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2013-09-18 16:21:45

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- New research polling data released today shows that more than 7 in 10 Minneapolis, MN residents support treatment options for the protection of residential and city-managed ash trees as part of the city's Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) management program. Fewer than 1 in 10 believe the city should remove otherwise healthy ash trees, as is currently planned. Minneapolis is one of hundreds of municipalities around the country currently under...

2013-06-20 13:52:26

In the first effort to estimate the overall impact of a city´s urban forest on concentrations of fine particulate pollution (particulate matter less than 2.5 microns, or PM2.5), a U.S. Forest Service and Davey Institute study found that urban trees and forests are saving an average of one life every year per city. In New York City, trees save an average of eight lives every year. Fine particulate air pollution has serious health effects, including premature mortality, pulmonary...

Urban Trees Provide Economic Boon
2013-05-08 13:51:35

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Whether it´s Manhattan´s Central Park or the Emerald Necklace in Boston, Frederick Law Olmstead understood the value that forested areas bring to a city. However, the“¯father of American“¯landscape architecture was probably unaware of the billions of dollars these forests contribute in the form of carbon storage and sequestration. According to a new study in the journal Environmental Pollution, urban...

2013-04-26 12:22:23

2013 Is the Year Preventative Tree Treatments Can Save One Million Trees WOBURN, Mass., April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Arborjet, a company that develops remedies for some of the world's most destructive tree insects and diseases, invites municipalities and homeowners from coast to coast to join together this Arbor Day to become part of the "Million Tree Challenge(TM)" and help save one million American trees. Invasive tree pests like the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) are wreaking havoc...

2012-08-06 22:02:26

Tree cover in the nation´s Lower 48 states covers 659 million acres, more than one-third of the nation, according to a U.S. Forest Service study of national tree cover and impervious surfaces. New Hampshire leads the nation in percent tree cover (89 percent), followed by Maine (83 percent) and Vermont (82 percent). On the other end of the spectrum, North Dakota has the lowest percent tree cover (3 percent), followed by Nebraska (4 percent) and South Dakota (6 percent). Using aerial...

The Role Of Urban Greenery In CO2 Exchange Demonstrated
2012-06-27 12:15:41

In what might be the first study to report continuous measurements of net CO2 exchange of urban vegetation and soils over a full year or more, scientists from UC Santa Barbara and the University of Minnesota conclude that not only is vegetation important in the uptake of the greenhouse gas, but also that different types of vegetation play different roles. Their findings will be published July 4 in the current issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research — Biogeosciences, a publication...

Do Urban 'Heat Islands' Hint At Trees Of Future?
2012-04-24 13:49:46

Common oaks get a boost in New York's Central Park City streets can be mean, but somewhere near Brooklyn, a tree grows far better than its country cousins, due to chronically elevated city heat levels, says a new study. The study, just published in the journal Tree Physiology , shows that common native red oak seedlings grow as much as eight times faster in New York's Central Park than in more rural, cooler settings in the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains. Red oaks and their close...

2012-04-11 23:02:12

Contest to highlight colors of the urban forest. Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 10, 2012 The U.S. Forest Service today announced its My Neighborhood Forest photo contest, celebrating America´s urban and community forests. The Grand Prize winner will receive $200 in outdoor gear courtesy of the National Forest Foundation. The contest, which runs from April 11 — July 22, seeks to highlight the natural beauty that spring and summer bring to U.S. neighborhoods, communities and cities,...

2012-03-15 12:39:28

Tennessee's urban forests, currently valued at about $80 billion, also provide almost  $650 million in benefits such as carbon storage, pollution removal, and energy reduction according to a new U.S. Forest Service report. The authors of Urban Forests of Tennessee, 2009 found there are 284 million trees in urban areas in the state, with canopies covering 33.7 percent of 1.6 million acres of urban area. Those urban forests provide an estimated $204 million per year in pollution removal...

Nation's Urban Forests Losing Ground
2012-02-24 04:47:59

National results indicate that tree cover in urban areas of the United States is declining at a rate of about 4 million trees per year, according to a U.S. Forest Service study published recently in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. Tree cover in 17 of the 20 cities analyzed in the study declined while 16 cities saw increases in impervious cover, which includes pavement and rooftops. Land that lost trees was for the most part converted to either grass or ground cover, impervious cover...