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Stormwater Credits for Trees: Case Studies from Three States
posted Oct 01, 2020 10:51 AM by ahermansen

These case studies provide practical examples of how science-based tree credits have been developed and adopted in three different regulatory contexts: Minnesota, Vermont,and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Case studies are adapted from the publication "Urban Forest Systems and Green Stormwater Infrastructure" by the USDA Forest Service.

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Incorporating Forestry into Stormwater Management Programs
posted Jan 14, 2020 12:05 PM by ekuehler

Stormwater utilities were interested in learning how viable urban forest systems are in helping them manage stormwater runoff, so the Water Research Foundation and U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities commissioned a study. The overall goal of this project was to document the contribution of urban tree systems to stormwater nutrient and volume control in terms of their effectiveness at various scales, cost, desirability, and practicality. An associated set of tools was developed to enable water utilities and other stormwater professionals to apply project findings, including: (1) simplified models to predict event and annual runoff reductions by urban tree canopy, (2) an urban tree cost-benefit value database, and (3) an urban forest hydrology curricula targeted to utilities to more effectively integrate urban tree systems within stormwater management frameworks.

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Partnership champions nature at children's hospital
posted Nov 07, 2019 02:12 PM by ahermansen

On August 22, the National Environmental Education Foundation partnered with the USDA Forest Service and UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, to host a Nature Champion Training in anticipation of the long-awaited Nature Explore Classroom currently under construction at Shands. This outdoor classroom, the UF Health Children’s Healing Garden, is a nature-based play and learning space designed to promote health by creating nature connections for patients, children, families and medical staff. This project is funded by the Washington Office, Region 8 and private donors. The Forest Service has a national-level partnership with the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation related to the Nature Explore program and has sponsored the building of Nature Explore classrooms at strategic locations around the country.

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Urban Tree Canopy Assessment: A Community’s Path to Understanding and Managing the Urban Forest
posted Oct 03, 2019 12:36 PM by ahermansen

An Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) assessment provides a measure of a community’s tree canopy cover at high resolution, and is often used for establishing and implementing municipal tree canopy goals as part of broader urban greening and sustainability initiatives. The USDA Forest Service has produced a new report detailing the initial steps of UTC project planning, assessment, and data analysis, including general guidelines for conducting assessments and analysis to ensure useful, quality results that can be applied in planning, management, and decision-making .The report can be accessed on the Vibrant Cities Lab, an innovative multi-faceted web platform that can help professionals, policymakers, and the public access the best available science, understand the value of investing in our urban and community forests, and take concrete steps to plant better, more effective and efficient urban and community forestry programs.

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Urban Nature for Human Health and Well-being
posted Mar 27, 2019 12:12 PM by doutlaw

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.

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Kids in the Woods team awarded City of Gainesville 2018 Star Good Neighbor Award
posted Mar 27, 2019 12:13 PM by doutlaw

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.

National Team Takes a Unique Approach to Urban Forest Techonology and Science Delivery
posted Mar 27, 2019 09:15 AM by doutlaw

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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Leaves of Change Issue 20: Project attempts to stem the tide of African-American land loss through active forest management
posted Mar 27, 2019 09:15 AM by doutlaw

In this issue of Leaves of Change, we describe a research study conducted in association with community-based projects in three southern states that are a part of the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program (a collaborative effort between the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, the USDA Forest Service, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service). This study is helping to improve our understanding of African American land ownership and African American participation in sustainable forestry.

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Kids in the Woods Team Garners Regional Partnership Award
posted Mar 27, 2019 09:15 AM by doutlaw

The Kids in the Woods partnership was recently awarded the USFS Southern Research Station Director’s Partnership Award in recognition of outstanding and innovative approaches to partnerships with the Kids in the Woods Program at Westwood Middle School in Gainesville, FL. Partners include the USDA Forest Service, University of Florida, Alachua County School District, Gainesville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, and Alachua County Environmental Protection Department.

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Recent Updates: Urban Forest Sustainability & Management Review
posted May 29, 2018 06:47 AM by dhartel

Since its development at Agnes Scott College in 2014, the urban forest sustainability and management review (UFSMR) system continues to evolve and expand.  Updates have been made to reflect use in Raleigh (NC) and Austin (TX), and at U&CF Coordinator meetings in Mobile (AL) and Charleston (SC).  The most recent versions of documents and tools can be found at these links:

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