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Managing the urban forest: better do nothing!
 
Analysis of atmospheric particles deposited onto mesquite leaves in the central Arizona - Phoenix LTER area
 
Urban Runoff Pollutant Removal of Three Engineered Soils
Looks at pollutant removal for 3 common engineered soils.
Dallas Urban Heat Management Study
A regional climate and health assessment conducted by the Urban Climate Lab of the Georgia Institute of Technology for the Texas Trees Foundation
Targeted Urban Forestry Investments Create Community Benefits and Jobs
This case study highlights a 2015 NUCFAC-recommended USDA Forest Service grant, Evaluating the Job-Creation and Community Social and Economic Benefits of Urban Forestry and Related Green Infrastructure
Investments in Metro Nature Yields Billions of Dollars of Health Care Savings Each Year in the U.S.
This case study highlights a 2011 NUCFAC-recommended USDA Forest Service grant, Urban Forest Human Health and Well-being Benefits: Translating Evidence to Economic Valuation Models
Nature Play Design Guidelines Support Growing Natural Interest in Connecting Children with Nature
This case study highlights a 2011 NUCFAC-recommended USDA Forest Service grant, The Natural Play and Learning Areas National Guidelines Project.
Houston East End Students Leverage Environmental Education to Transform an Urban Food Desert into a Food Forest
This case study highlights a 2013 NUCFAC-recommended USDA Forest Service grant, Greenschools!: Model for Green Communities
Soil Organic Carbon Stocks are Larger than Expected in Urban Ecosystems
This case study highlights a 2012 NUCFAC-recommended USDA Forest Service grant, Carbon Sequestration and Resiliency of the Urban Forest
The Sustainable Urban Forest Guide: A Step-by-Step Approach
This guide is designed primarily to help municipalities assess the state of their urban forest, identify management concerns, and chart a path forward, step by step, toward long-term sustainability.
Assessing the Impact of NUCFAC-recommended US Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Grants (2010-2015) - White Paper
Twenty-six grants, awarded during years 2010-2015, were assessed for a number of impact indicators.
Assessing the Impact of Urban and Community Forestry Federal Grants - Final Report
A report on funding that advances research and projects focused on improving the efficiency and quality of urban and community forests is economically, socially, and environmentally imperative.
Assessing the Impact of Urban and Community Forestry Federal Grants - Summary
To demonstrate the value of NUCFAC- recommended grants, the USFS supported an assessment of twenty-six grants, awarded during the years 2010-2015. The following summary report includes results from this assessment.
Stormwater Management Benefits of Trees
The benefits of trees as stormwater management practices, especially in urban and suburban settings, have recently been more widely recognized. Here, we summarize recent work describing and quantifying the stormwater management benefits of trees, especially at the individual tree and property/site scales.
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, and 2. How does effectiveness vary by species, over time, with differences in planting sites (e.g., distance from impervious cover or other trees, soil conditions, geographic location) and with different maintenance strategies.
The Role of Trees in Urban Stormwater Management
Arboriculture deserves additional consideration as a stormwater control measure. The reliable use of trees for stormwater control depends on improved understanding of how and to what extent trees interact with stormwater, and the context-specific consideration of optimal arboricultural practices and institutional frameworks to maximize the stormwater benefits trees can provide.
LEAF Summit - UCF Focus Perspective and Human Health
USDA FS national approach to interpreting and using urban forest research (the national technology & science delivery team) – with trees and human health as the focus.
Urban Forest and Human Health Links and Discussion
A selected list of links of the relationship between human health and urban green
Urban Forest Sustainability and Management Review - Checklist
This is the current version of the Urban Forest Sustainability & Management Review checklist. Also see the beta version of the Excel spreadsheet tool. [23Feb17 Austin]
Quantifying the benefits of urban forest systems as a component of the green infrastructure stormwater treatment network
The purpose of this literature review is to highlight the limited research performed, document areas of need for quantifying the benefits of urban trees for stormwater management, and provide a basis for providing credits for trees in stormwater designs.
All You Need to Know About Community Gravel Beds
Guide developed by University of Minnesota showing how to construct and maintain a gravel bed (including costs) for growing bare-root trees.
Give Me the Numbers: How Trees and Urban Forest Systems Really Affect Stormwater Runoff (Presentation Notes)
Presentation notes from presentation given by Aarin Teague and Eric Kuehler at StormCon 2016 Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN on August 23, 2016.
Give Me the Numbers: How Trees and Urban Forest Systems Really Affect Stormwater Runoff
Presentation given by Aarin Teague and Eric Kuehler at 2016 StormCon Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN on August 23, 2016
2014-2015 Atlanta i-Tree Eco Project Results
This i-Tree Eco report outlines the environmental benefits of the City of Atlanta, GA urban forest from data collected on 443 plots in 2014 and 2015.
