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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...

2011-09-30 13:40:00

Grants will support the development of new geospatial tools to enable cities to expand their urban forests in order to reap the benefits of stormwater infiltration, lower energy costs, improved air quality and more attractive places. Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) September 30, 2011 Azavea, an award-winning geospatial analysis (GIS) software development company, was awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to create software tools that will assist in prioritizing urban...

2011-09-12 11:22:04

Non-native, wood-boring insects such as the emerald ash borer and the Asian longhorned beetle are costing an estimated $1.7 billion in local government expenditures and approximately $830 million in lost residential property values every year, according to study by a research team that included scientists with the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station. The research effort was funded by The Nature Conservancy and supported by the University of California / Santa Barbara's National...

2011-05-05 11:05:00

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft, National Semiconductor, NVIDIA, REI, RHI, SanDisk and Yahoo are joining forces on Saturday to plant more than 400 trees in a single day at Green Oaks and Cesar Chavez Academies on Ralmar Street in East Palo Alto - part of an initiative to plant more than 1,000 trees in the coming months. In partnership with Canopy, a local non-profit group dedicated to planting healthy trees for a healthier community, this program will...

2011-04-08 00:00:28

Deep Root and Kestrel Design Group released its Lifecycle Cost Analysis: Investment vs. Returns for Healthy Urban Trees. The white paper offers effective stormwater and urban forest planning strategies to ensure the community is getting the most from its investment. San Francisco, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) April 07, 2011 Deep Root Partners, L.P. and The Kestrel Design Group have released a white paper to help communities make the best investment for stormwater management and urban tree planning. The...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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