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New Englanders - Get ready for Tree Observations!
posted Feb 14, 2013 03:52 PM by dhartel

New England Leaf Out Project - Special Campaign

Are trees in the New England region leafing out earlier than they did in the past? Do tree species leaf out at different times? These are questions that researchers at Boston University are trying to answer. You can assist them in this aim by tracking the leaf-out of ten deciduous tree species.

Follow the link to the National Phenology Network's special campaign page to see the list of recommended species that will help track leafout for scientists..

Photo: leafout on Acer rubrum "October Glory" in Northeast Georgia (07Apr12)

Learn more at http://www.usanpn.org/nelop

Tree Observers Needed!
posted Feb 14, 2013 03:41 PM by dhartel

Maples, Oaks, and Poplars - Special Campaign

Help scientists and natural resources managers track the “green wave” —the flush of green that accompanies leaf-out –over the course of the spring season, and the spread of seasonal color across the country in the autumn. Observations of individual plants, taken on the ground, can help decision makers develop forecast models and early warning systems for use in forest management and public health administration via pollen forecasting.

Follow the link to the National Phenology Network's special campaign page to see the list of recommended species that will paint a national picture of the 2013 "green wave".

Photo: budburst on Fagus grandifolia in Wooster, Ohio (20Apr12)

Learn more at http://www.usanpn.org/MOP

Urban Tree Risk & Disasters:VRMP & UTRI (3rd Webinar)
posted Dec 28, 2012 12:08 PM by dhartel

Picking up with the discussion from the December 6th & 13th webinars, we will discuss how to take the information produced in the first two webinars to create a Vegetation Risk Management Plan (VRMP) to compliment your county's Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Will also discuss debris staging areas to include in your VRMP based on the UTRI.

When: Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 2:00 PM (EST) - Duration: 1:00

Presenters: Rachel Barker & Dudley Hartel

Direct URL link to the Webinar


Go to UFSe Events to download instructions


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Urban Tree Risk & Disasters:VRMP & UTRI
posted Dec 06, 2012 05:05 PM by dhartel

UTRI – Risk zones, assessments, and mitigation

Picking up with the discussion from the December 6th webinar, we will demonstrate and discuss the GIS processes for each of the UTRI layers (vector to raster conversions, assigning relative ranks for each layer, and the map algebra step) leading to the final UTRI for each street segment. This webinar will also discuss field verification, ANSI A300 risk assessment levels used, and mitigation recommendations and prioritization.

When: Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 2:00 PM (EST) - Duration: 1:00

Presenters: Rachel Barker & Dudley Hartel

URL direct link for the December 13th Live Meeting

To UFSe Events for downloadable instructions (Recommended for new Live Meeting users).

Meeting time: Dec 13, 2012 2:00pm EST (Thursday) - Access beginning at 1:00PM EST



Check on Tuesday the 12th for handouts to download.


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Urban Tree Risk & Disasters: Vegetative Risk Management Plan & UTRI
posted Dec 06, 2012 09:07 AM by dhartel

URTI – Getting started & data and data preparation
Following a very brief introduction to the Vegetation Risk Management Plan (VRMP) and the Urban Tree Risk Index, we will discuss the sources and basic preparation of data needed to produce the tree risk zone map with UTRI used for pre-storm mitigation and planning.

When: Thursday, Dec 6, 2012 2:00 PM (EST)
Duration: 1:00
Meeting time: Dec 6, 2012 2:00 PM (EST)

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i-Tree Version 5 Released
posted Oct 03, 2012 02:56 PM by dhartel

If you have i-Tree installed just start any module (e.g. Eco) and then Help->Upgrade; otherwise visit i-Tree, login, and download.

This latest upgrade to the i-Tree software suite introduces cutting-edge features and new enhancements:

Web-based Data Collection

Canadian & Australian Improvements

i-Tree Design

  • Integrated i-Tree Forecast function for projecting tree benefits in future years
  • Ability to add multiple trees around a parcel
  • Functionality for Canadian users
  • Display of priority planting zones based on net tree benefits

i-Tree Canopy

  • Project area delineation tool; alleviates the need for importing GIS shapefiles
  • Process for Google Earth historical image canopy change analysis option
  • Enhanced reporting options