Urban Forest Sustainability and Management Review - Factsheet
A one page factsheet describing the UFSMR.
Urban Forest Sustainability and Management Review - Discovery Catagory Matrix
This is a PDF of the table for summarizing document discovery by category and element. Provides a visual "gap" analysis across the review/audit spectrum of evaluation.
Urban Forestry Using ArcGIS Domains and ArcGIS Online (AGOL)
Domains are geodatabase components designed to make GIS editing tasks faster and more accurate ensuring integrity of your database and reliability of all products derived from that data. Within ArcGIS Online (AGOL) domains become the drop-down selection lists in ESRI Collector.
Trees and Shrubs for Interior Alaska Landscapes
 
GIS Tools and Domains for Urban Forestry
A handout for the 10th Southern Forestry and Natural Resource Management GIS Conference, December 7-8, 2015, Georgia Center for Continuing Education, Athens (GA) presentation by Rama Sivakumar and Dudley Hartel.
Rock Creek Watershed Stormwater Runoff Analysis: Executive Summary
The purpose of this modeling project is to estimate the benefits of increased urban tree canopy cover (TC) and reduced directly connected impervious area (DCIA) on stream water quantity and quality in the Rock Creek Watershed. The i-Tree Hydro model was used to estimate stormwater runoff volume and pollution loading for the watershed in its current condition (base case) and for various theoretical conditions (alternative case) such as increased TC and/or reduced DCIA.
Rock Creek Watershed Stormwater Runoff Analysis: i-Tree Hydro Report
This stormwater modeling case study was presented at the 17th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference in Hot Springs, AR October 21, 2015.
Tree Ordinance Resource List
A list of current resources to help communities develop tree protection ordinances.
Summary of Urban Citizen Forestry Programs
A summary of 22 citizen forestry programs in the US.
Data Model for GIS Database Management and i-Tree Eco
Georgia Tech's Center for GIS has developed an extensible GIS data model to support the 100% inventory of campus trees to the i-Tree Eco protocol.
Data Model for GIS Database Management and i-Tree Eco (FGDB Schema)
The schema for Georgia Tech's Center of GIS data model that supports i-Tree Eco in a file geodatabase or ArcSDE format.
Python Tools Developed for GIS Database Management and i-Tree Eco
Georgia Tech's Center for GIS has developed Python tools for the GIS data model that automates the export of inventory data to i-Tree Eco and the subsequent import of the environmental services results.
Data Model for GIS Database Management and i-Tree Eco (Complete Package)
The entire package to implement Georgia Tech's Center for GIS extensible GIS data model to support the 100% inventory of campus trees to the i-Tree Eco protocol.
Urban Forestry File Geodatabase (FGDB) Schema
This is a schema report that summarizes the urban forestry file geodatabase created to illustrate the creation, editing, and use of domains in ArcGIS desktop, and ArcGIS Online (AGOL).
Urban Tree Canopy - Discussion of 3rd Party Roles & Opportunities
A discussion, in outline form, that identifies urban tree canopy (UTC) roles for remote sensing consultants.
An Urban Tree Canopy QAQC Process
Urban tree canopy (UTC) classification workflow for a QA/QC review.
SEATTLE x Green Factor
The Greening of Seattle’s Neighborhood Business Districts
Understanding attitudes toward adoption of green infrastructure: A case study of US municipal officials
The goal of this research was to identify attitudes that engineers, planners, and other local government staff have toward adopting GSI strategies in municipalities
Effects of distributed and centralized stormwater best management practices and land cover on urban stream hydrology at the catchment scale
This is a paired watershed research study to compare stormwater management strategy effects, including riparian buffer and tree canopy cover, on urban hydrology.
The Peculiarities of Pervious Cover: A research synthesis on allocating pollutant loads to urban land uses in the Chesapeake Bay
Section 7 (pp 40-44) of this report discusses how tree canopy and forest fragments should be handled/credited on pervious land in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model.
Trees, People and the Built Environment II
A compilation of urban tree and forest research papers from the Urban Trees Research Conference held at the University of Birmingham in Edgbaston, UK April 2-3, 2014
Green Infrastructure Opportunities that Arise During Municipal Operations
This document provides approaches local government officials and municipal program managers in small to midsize communities can use to incorporate green infrastructure components into work they are doing in public spaces. The guide demonstrates ways inwhich projects can be modified relatively easily and at a low cost recognizing that municipal resources can be limited.
