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Growing Trees in Gravel to Lower Municipal Tree Planting Budgets

Trees grown in gravel beds extend the bare-root tree planting window by allowing them to be planted year round.

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Urban Forestry South is the science delivery center of the Southern Research Station research work unit SRS-4952: Integrating Human and Natural Systems in Urban and Urbanizing Environments.  Urban Forestry South focuses on technology and information that supports urban forest management, tree health, tree biology, the measurement of ecosystem benefits derived from trees in urban settings, urban nature and human health, children and nature connections, and heightening awareness of and providing information about wildland-urban interface issues in the South and nationwide.

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Kids in the Woods Expands Science, Nature Experiences for Middle School Kids

Sep 07, 2017

The Kids in the Woods program at Westwood Middle School in Gainesville, Florida started in 2013 with one simple questions, 'How do we get kids outdoors and physically active?' For a group of local, state, and federal partners the answer was through science.


Kids in the Woods team awarded City of Gainesville 2018 Star Good Neighbor Award

Mar 27, 2019

The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs presented the Star Good Neighbor Award to the Kids in the Woods team on March 26, 2019.


Urban Nature for Human Health and Well-being

Mar 27, 2019

Urban Nature for Human Health and Well-Being, a new report by the USDA Forest Service’s National Urban Forestry Technology and Science Delivery Team, shares the most current research related to nature and public health, providing a resource to help natural resource professionals, health professionals, urban planners, architects, educators, and community groups effectively communicate the health benefits of nature to their constituents. The report provides an overview of the current research in five key areas: pollution and physical health, active living, mental health, stress reduction, and social health, cohesion, and resilience, and discusses issues of social equity and access to nature in urban environments.


New Kids in the Woods Video

Mar 27, 2019

This video highlights the Kids in the Woods program in Gainesville, FL, which is a partnership between the USDA Forest Service, the University of Florida, the Alachua County School District, the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, and the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department. Sixth grade students at Westwood Middle School learn about birds, creek erosion, and urban trees through participation in hand-on outdoor science studies on the school campus and in a nearby nature park. Additionally, sixty students are selected each year through a lottery to participate in an overnight school camp out with help from Camp Lochearn and Camp Crystal.


"Kids in the Woods" (Los niños en el bosque) Amplía las Experiencias en Ciencia y Naturaleza de los Niños de Escuela Intermedia

Mar 27, 2019

El programa de los niños en el bosque (Kids in the Woods - KIW, por sus siglas en inglés) de la escuela intermedia Westwood en Gainesville, Florida comenzó en 2013 con una simple pregunta: "¿Cómo llevamos a los niños al aire libre y los mantenemos físicamente activos?" Para un grupo de asociados estatales, federales, y locales, la respuesta fue, a través de la ciencia.


National Team Takes a Unique Approach to Urban Forest Techonology and Science Delivery

Aug 16, 2016

The Forest Service's National Urban Forest Technology and Science Delivery Team (NTSD) was formed in November 2013 with the goal of improving the agency’s ability to deliver state-of-the-knowledge information to city planners and natural resource practitioners, in the most rapid and accessible ways possible.



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