1. Modern-Day Johnny Appleseeds Come to Shasta County

    This September, Common Vision, the traveling tree-planting troupe famous for turning city schoolyards into urban orchards is going rural on a special fall tour that will plant hundreds of fruit trees in Mendocino County, Shasta County, Nevada City, and Chico. Now in its 8th year on the road, Fruit Tree Tour’s veggie...
  2. Municipal Forestry Internship Program

    The Society of Municipal Arborists, in conjunction with the USDA Forest Service Urban & Community ForestryProgram and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, is launching a municipal forestry internship program for under-graduate college students interested in a career in Municipal Arboriculture.  The primary objective of thisprogram is to provide a hands-on...
  3. Webinar: Red Fields to Green Fields

    Red Fields to Green Fields is a national research effort led by Georgia Tech Research Institute in partnership with the City Parks Alliance to evaluate the potential impacts of converting financially and/or physically distressed commercial real estate to land banks — and ultimately greenspace and parks.  The initiative has the...
  4. 2011 Conference

    The Conference Join municipal arborists, urban forest managers, landscape design professionals, planners, and non-profits from across California for this unique educational and networking experience in Palo Alto. With a focus on utilizing urban forestry to revitalize California’s communities, participants will leave the conference with tools to improve the areas where...
  5. Congresswoman Matsui introduces Energy Conservation Through Trees Act

    Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced H.R. 2095, the Energy Conservation Through Trees Act, legislation that would support programs run by electric utilities that use targeted planting of shade trees in order to reduce residential energy demand.  This legislation will help homeowners lower their electric bills – and help utilities lower...
  6. Vibrant Cities & Urban Forests: A National Call to Action

    In April 2011, the U.S. Forest Service and non-profit New York Restoration Project (NYRP) convened the Vibrant Cities and Urban Forests: A National Call to Action task force outside of Washington, DC. The three-day workshop addressed the future of our nation’s urban forests and ecosystems; incorporating the health, environmental, social...
  7. Oaks in the Urban Landscape

    Oaks are highly valued in urban areas for their aesthetic, environmental, economic and cultural benefits.  However, significant impacts to the health and structural stability of oaks have resulted from urban encroachment.  Changes in environment, incompatible cultural practices, and pest problems can all lead to the early demise of our stately...
  8. The Trees That Inspired America’s Literary Greats

    Enjoy listening to this story on NPR’s “On Point”  program discussing the book Seeds: One Man’s Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees that