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Trees

March 22, 2021, 6am PDT
A new study shows that regular exposure to trees and green spaces has a powerful impact on depression and mental health.
The Guardian
Blog post
January 31, 2021, 9am PST

Communities have good reasons to protect trees and forests. Planners can help make this happen.

Todd Litman
November 24, 2020, 9am PST
Google has unveiled a new tool called Tree Canopy Lab in an effort to keep cities like Los Angeles cool by helping them to know where to plant more trees.
The Verge
November 22, 2020, 9am PST
New research shows that increasing park acreage in areas that face park deficits and low levels of tree canopy could lead to significant population-level increases in life expectancy.
Parks & Recreation Magazine
October 13, 2020, 11am PDT
Former University of Hawaii professor Tom Dinell makes a case for the need for more trees in Honolulu, with recommendations that can be applied in other cities as well.
Honolulu Civil Beat
October 7, 2020, 7am PDT
Data collected from 13 million tree planting records in 473 urban areas across 73 countries provides insight into the role of urban trees in biodiversity conservation.
Cosmos Online
October 6, 2020, 6am PDT
The forthcoming Boston Urban Forestry Plan is expected to support communities that have been disproportionately exposed to environmental stressors.
Smart Cities Dive
August 31, 2020, 8am PDT
As part of the Trillion Trees Initiative, cities across the country are pledging to plant trees and restore urban forests to fight climate change and cool off disadvantaged communities.
Bloomberg CityLab
February 16, 2020, 9am PST
The first phases of a plan to remake the downtown Los Angeles plaza into a more inviting, accessible public space are going to kick off soon.
Curbed Los Angeles
January 14, 2020, 9am PST
A segment of the planned U.S.-Mexico border wall would cut across the San Pedro River and threaten the area’s wildlife and plants.
Herald/Review
December 28, 2019, 1pm PST
The eucalyptus is an exotic species in California, and studies suggest it has contributed to an increase in wildfire hazards. But defenders of the trees say the eucalyptus is just an ecological scapegoat.
The Guardian
December 10, 2019, 1pm PST
Philadelphia's new "Tree Canopy Assessment" both records the damage of the past decade and makes the case for a new path forward when in comes to prioritizing the city's tree canopy.
WHYY
November 12, 2019, 1pm PST
Los Angeles is rolling out a street tree inventory to complement other sustainability measures included in its own Green New Deal. The focus is on underserved neighborhoods.
Smart Cities Dive
November 6, 2019, 12pm PST
Urban trees play an essential role in making cities livable and countering the effects of climate change.
The Guardian
October 16, 2019, 1pm PDT
The city of Cleveland will hope to reap environmental and economic rewards by spending $1 million a year to regrow its tree canopy.
Cleveland.com
August 25, 2019, 11am PDT
In communities lacking green space, public access to upgraded school playgrounds is a win-win solution.
Fast Company
August 23, 2019, 2pm PDT
As temperatures rise, there are some relatively simple changes cities can implement to cut cooling costs and deal with spells of extreme heat.
Fast Company
August 15, 2019, 11am PDT
Parts of the city desperately need more trees, but some residents worry about the long-term effects of tree planting in neighborhoods.
Crosscut
August 8, 2019, 10am PDT
Most of the reasons street trees are sometimes unpopular with residents are either untrue or can be mitigated.
PlanPhilly
August 1, 2019, 5am PDT
Tree canopies deliver the most benefits to health and social outcomes to neighborhoods.
Pacific Standard