Green Infrastructure Planning Guidelines for Coastal Georgia
This guide is addressing GI at the landscape scale; with the process for identifying, prioritizing, conserving, and managing systems (e.g. wetlands, riparian zones, natural areas, working farms & forests)
Urban Watershed Forestry Manual: Part 2
This manual is Part 2 of a three-part series on using trees to protect and restore urban watersheds.
Urban Watershed Forestry Manual: Part 1
 
Green Infrastructure: Abstracts from Low Impact Development 2010
Presentation titles and abstracts from the 2010 conference: Redefining Water in The City, Proceedings of the 2010 International Low Impact Development Conference (San Francisco, California)
The Effects of Trees on Stormwater Runoff
This report summarizes the results of a literature review done for Seattle Public Utilities in 2008 of research conducted to quantify the effect of trees on stormwater runoff.
Urban Forests in Florida: Trees Control Stormwater Runoff and Improve Water Quality
In this fact sheet we will show how individual trees and urban forest cover assist in maintaining our watershed health, improve water and soil quality, and lower maintenance and construction costs of water storage and treatment systems.
Trees in Bioretention
This memorandum summarizes the available knowledge on the benefits and potential conflicts with trees in one specific type of stormwater management practice: bioretention.
Current Resources for Urban Tree Canopy Accuracy Assessment
Lists most recent accuracy assessment discussions.
Lightning Talk: Understanding Error Matrices (Accuracy Assessment)
Brief presentation (slides) on accuracy assessment for landcover classifications
A mixture of urban tree species best for removing atmospheric ozone
Researchers tested the seasonal and annual removal of ozone by three types of trees; evergreen broadleaf, deciduous broadleaf, and conifer. These results demonstrate that tree types play complementary roles in stabilizing ozone removal over time and across different environmental conditions.
Urban Tree Canopy and Disaster Mitigation
A one page factsheet that provides an overview of UTC assessments and uses and a more detailed discussion of using UTC for disaster planning and mitigation in your local community.
10 Guiding Principles for Successful Ordinances
Outlines criteria for developing tree ordinances.
Tree Risk Assessment Using ANSI A300 and the ISA BMP
A presentation given at the 2013 Indiana Arborist Association Conference (22Jan13).
Community Forest Storm Mitigation Planning for Georgia Communities
Workbook and template to guide community planning and preparation for urban tree mitigation prior to natural disasters
Georgia Urban Forestry Innovation Award: Guidance for selecting a project
A description of the 2014 Georgia Science and Engineering Fair special award in urban forestry.
Storm Preparation and (Tree & Urban Forest) Damage Management
Two presentations at the Issues in Urban & Community Forest Management workshop held in Athens, Georgia.
Forest monitoring and social media – Complementary data sources for ecosystem surveillance?
Social media mining is an efficient tool to utilize informal information sources
Tree Board Press Kit
Designed for community tree boards and tree advocacy groups. Includes a press release template. Word document version available from the publisher (see URL below).
ISA-BMP-Level-I-Field-Worksheet
A worksheet that incorporates ANSI A300 Part 9 Scope of Work requirements and field data collection for Level 1 tree risk assessments.
Synthesis Pathways for Tree Risk Assessment
A "checklist" of risk characteristics for tree risk assessment based on the ISA Tree Risk Assessment BMP and ANSI A300 Part 9.
Urban Tree Risk Resources
An updated (14Jan2014) list of the current tree risk standards, BMPs, and eLearning modules.
Disaster Resources for Urban Foresters
Lists five published resources (including recent NUCFAC projects) that deal with urban tree risk management for disaster preparedness.
Urban Forestry Annotation of the NDRF Continuum
Illustrates the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) Recovery Continuum of Activities (Page 8; Figure 1) with relevant urban forestry and UFST activities.
Urban Forestry Manual (g) - Urban Soils
Soil conditions greatly influence the growth and vigor of trees. Soil provides trees with water, oxygen, nutrients, and support for the root system. Roots need a healthy soil environment to grow in, and strong root development directly influences the growth of the above-ground parts of the tree.
Green Streets Active Practices Guidelines
Defines required green infrastructure features for Tucson (AZ) roadways
Urban Tree Inventory and Management Program
Discusses urban forestry in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
How Does the City Get What it Wants - Urban Forest-Related Ordinances - Abbey
Buck Abbey's Tuesday afternoon (3:15-5:00 p.m.) presentation at the 2013 UFI
What Does the City Have - Things to Consider - Johnson
Andra Johnson's Monday morning (10:15-11:15 a.m.) presentation at the 2013 UFI
Green Space and Stress: Evidence from Cortisol Measures in Deprived Urban Communities
More green space in deprived urban neighbourhoods in Scotland is linked to lower levels of perceived stress and improved physiological stress .