i-Tree Eco

  • New web-based data collection system for mobile devices
  • Google Maps-based sample plot generator for simple random plot creation
  • New pest risk analyses based on host susceptibility, pest/disease range and structural value
  • Updated ecosystem services valuation using EPA's Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program (BenMAP)
  • BenMAP estimation of public health incidence reduction and economic benefits based on air quality improvements attributed to trees
  • Eco inventory report enhancements, including building-energy effects for individual trees
  • Rainfall interception reporting for plot-based and complete inventory projects
  • Reporting for standard PM2.5 (air particles less than 2.5 micrometers) and biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) emissions
  • Complete i-Tree Pest Detection Protocol reporting
  • Expanded Australian and new Canadian functionality

i-Tree Vue

  • New summary reports for land cover statistics and analysis options
  • Land cover change tool for updating NLCD pixel classification
  • General user interface refinements

i-Tree Streets

  • Web-based data collection system for mobile devices
  • General user interface refinements and functional improvements based on user feedback

i-Tree Hydro

  • i-Tree Hydro refinements will be released as a version 5.0 upgrade in the near future

Learn more at http://itreetools.org/

Healing Places, Healing Spaces
posted Sep 30, 2012 07:20 PM by dhartel

Beginning with Dr. Roger Ulrich, Center for Health Systems and Design, in "View Through a Window..." nature/health research has highlighted the "obvious" but difficult to quantify benefits of natural settings (including urban forests) for physical and psychological well being.

Dr. Esther Sternberg is Research Director at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her books include Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well Being, and The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health & Emotions

Listen to: The Science of Healing Places with Dr. Sternberg, On Being (30Sep12 American Public Media via NPR).  "The light and smells in places like hospitals can often depress us. And, our favorite room at home keeps us sane. But why? Immunologist Esther Sternberg explains the scientific research revealing how physical spaces create stress and make us sick — and how good design can trigger our "brain’s internal pharmacies" and help heal us." [APM On Being Website]

Dr. Kathleen Wolf, Projects Director at Human Dimensions of Urban Forestry and Urban Greening (School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington) documents and investigates the human/nature connection at Green Cities: Good Health.  "Metro nature - including trees, parks, gardens, and natural areas - enhance quality of life in cities and towns. The experience of nature improves human health and well-being in many ways. Nearly 40 years of scientific studies tell us how." [K Wolf Website]

Photo by Joel Bedford, Flickr, Creative Commons by-nd

Susan Granbery (GFC) and Paul Revell (VDOF) Receive NASF Awards
posted Sep 25, 2012 03:48 PM by dhartel

Susan Granbery, Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator, Georgia Forestry Commission was selected for the Austin Short Current Achievement Award for Communications.  Susan was recognized for her successful efforts over the past two years to expand The American Grove, an online urban and community forestry community.

Paul Revell, Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator, Virginia Department of Forestry received the Stewart Pequignot Current Achievement Award for Urban Forestry.  Paul ... has developed and managed an excellent and productive program in Virginia. His leadership and contributions on the state, regional and national level, have helped educate decision makers about the value of urban and community forestry and how it improves the overall health of a community.

Awards were presented at the NASF 2012 Annual Meeting in Cheyenne, Wyoming last week.  Each year NASF members nominate individuals for awards representing different categories that reflect the work they have done to promote, support and strengthen the forestry community nationwide.

Full story and additional state awards at: NASF

Urban Soils - Research at Morton Arboretum
posted Sep 05, 2012 01:09 PM by dhartel

Over the past decade the Morton Arboretum has developed an intensive urban soils research program and  a wealth of information investigating the soils relationship to tree growth and health.  They are also a participant in the Urban Tree Growth & Longevity working group, and have an on-line curriculum for soils:  Introduction to Soil Science.

A summary Bryant Scharenbroch's latest research on improving urban soils with compost and hardwood mulch is here: "The Right Stuff", or  "Compaction and Remediation of Urban Dirt".

Learn more at http://www.mortonarb.org/urban-soil-science.html

Essential Resources for Urban Tree Risk Management
posted Aug 30, 2012 08:50 AM by dhartel

Recent publication of ANSI standards and BMPs for urban tree risk management makes it imperative that the profession change and adapt.

Urban Tree Risk Management: A Community Guide to Program. Design and Implementation, NA-TP-03-03, J.D. Pokorny (Coordinating Author), 2003 [http://1.usa.gov/OHL8QV]

ANSI A300 (Part 9) Tree Risk Assessment a. Tree Structure Assessment, TCIA, 2011 [http://bit.ly/U904tl]

Best Management Practices: Tree Risk Assessment, E.T. Smiley, N. Matheny, and S. Lilly, International Society of Arboriculture, 2012 [http://bit.ly/PMCimI]

Example Tree Risk Specifications for Municipalities and Arborists

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