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Manzanita tree against red rock desert background.

Planting for the Future: The Urban Trees of Tomorrow

How urban forest managers are preparing urban tree canopies for tomorrow’s climates.

May 30, 2024 - Wired

Close-up on young tree planted on urban median flanked by a sidewalk and a bike lane.

Planting Trees Where They are Most Needed

Recently, the U.S. Forest Service awarded over $1 billion in competitive grants to expand equitable access to trees and their benefits. Grantees include Los Angeles County and TreePeople, who are working to plant trees where they are most needed.

May 7, 2024 - United States Forest Service

Purple jacaranda trees in bloom in Los Angeles with tall white Art Deco buildings in background.

LA County Releases Draft Community Forest Management Plan

LA County's Chief Sustainability Office just released the discussion draft of Room to Grow, the first Community Forest Management Plan for the county.

April 21, 2024 - Los Angeles County Chief Sustainability Office

Mature jacaranda trees full of purple blooms on street in Los Angeles, California.

Expanding LA's Urban Forest

The County of Los Angeles Chief Sustainability Office is leading the effort to prepare the county's first Urban Forest Management Plan.

March 19, 2024 - Los Angeles County Chief Sustainability Office

Group of people planting a small tree.

Southern California Water District Offers $100 Rebate for Planting Trees

Residents and businesses can choose from a list of eligible trees to support efforts to boost urban tree canopies and help with stormwater retention.

March 14, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

View of One World Trade Center down straight street with bright green trees on either side.

Tree Folio NYC Aims to Monitor Urban Forest in Real Time

A new tool could help the city reach its goal of planting up to 250,000 new trees by 2035.

January 11, 2024 - Yahoo News

Sunset view of tall palm trees and shorter trees lining empty street with Los Angeles skyline and crescent moon in background.

Los Angeles Seeks Public Input for Urban Forest Plans

The County and City of Los Angeles are working together on community engagement efforts for their Urban Forest Management Plans (UFMPs).

January 9, 2024 - County of Los Angeles

Pedestrian bridge with benches in Rochester, New York with brick buildings in background.

Rochester Updating Urban Forest Master Plan

The City of Rochester (NY) is working on an update to its Urban Forest Master Plan. This updates includes a community outreach process and addresses key issues such as environmental justice, climate change, and educational opportunities.

January 2, 2024 -

Tree stump in an urban sidewalk

The Maintenance Gap in Tree Planting Programs

Tree planting is a highly visible way to show investment in a community, but without regular maintenance, street trees can become a nuisance rather than a benefit.

June 28, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Seattle skyline panorama seen from Kerry Park at sunset in golden evening light with Mount Rainier in the background, Washington State, United States of America

Washington Cities Balance Housing Development and Tree Canopy

Cities like Seattle and Bellingham are working to increase housing density while also preserving urban trees and green spaces.

May 3, 2023 - The Urbanist

Aerial view of green trees over residential neighborhood with Austin, Texas skyline in the background

Street Trees as Climate Resilience

An Austin-based urban designer explains how protecting and encouraging the planting of street trees will make the city more resilient to increasingly common extreme heat events, among many other benefits.

April 3, 2023 - Diana Ionescu

New York Street

New York City’s Tree Map Gets More Data

The online tool now shows granular, tree-level data that highlights the public health benefits and economic contributions of urban trees.

December 12, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

Urban separated bike lane with street trees on one side and cars parked on the other

How Urban Trees Save Lives

New research shows a strong connection between a healthy urban tree canopy and lowered mortality rates.

December 1, 2022 - Congress For New Urbanism

View of Los Angeles skyline against a bright orange sky with a palm tree at left

Mapping Heat Inequality

A new mapping tool underscores inequities in infrastructure that lead to higher rates of heat-related illnesses in low-income neighborhoods.

July 14, 2022 - Los Angeles Times


Greening Detroit’s Redlined Neighborhoods

A Detroit nonprofit has been planting trees in parts of the city with the lowest tree canopy.

June 22, 2022 - Next City

Thermometer infront of blurred image of street during heat wave

Extreme Heat as a Public Health Crisis

Cities can take action to improve conditions during extreme heat events and prevent heat-related deaths, many of which occur in low-income communities.

April 27, 2022 - Wired

Pioneer Square, Seattle

How To Preserve Both Affordable Housing and Urban Trees

Housing and environmental activists are calling on the city to commit to a ‘Trees and’ approach, rejecting the perceived conflict between housing affordability and a healthy urban tree canopy.

April 26, 2022 - The Stranger

A view out over the city of San Jose, with downtown highrises in the background distance and smoggy air hanging overhead.

Saving San Jose's Vanishing Tree Canopy

Trees are vanishing from the San Jose, California cityscape. The city has a plan to reverse the damage, but significant challenges stand in the way of progress.

January 12, 2022 - The Mercury News

Downtown Phoenix

To Combat Rising Heat Deaths, Phoenix Creates Heat Response and Mitigation Office

As more extreme temperatures lead to an alarming rise in heat-related deaths across the country, Phoenix is taking action with the nation's first public heat response office.

December 26, 2021 - High Country News


How the Phoenix Tree Canopy Affects Urban Temperatures

As extreme weather intensifies, cities are using trees to mitigate the effects of climate change and reduce energy consumption.

September 27, 2021 - Vox

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