Select Online Resources for Forestry, Forest Products and Woody Biomass Operations Affected by Hurricane Sandy and Other Natural Disasters
In response to Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters, here is a quick list of select online resources for forest landowners, foresters, loggers, forest products business owners, woody biomass operators and utilization and marketing specialists.
Data Resources to Support Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery
Local and regional disaster planners and their partners should investigate the spatial datasets created and distributed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Restoration and Conservation of Coastal Forested Wetlands in the Gulf of Mexico
The purpose of this study was to review available information on freshwater forested wetlands (FFW) in the coastal zones (plus 25 miles) of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas to identify wetland types, ecosystem functions and services, recent and/or historical losses, ecological and environmental benefits of restoration, and conservation and restoration opportunities.
Bonnie Appleton Memorial Fund
Join MAC-ISA and Trees Virginia in a lasting tribute to Dr. Bonnie Appleton’s contributions to horticulture and arboriculture education and research. The Bonnie Appleton Memorial Fund was recently established at the TREE Fund to honor Dr. Appleton’s passion and advocacy for horticulture and arboriculture education and research.
U&CF Hashtags for Social Media
A preliminary list of social media hashtags suggested for urban and community forestry, interface forestry, and conservation education.
Valuation of Urban Environmental Amenities in Developing Countries: A Case Study from Chandigarh, India
Hedonic Pricing Method (HPM) used to study the impact of key environmental attributes like proximity of an urban lake having good water quality, parks/gardens, clean air and traffic noise attenuation.
UFST ANSI A300 and Risk Assessment for Team Leaders
Presentation handouts with narrative from the UFST Team Leader Refresher Workshop in Raleigh at William Peace University (June 2013).
UFST ANSI A300 and Risk Assessment for Task Specialists
Presentation handouts with narrative from the UFST Task Specialist Workshop in Raleigh at William Peace University (June 2013).
Stormwater to Street Trees
This guide is an introduction to engineered stormwater systems that utilize trees to manage a volume of stormwater.
Evaluation of Sampling Protocol for i-Tree Eco: A Case Study in Predicting Ecosystem Services at Auburn University
A study of plot sampling intensity from a 100% i-Tree Eco inventory on the Auburn University Campus.
Comparison of carbon storage, carbon sequestration, and air pollution removal by protected and maintained urban forests in Alabama, USA
Ecosystem services report from the i-Tree Eco tree inventory on the Auburn University Campus.
Predictive Open-grown Crown Width Equations for Three Oak Species Planted in a Southern Urban Locale
Development of DBH/crown models from i-Tree Eco data on the Auburn University Campus.
From Forests to Table
Connecting Southeastern Forests to Local/Regional Food Systems
Level 1 Tree Risk Assessment Field Worksheet
An example worksheet for collecting Level 1 tree risk data based on ANSI A300 Part 9 and the ISA BMP.
Urban Tree Risk: References and Resources
A list to primary references for tree risk assessment and management.
Urban Forestry Emergency Operations Planning Guide for Storm Response
The UFEOP Guide provides urban forestry professionals concrete approaches when preparing for natural disasters that impact the urban forest.
Using Geospatial Tools to Assess the Urban Tree Canopy: Decision Support for Local Governments
Outlines a repeatable methodology for measuring and using UTC information at the local level.
Georgia Urban Forestry Innovation Award
A description of the Georgia Science & Engineering Fair Special Award for Urban Forestry.
UTRI Data Process and GIS Tool Description
Complete narrative discussion of UTRI that includes: an overview, GIS approach and data, the model "step-by-step" table, additional processing notes, and raster calculator hints for implementation.
VRMP and UTRI Links to Documents & Archived Webinars
A list of URL links at Urban Forestry South of the final project documents and presentations.
A Guide to Assessing Urban Forests
Urban forests provide numerous ecosystem services. To quantify these services and guide management to sustain these services for future generations, the structure or composition of the forest must be assessed.
Integrating the Social and Physical/Biological Sciences
A description of the Georgia Science & Engineering Fair Special Award for the Social & Biological Sciences.
Vegetation Risk Management Plan Template - with Attachment
The Vegetation Risk Management Plan (VRMP) is developed as a tool to help increase public safety after a storm event, maintain optimum urban tree canopy, promote tree health, provide for effective emergency and arboricultural management, and decrease emergency management costs.
Urban Tree Risk & Disasters:VRMP & UTRI - Archived Webinar 3
The third webinar discussing the Vegetative Risk Management Plan (VRMP) and the Urban Tree Risk Index (UTRI) GIS model.
Urban Tree Risk & Disasters:VRMP & UTRI - Archived Webinar 2
The second webinar discussing the Vegetative Risk Management Plan (VRMP) and the Urban Tree Risk Index (UTRI) GIS model.
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