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Double Jeopardy: Mapping Social Vulnerability and Climate Change in Georgia
posted May 31, 2018 03:19 AM by doutlaw

In this issue of Leaves of Change you will learn about a recent study in Georgia that addressed two key questions: Will the physical effects of climate change be more apparent in some areas? Will certain populations and communities be affected more than others? You will also learn about the Centers’ recent training and outreach activities, recommended resources, and upcoming events related to urban and interface forestry.


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Bonnie Appleton Memorial Fund
posted Jan 29, 2015 10:47 AM by dhartel

Bonnie Appleton

"Bonnie Appleton was an inspiring person to her students and to the industries that she worked with.  Her research bridged many fields from horticulture and arboriculture to nursery and landscape management, landscape design and utility arboriculture.  Bonnie was a frequent speaker at chapter and national ISA events and was also involved in the development of the ISA certification program.  Her passing has been felt in the green industry across the US and internationally, we miss her passion and advocacy for horticulture and arboriculture education and research.

"To honor Bonnie, the legacy of her research, and her mentoring of many students; the Bonnie Appleton Memorial Fund was recently established at the TREE Fund.  The fund will be used to sponsor scholarships to help support undergraduate students continuing in her footsteps to benefit the green industry." B. White, VDOF

Click HERE to donate directly at TREE FUND

Loblolly Woods Helps Teach Young Scientists
posted May 31, 2018 03:19 AM by doutlaw

By Erin Jester
Gainesville Sun

More Gainesville students are walking in the woods this year, thanks in part to a nearly $14,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service.

Westwood Middle School sixth-graders are spending this school year collecting data on wildlife and the environment in Loblolly Woods alongside scientists and teachers.

“There are a lot of benefits,” said Annie Hermansen-Baez, a scientist with the U.S. Forest Service. Students get out of the classroom and experience the woods that are right in their own backyard.

The entire sixth-grade class at Westwood is working in Loblolly Woods, which adjoins the school.

The project is funded through the U.S. Forest Service's More Kids in the Woods initiative, and was the project funded in Florida this year.

More Kids in the Woods seeks to connect children with the outdoors. This year, the Forest Service selected about 30 projects with that goal for funding.

Also lending a hand to the project are Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs; the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department; the University of Florida's School of Forest Resources and Conservation; and Camp Crystal Lake, which will organize a school camp-out and nighttime nature walk in the spring.

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Portland's Green Infrastructure Featured
posted Jul 15, 2013 09:37 AM by dhartel

The current issue of Stormwater discusses Portland (OR) green infrastructure projects and the three components for success:

  • engaged, (GI) supportive local government
  • development community that recognizes the benefits
  • design community that can implement green projects

The Downspout Disconnect andPhoto: Credit Nevue Ngan Green Streets programs are at the heart of their CSO (combined sewer overflow) solution.

See other LID resources at Stormwater (magazine).

Photo Credit: Nevue Ngan

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Partnership Spurs Diversity Outreach Projects in Texas
posted Apr 11, 2019 11:33 AM by doutlaw

Years ago, John Warner, an urban district forester with the Texas A&M Forest Service and a longtime InterfaceSouth partner, recognized that landownership patterns in the southeastern part of the state around Houston were changing rapidly. Latino, Chinese, and Vietnamese families from Houston were moving to the interface and buying 5–20 acre tracts of forestland within his rapidly growing multi-county district. He realized that the agency was going to have to change its communication approach to reach many of these new forest landowners. “As an agency, we know how to communicate with traditional landowners,” says Warner. “However, outreach to different ethnic groups is something new for us.”

In 2007, an opportunity to reach these new landowners presented itself when Warner met Tamberly Conway, a graduate student in the College of Forestry and Agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University. Conway was working with Latino Legacy, a program established by the university and funded by the USDA Forest Service’s [USFS] More Kids in the Woods program to connect Latino communities with the public lands and forestlands in the Houston area through bilingual conservation education programming. (Conway has since been hired by the USFS as a conservation education specialist working remotely in Texas for the USFS’s office in Washington, D.C.)

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Connecting Kids to the Hogtown Creek Watershed in Gainesville, Florida
posted May 31, 2018 03:19 AM by doutlaw

InterfaceSouth and local partners, including the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation, the Gainesville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, and Alachua County Environmental Protection, received funding from this year’s Forest Service More Kids in the Woods (MKIW) cost share funding opportunity to engage middle school students in outdoor science learning activities in Gainesville’s Hogtown Creek Watershed. The MKIW program supports activities and programs designed to spark curiosity about nature and promote learning through applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics principles.

Project partners will collaborate with Westwood science teachers to conduct outdoor science learning activities and service learning projects within the nearby watershed. Partners will also organize a school camp out and participate in career day events and science fairs. Science middle school teachers will be provided professional development opportunities through a train-the-teacher workshop. Project successes, materials and information will be shared locally, regionally and nationally through our combined partner networks.

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Leaves of Change Weekly
posted May 31, 2018 03:19 AM by doutlaw

Visit our newest form of communication - the Leaves of Change Weekly. This Wordpress site includes informational posts about upcoming conferences, Center activities, links to related articles, job announcements, and much more. You can sign up for the weekly to bi-weekly newsletter on the site at:

New Englanders - Get ready for Tree Observations!
posted Feb 14, 2013 04:52 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)

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Tree Observers Needed!
posted Feb 14, 2013 04:41 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)

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Green Schools National Conference 2013
posted May 31, 2018 03:19 AM by doutlaw

Come to the 3rd Annual Green Schools National Conference in West Palm Beach, February 22-24, 2013. The goal of the conference is to connect like-minded and passionate education, non-profit, corporate, and public sector individuals and organizations that help advance the national green and healthy schools movement.


To learn more about this conference click here.


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