Tag: urban forestry

Urban Tree Monitoring Video Series Part 1: Getting Started

Field monitoring of urban trees is essential to understanding how urban forests change over time. Part 1 of this 5-part animated series “Getting Started” is a broad overview to help viewers begin to undertake urban tree monitoring projects.

Watch other segments of the Urban Tree Monitoring series.

Part 2: Mortality Status
Part 3: Trunk Diameter

Part 4: Location Methods
Part 5: Managing Field Work

The series was produced by the U.S. Forest Service, which also offers two related publications:

Urban Tree Monitoring: A Field Guide
This report provides detailed protocols for urban tree monitoring data collection. Specifically, we discuss the core variables necessary for field-based monitoring projects, including field crew identification, field crew experience level, tree record identifier, location, site type, land use, species, mortality status, crown vigor, and trunk diameter. The intent of this Field Guide is to serve urban forest managers and researchers who collect longitudinal field data on urban trees, as well as interns and citizen scientists. DOWNLOAD THE FIELD GUIDE

Urban Tree Monitoring: A Resource Guide
This is a companion document to the Field Guide. DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE GUIDE



Urban Tree Monitoring Video Series Part 2: Mortality Status

Field monitoring of urban trees is essential to understanding how urban forests change over time. Part 2 of this his 5-part animated series focuses on how to correctly categorize the mortality or survival status of each tree in a long-term monitoring study.

Part 1: Getting Started
Part 3: Trunk Diameter
Part 4: Location Methods
Part 5: Managing Field Work

The series was produced by the U.S. Forest Service, which also offers two related publications:

Urban Tree Monitoring: A Field Guide
This report provides detailed protocols for urban tree monitoring data collection. Specifically, we discuss the core variables necessary for field-based monitoring projects, including field crew identification, field crew experience level, tree record identifier, location, site type, land use, species, mortality status, crown vigor, and trunk diameter. The intent of this Field Guide is to serve urban forest managers and researchers who collect longitudinal field data on urban trees, as well as interns and citizen scientists. DOWNLOAD THE FIELD GUIDE

Urban Tree Monitoring: A Resource Guide
This is a companion document to the Field Guide. DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE GUIDE



Urban Tree Monitoring Video Series Part 4: Location Methods

Field monitoring of urban trees is essential to understanding how urban forests change over time. Part 4 of this 5-part animated series “Location Methods,” focuses on how to accurately locate trees as part of an urban tree monitoring project.

Watch other segments of the Urban Tree Monitoring series.

Part 1: Getting Started
Part 2: Mortality Status
Part 3: Trunk Diameter
Part 5: Managing Field Work

The series was produced by the U.S. Forest Service, which also offers two related publications:

Urban Tree Monitoring: A Field Guide
This report provides detailed protocols for urban tree monitoring data collection. Specifically, we discuss the core variables necessary for field-based monitoring projects, including field crew identification, field crew experience level, tree record identifier, location, site type, land use, species, mortality status, crown vigor, and trunk diameter. The intent of this Field Guide is to serve urban forest managers and researchers who collect longitudinal field data on urban trees, as well as interns and citizen scientists. DOWNLOAD THE FIELD GUIDE

Urban Tree Monitoring: A Resource Guide
This is a companion document to the Field Guide. DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE GUIDE

 



Event to Highlight ‘Urban Wood from Coast to Coast’

“Urban Wood from Coast to Coast” is the working title of a three-hour session planned for the annual Partners in Community Forestry Conference Nov. 20-21 in Cleveland, OH.

This interactive session will tentatively include information and project examples from Baltimore, MD; throughout California, and the Upper Midwest region. The session will demonstrate how urban trees and wood deconstruction materials are being put to use as value materials through local networks across the country.

Supporting highlights being planned, include:
● Video Showcase: show series of #forestproud 5-minute videos on urban reclaimed and fresh cut wood;
● Maker Showcase: show examples of products, branding, and social media campaigns that work;
● Discussion and update of opportunities to connect urban wood with green market opportunities, including green building and certification;
● Explore the economics of urban wood: how to develop a business plan to launch a fresh-cut urban wood operation; and
● Engage in roundtable discussions on regional urban wood initiatives in California, the Upper Midwest, Baltimore, and other areas.

Katie Fernholz of Dovetail Partners and Sarah Hines of the USDA Forest Service are leading the effort. They are working with Pete Smith, urban forestry program manager of the Arbor Day Association.

Learn more about the conference at arborday.org.



Study: U.S. Metro Areas Losing 36M Trees Annually

A new study authored by David Nowak Eric Greenfield of the U.S. Forest Service concludes that the U.S. is losing some 36 million trees each year in U.S. metropolitan areas. That equates to about 175,000 acres of mostly urban forest.

The study, published in Urban Forestry & Urban Greenery, has been cited by numerous media and websites including Science Alert. The Science Alert article notes that the tree loss totals about $96 million a year in benefits such as removal of air pollution, sequestering carbon and conserving energy by providing shade to buildings.

