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Trees, Woodlands, Lawns and Right-of-Ways: Best Practices for Biodiversity

Many species of birds, bees, and other pollinators face a precarious future in our urbanizing landscapes. Biodiversity is threatened at local to regional scales by habitat degradation. But there is some hopeful news: homeowners, individuals,...

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4/29/21
The Calm Before: Tree Adjustments to Wind & Ice Storm Loads

Trees grow with, and adjust to, large lateral and vertical loads caused by wind and gravity. Storms with strong winds and ice can push trees beyond their ability to reconfigure or fall back to reduce drag. Exceeding tree structural ice and wind load...

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7/27/20
Rx for Hot Cities: Urban Greening and Cooling to Reduce Heat-Related Mortality in Los Angeles and Beyond

Across the country, a number of cities are setting ambitious tree canopy goals to fight the trend of a decline in tree canopy. Among the many causes of canopy loss, development is a key driver, and is one that communities can significantly influence...

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7/24/20
Phytoremediation of Soils using Fast-Growing Trees in Vacant Lots and Landfills

Phytoremediation is a green technology that utilizes specialized trees to remediate contaminated soils across the rural to urban continuum. The trees stabilize pollutants in the soil, trap the contaminants in their biomass, and/or break down the...

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3/9/20
Phytoremediation of Soils using Fast-Growing Trees in Vacant Lots and Landfills

Phytoremediation is a green technology that utilizes specialized trees to remediate contaminated soils across the rural to urban continuum. The trees stabilize pollutants in the soil, trap the contaminants in their biomass, and/or break down the...

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2/24/20
Tree Function in Stormwater Biofilters

This seminar includes an invited presentation by Jon Hathaway, Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville titled, “Tree Function in Stormwater Biofilters: The Green in Green Infrastructure” and a panel discussion with Mike Perniel (...

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2/7/20

 

 
Quantifying Rainfall Interception in the Urban Canopy

Urban stormwater is a major contributor to surface water degradation in the United States, prompting cities to invest in green infrastructure - methods that naturally capture, store, and slowly release runoff, such as urban trees. While rainfall...

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8/19/19
Intersecting urban forestry and botanical gardens to address big challenges for healthier trees, people, and cities

Improving urban forests is one of the solutions to achieving several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and making cities healthier and more livable for people. Priority should be given to protecting mature trees and promoting long‐...

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7/15/19

 

 
More Than Good Looks: How trees influence urban stormwater management in green infrastructure practices

While green stormwater infrastructure increases in popularity, we are still learning about the role of trees in these innovative practices. In this webinar, Andrew Tirpak will discuss recent research results from studies designed to characterize the...

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5/28/19
Tree Species for Green Infrastructure: A Guide for Specifiers

The aim of this guide is to enable you to select appropriate trees for your planting scheme. By doing so, you will enhance the benefits bestowed on our communities by trees, help enrich our shared landscape and create a more sustainable urban forest...

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12/18/18
Reducing Tree (and Soil!) Damage during Construction

As the pace of urban development increases, urban green spaces, and urban trees in particular, come in direct conflict with bulldozers and backhoes. With careful early planning and an understanding of how tree damage occurs, strategies for tree...

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12/18/18
US Urban Forest Statistics, Values, and Projections

U.S. urban land increased from 2.6% (57.9 million acres) in 2000 to 3.0% (68.0 million acres) in 2010. States with the greatest amount of urban growth were in the South/Southeast (TX, FL, NC, GA and SC). Between 2010 and 2060, urban land is projected...

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3/23/18
Review of the Available Literature and Data on the Runoff and Pollutant Removal Capabilities of Urban Trees

The Center for Watershed Protection reviewed a total of 159 publications to evaluate the research questions defined in the scope of this project:

1. What is the effectiveness of urban tree planting on reducing runoff, nutrient and sediment?...

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11/15/17