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Protecting trees from construction impacts

With increased intensification in cities throughout the world, urban trees are often at risk of becoming damaged by construction impacts, such as utility trenching or pavement / sidewalk repair. If the damage is severe and a tree loses a lot of its...

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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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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
Investigating the Stormwater: Quantity and Quality Impacts of Urban Trees

A community with dense overhead tree canopy may benefit from reduced stormwater runoff volume through interception, transpiration, and infiltration but may also suffer from excess nutrients leached to nearby receiving waters from leaf litter. Bill...

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1/21/20
Lightning Protection for Trees

Thousands of trees are struck by lightning every year. These trees will have varying degrees of damage ranging from complete shattering and destruction of the tree, to a slow lingering death, to virtually no apparent damage at all (Figure 1). When...

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12/12/19
Lean on Me: Recommendations for Heritage Tree Support at the Morris Arboretum

The history of the Morris Arboretum can be told through its eldest trees. Every scar and abnormality present on these immense specimens inspire awe, enrich visitor experience, and provide a glimpse into the past of the gardens. They also act as living...

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9/16/19
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
Madison Square Park Tree Conservation Plan: A Canopy for the Future

This tree plan, not only comprises a history of trees that once stood in the Park and catalogues the trees currently standing, but also directs the succession and maintenance of the tree canopy that future generations of Park users will enjoy. As we...

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12/13/18
Storm-Resilient Urban Forests: The Role of Species Selection & Maintenance Pruning

Inclement weather, particularly severe thunderstorms and wintry precipitation, is a major cause of damage to urban forests. In this webinar, we will learn how inclement weather impacts trees and how we can create storm-resilient urban forests through...

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7/2/18
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
Making Urban Forests Count: Quantifying and crediting stormwater benefits Primary tabs

The water quality benefits of forests are widely accepted, yet very few studies have successfully quantified the runoff and pollutant-reducing impacts of trees in the urban landscape. Uncertainty as to how to "credit" urban trees - everything from...

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1/12/18