Urban development, catastrophic storms like Hurricane Katrina and insect infestation are among the culprits to the nation’s shrinking urban tree canopy.

The researchers used paired aerial photographs from Google Earth to monitor forest coverage in 1,000 locations for each of the 50 states across the United States from 2009 to 2014, according to Science Alert.

Read Science Alerts‘ full article.



Webinar Registration Open: The Urban Wood Network – Join the Movement

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 / 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST

The Urban Wood Network invites land owners, arborists, sawyers, woodworkers and all others interested in helping advance the urban wood movement to participate in this free 90-minute webinar.

Learn more about the UWN, its goals and how to become a member. In addition, ask questions or share your input with how the UWN can best serve your needs.

The Urban Wood Network was founded in 2017 by individuals and entities from Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin who have been dedicated to building urban wood businesses since the early 2000s.  We united to promote and demonstrate urban wood utilization. We are doing more than just saving trees from a waste stream; we are giving them a second life at their highest use, whether its mulch and firewood or premium end products like furniture and flooring.

We’ve learned from experience that the only way to have an ultimate impact, to truly establish full circle urban forestry management, is to work cooperatively from arborist to value-added manufacturer on a local level. A cohesive supply chain is the only way to get the highest product from these trees. Now, we want to use our collective experiences to assist other businesses and others to join this developing industry.

Plan on to join us for this webinar and learn how you can join the urban wood movement.  Speakers will include Don Peterson, Rich Christianson, Russel Hinnah, Jessica Simons, and Dwayne Sperber.

This webinar is provided free of charge, but pre-registration is required.  Register by April 13.  For additional information or questions, contact the Urban Wood Network at info@urbanwoodnetwork.org or 906.875.3720.

Agenda

  1. Introduction
  • Bringing Urban Forestry Full Circle – A USDA Forest Service Grant
  • Founding Members
  1. The Urban Wood Network (UWN)
  • Mission
  • Membership
  • How to join
  • How can the UWN serve you?
  1. Future Webinars for:
  • Arborists
  • Municipalities
  • Saw mills
  • Value-added
  • Retailers

About the Presenters
Don Peterson is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Resources Institute and Wisconsin Urban Wood.  Don has led the development of several forest industry related associations and has facilitated large-scale mechanized tree removals in urban settings in Wisconsin.

Rich Christianson is Owner of Richson Media, a Chicago-based communications firm focused on the North American woodworking industry and is Communications Director of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team.

Russell Hinnah is a Community Forestry Program Supervisor and Certified Arborist at the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Jessica Simons is the owner of Verdant Stewardship, a consultancy with expertise in urban wood use and other natural resources management issues. She coordinates the Michigan Urban Wood Network and the national Firewood Scout program on behalf of the Sustainable Resources Alliance and provides ongoing support for Recycle Ann Arbor’s Urbanwood Project.

Dwayne Sperber, Owner of Wudeward Forest Products, is a supplier or urban wood, an industry advocate, a Wisconsin Urban Wood founding partner, and a member of the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council.

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On Demand: WERC Urban Wood Utilization Webcast

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The Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC) in Princeton, VA, is an office of the U.S. Forest Service, Northeastern Area. WERC’s mission is to facilitate interaction and information exchange with the forest products industry to enhance opportunities for sustained forest products production in the eastern hardwood forest region of the United States. As part of its involvement with urban wood utilization, WERC conducts biannual conference calls that allow urban wood groups to exchange ideas and learn from one another. These conference calls are archived as webcasts on the WERC’s website.

The most recent webcast from April 2016 includes presentations on Tree Care Industry Association’s draft urban forest products standard; overview of mechanical harvesting of urban trees in Kenosha County, WI; updates from Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin; and an overview of Michigan State University’s Sustainable Wood Recovery Initiative.

Click here to download the April 2016 WERC Urban Wood Utilization Webcast.

Click here to view list of all WERC Urban Wood Utilization Webcasts.



Forest Fast Break Video: Urban Forests

Dovetail Partners hosts ForestInfo.com, which hosts a series of videos called Forest Fast Breaks. Each video is designed to convey complex forestry topics into concise, engaging animated shorts with sound effects and narration. The videos are suitable for third grade through adult learners.

Oregon Forest Resources Institute produced the videos. Urban Forest Fast Breaks related to urban forestry were produced with support from the North Carolina Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program.

See all Forest Fast Break videos.

 



USDA Forest Service Awards Urban Forestry Challenge Grants

USDA-Urban-ForestryAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the 2016 USDA Forest Service’s National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge grant recipients. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $900,000 in funding to four goal recipients who will demonstrate how healthy urban forests can increase public health benefits, improve development and redevelopment efforts, and contribute to urban food production

“Urban forests are integral to strong, vital, and healthy communities, enriching the lives of the more than 80 percent of Americans who live in cities and towns,” Vilsack said. “The grants announced today will make important strides in innovative research and community projects that will help keep our urban forests valuable contributors to our daily lives.”

Forest Chief Tom Tidwell said, “As our urban communities grow and  confront rapid development and climate change, urban trees will be more important than ever by  providing  rich habitats, capturing storm water and helping provide clean air and water. The grant recipients will help to improve the public’s health, well-being and create resilient ecosystems for present and future generations.”

The grant recipients, whose work will highlight the economic and social value of urban forests, are committing an additional $1.1 million to their projects bringing the total investment through this project to $2 million.

In the United States alone, urban trees store over 708 million tons of carbon, which is equivalent to the annual carbon emissions from about 500 million automobiles. Urban trees help further reduce emissions by lowering electricity demand for summer air conditioning and winter heating. Well-maintained urban forests can help address climate and extreme weather impacts by reducing storm water runoff, buffering high winds, controlling erosion and minimizing the impacts of drought. Urban forests also provide critical social and cultural benefits providing places for people to recreate and gather with their communities.

The U.S. Forest Service, together with many partners, plays a pivotal role in ensuring urban and community forests continue to provide their life enriching benefits. In partnership with state forestry agencies, the Forest Service helps over 7,000 communities to plan, manage, and grow urban forests through the Urban and Community Forestry Program and the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council’s Ten Year Action Plan.

The 2016 grant recipients and amounts are:

State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry,

A Decision Support System to Develop, Analyze, and Optimize Urban and Community Forests: $285,340 to create a decision support system for i-­Tree Landscape to allow forest managers and planners to achieve desired benefits and service from urban and community forests. Developed by the Forest Service, i-Tree is a ground-breaking interactive web tool helping communities identify and make the most of their urban trees.

Earth Learning Inc., Community Food Forestry Initiative: $175,627

to address tree canopy loss due to re-development by providing planners, decision-makers, and designers  with a comprehensive set of resources to integrate food-producing trees and plants into the urban landscape.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dept. of Recreation, Sport and Tourism, Urban Forestry’s Return On Investment Tying Residential Nature To Health Care Expenditures: $278,383 to document the effects of urban and community forests on health care savings by examining the impacts of urban forests on major U.S. population groups, particularly the underserved, giving the findings direct relevance to communities across the nation.

Georgia State University, The Impact of Natural Environments on Symptom Expression in Children with Autism$160,650 to research the impact of nature on symptom severity in children with autism. A “Lessons Learned” document will provide best practices for working with children with autism.

For more information about the National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge grant recipients, please visit www.fs.fed.us/ucf/nucfac.html.

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MSU Retails Wood Goods Crafted from Campus Trees

By Rich Christianson

Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing, MI, is graduating many of its felled campus trees into lumber, dining tables, picture frames and other wood products, rather than relegating them to the chipper for mulch and biofuel.

The university created the MSU Shadows Collection as part of its Sustainable Wood Recovery Initiative. The collectibles, ranging from business card holders ($25) and diploma-sized frames ($50 to $150) to an American elm Waterford side Table ($750) and walnut coffee and occasional table set ($2,150), are all produced by local artisans from trees removed from campus due to decline, storm damage or construction. The items are sold online through the MSU Surplus Store with profits supporting the MSU Department of Forestry and the planting of new trees on the university’s campus

According to a presentation by Paul Swartz, campus arborist, there are more than 24,200 trees on the 2,100-acre campus and approximately 3,000 acres of farms south of the main campus. In the past these trees and branches were chipped and used as landscaping much or burned as biomass fuel. But that was before the university adopted the Sustainable Wood Recovery Initiative, “a cross-functional collaborative formed to look at processes and development of comprehensive business plan for urban wood utilization on campus.”

Among the many highlights of the initiative noted by Swartz include:

  • Developing a model recovery and repurposing supply-chain system for trees removed from MSU for the development of value added products that provide economic, environmental and social benefits to the MSU community;
  • Creating a comprehensive campus tree management system that expands the current tree inventory, maintenance, and removal practices to include wood recovery and utilization;
  • Moving from “cradle-to-grave” to a recycling-based “cradIe-to-cradIe” plan;
  • Improving waste reduction and conserving resources in line with the highest and best-use model of solid waste management promoted by MSU Sustainability; and
  • Improving the university’s total capacity for carbon sequestration through long-term use of solid wood products.

The program is being directed by Dan Brown, wood recovery coordinator at MSU. Approximately 300 trees will be removed each year. Logs suited for lumber will be milled and kiln dried MSU in a 45-year-old steam kiln operated by students under Brown’s guidance. The kiln will dry about 10,000 board feet of lumber per year.

Brown attended the March 18 Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference in Oak Brook. He toted an American elm waterfall side table made by Michigan artisan Nathan Shaver to the conference that was displayed in the Urban Wood Products Showcase.