Urban Forestry Toolkit
Close your eyes and try to picture yourself in the middle of a forest.
Where are you? Perhaps you are in Brazil's Amazon Rainforest or California's Redwood Park, or maybe Pittsburg, Pennsylvania's Urban Forest?
While traditional notions of forestry often exclude urban settings, the Urban Forestry Toolkit provides resources to bring tree canopies to cities. The resources within the toolkit "are designed to help community managers and advocates in jurisdictions of all sizes to determine their current situation and be guided through a process at their own pace to reach goals of comprehensive urban forest management."
The toolkit's 17 steps take users from start (Assess) to finish (Sustain). Each step has a range of supporting content, from statistics to studies to samples. For example, the seventh step , "Planning: Best Practices in Urban Forestry" (under the Plan tab), includes examples of cities that have successfully created and implemented urban forestry plans.
The toolkit is a project of Vibrant Cities Lab, a collaboration between the U.S. Forest Service, American Forests, and the National Association of Regional Councils, on a mission to help individuals "discover how healthy tree canopy can enrich their own community and help guide them as they build an effective urban forestry program."
Sometimes I'm lucky, and one of our fabulous volunteers sends me an email chock full of resources. This time it was from Pat Carstensen, and its a doozy! I'll put them out in several up coming posts.
An evening with Doug tallamy
During this free event, you will learn practical, effective, and easy steps to taking environmental action in your own yard.
About this EventIn his new book, Nature’s Best Hope, Douglas W. Tallamy urges homeowners to turn their yards into conservation corridors that provide wildlife habitats. Tallamy, one of the leading figures advocating native plant gardening in the United States, joins the Western New York Land Conservancy for a special virtual event. During this free event, you will learn practical, effective, and easy steps for taking environmental action in your own yard.
About Douglas W. Tallamy
Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 95 research publications and taught insect related courses for 40 years. He is the author of Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, which won the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers’ Association. Learn more about him at bringingnaturehome.net
This one is hosted by the NC Forest Service, and should be the right about of nerdy for us. It also has CEU credits for those arborists out there...
Addressing Tree Canopy Loss through Stronger Ordinances and other Policy Tools
Karen Cappiella, Center for Watershed Protection
Lydia Scott, Chicago Region Trees Initiative
Date: May 13, 2020 | 1:00-2:15pm ET
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 through local codes, ordinances and other planning tools. In 2018, the Center for Watershed Protection released the guide “Making your Community Forest-Friendly: A Worksheet for Review of Municipal Codes and Ordinances” to help communities better address these challenges. In this webinar, Karen Cappiella of the Center for Watershed Protection will provide an overview of this tool and share a related research project that is being conducted in the Delaware River watershed. Lydia Scott of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative will share successful strategies and lessons learned from efforts to help strengthen tree preservation ordinances across the 284 municipalities in the Chicago region and also across the state of Illinois.
Click here to sign up: Webinar on Tree Ordinances
The Triangle Land Conservancy has put together an excellent kids program called Triangle Explorer. It has tons of great activities and badges that you and your kids can do to learn more about nature! It also has a whole badge just about trees. So check it out!
Triangle Explorer: Tree Badge Activities for Kids!
Founder of the Green Belt movement in Kenya, this amazing tree champion has gone beyond planting trees to create a movement! We are inspired by her tireless work of using trees to increase the health, wealth and justice of her community. But its not just us- she was the first African Women to win the Nobel Peace Prize!
Read more about her and the Green Belt movement here:
The Green Belt Movement
For several inspiring children's books about Wangari's life and work -- all for ages 4 to 8 -- Check out:
"Seeds of Change: Wangari's Gift to the World" (https://www.amightygirl.com/seeds-of-change),
"Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya" (https://www.amightygirl.com/mama-miti),
"Wangari's Trees of Peace" (https://www.amightygirl.com/wangari-s-trees)
"Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees" (https://www.amightygirl.com/wangari-maathai-millions-of-trees)
Its spring and there are TONS of things to do for trees! From pruning and watering to learning and advocacy, our trees need your help!
Help us plan the spring and summer by filling out this 4 questions survey. What you say will help us form our calendar of events.
Click here to fill out the survey!
See you soon!
Thank you for taking the time to participate in this survey. This survey should take less than 7 minutes.
The purpose of this survey is to understand Durham resident’s experiences and opinions about trees at home, and their neighborhoods, and around Durham. This is a student-led effort on behalf of TreesDurham, a local non-profit that believes all Durham residents deserve a socially just, healthy, and sustainable urban forest. There are no correct or incorrect responses, and you are free to skip any questions or stop at any time. The answers you give will be confidential –the research team will not be able to connect the information you provide with your name or email address.
To take the survey click here.
As humans, we depend on fertile soil to grow our food. Soil that can grow food in it is called “arable.” Did you know that around 30% of the world’s once arable land can no longer grow food? The soil can no longer grow food because 60% of it has been washed away into rivers, streams, and lakes. This process is known as “erosion” and it has made bodies of water flood more often and polluted them with pesticides and fertilizers from soil. Sadly, once the soil is lost in an area, very few plants can grow on the land. It takes hundreds of years for plants to be able to grow on the soil like they used to. Wind and rain are the leading causes of soil erosion. Rainwater speeds up as it falls from the sky and then moves the soil when it hits the ground. In areas with few plants, soil erosion often occurs because the land is exposed to the full force of the wind and rain without any plants providing a barrier.
We all know how hot it can get during the summer months in North America. It is not uncommon to be able to see heat waves radiating off of the asphalt on city streets or concrete sidewalks. Thankfully, nature provides us with an excellent and all-natural form of air conditioning – the shade from trees.