is the nation's leading organization working to expand and advance the use of clean, renewable biomass power. The Association represents 80 biomass power plants in 20 states across the U.S. They argue, "Increasing America's use of biomass and other renewable energy is the first step in combating climate change and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. Biomass power generates carbon neutral electricity from natural organic waste, providing sustainable energy. America can depend on the biomass industry to provide clean, renewable electricity and create thousands of green jobs in communities across the country. Biomass power is the natural solution for energy independence.
Dogwood Alliance which has started the "Forests aren't Fuel" (see graphic) campaign argue that "we need more forests to capture carbon, burning forests for energy will destroy one of our best defenses against climate change. A major shift to wood as an energy source could likewise undermine efforts to expand clean, renewable and low-carbon energy sources, such as solar and wind, while also rolling back hard-won victories for forest conservation."
What are your thoughts?
Land owners that grow forests could view it as a source of additional demand for their product, hence additional revenue, which is one reason states might be advocating for it. On the other hand, it is not clear what portion of the wood comes from agriculturally grown forests vs. National Forest land. However, traditionally our forests are considered a sustainable resource that are to be used. There is the additional question whether removing all the biomass inhibits recovery. In the field of morticulture, a dead tree sustains more life than a live one.
Congratulations to Paul Revell, Virginia’s Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator who was named one of ISA’s True Professionals of Arboriculture for excellence in advancing the profession of arboriculture through education, communication and public outreach by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Through his tireless efforts and promotion of arboriculture training, the Virginia Department of Forestry hosts annual workshops across the state and an ISA certification training program at VDOF headquarters. To date we have had 450 people attend the training. He was also instrumental in promoting ISA certification and training within the agency, the Virginia Department of Forestry currently has 37 ISA Certified Arborists thanks to Paul. Congratulations again!
We have 33 new trees at the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) Headquarters thanks to the local Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards (CATS) and a grant for $2,600.00 they received from Bama Works Fund. VDOF employees joined the CATS group to plant 12 different native species along the entry to VDOF Headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia. The species that were planted include: River Birch, Ironwood, Yellowwood, American Beech, Kentucky Coffeetree, Tulip Poplar, Southern Magnolia, Black Gum, Hophornbeam, Sourwood, Swamp White Oak and Princeton American Elm. The goal of this project was to plant a diverse array of native species and highlight some of the lesser known species to show other potentially viable options for planting in public and private settings. These new trees were also used as a teaching example to show how to bare-root containerized planting stock and properly plant techniques for those in attendance. We are extremely grateful for the support we received from VDOF staff, CATS and Bama Works.
Tree destruction is probably visiting a location near you. Many tree ordinance attempt to plant themselves out of the destruction, but do not account for the time and conditions it takes to grow mature trees. It truly takes a team to tackle the issue of tree removal in urban areas and requires people coming out of their shells. There are many forces that will work against you, but in the end it comes down to wanting to work with nature rather than against nature. When our impact was but a small percentage of the planet we could afford to work against nature but given how that tide has shifted and the human imprint is everywhere, my aspiration is to always try my best to work with nature. Trees are the perfect metaphor as they share the earth with us and represent nature. Once we learn to work with trees, it will be a sign that we are learning to work with nature in a symbiotic way.
On a Citizens Mind
The security fence is now up and these old trees will come down to build a 6-story, low-income apartment building. There are 2 issues within that last sentence; preservation vs. progress, and needed housing assistance for families. Ronald Methodist church has combined these two issues but lets separate them for a moment.
HopeLink and Compass want to help the latter issue and so would any decent citizen. The apartment building will be built with taxpayers’ money. This is the kind of thing most people are happy to see their money being used for. As a wealthy nation, we are obligated to help those in need.
Homeowners in the area surrounding this church are also concerned about the former issue. Some councilmembers use the words community and walkability when discussing Shoreline’s future. Currently, my neighbors walk their dogs to use this fenceless green space as a small dog run. It has offered walkability and served the neighborhood wonderfully. Unless we get in our cars, it is the only nearby option.
So what is Shoreline’s future? In this section of Richmond Highlands, it will get a bit more crowded and less green. What makes many neighbors disheartened is that if you hit a golf ball in either direction up or down the Aurora corridor, you will hit an empty or blighted lot. Any of these locations would be welcomed by the community to build something nice upon; instead, the city council granted the church an exemption to divide their property and even changed the building setback rule, building 15 feet from the curb to 0 feet. (Will Hall admitted the setback change was a mistake and the council modified it…but by doing that, the church got grandfathered in to build at 0 feet)
So what’s the point citizen? The damage is done. My answer is that this will be coming to your neighborhood someday and if you are comfortable living amongst buildings as tall as the trees they will replace, then, all is well. If not, then you should stop reading and start doing...oh, and remember to vote. Make your voice heard and fight for what you want this city to become because trust has been lost with the current city council. The council’s motives are being questioned and the fact that one councilmember is now a real estate broker, some motives seem selfishly obvious. http://kmcglashan.withwre.com
Well, it all starts tomorrow in Echo Lake at the ELNA meeting. http://www.echolakeneighborhood.org
To Echo Lake, think of all the buildings the city could put up if we drained the lake. That was a joke. It would be silly to needlessly kill off nature when useable options exist a 3-wood away. Exactly.
Below is our official 2015 Great American Tree Poster which features all 28 of the trees nominated. GreatAmerTrees_11x17.pdf
The poster is designed to printed out on 11x17. Contact me if you would like a higher resolution.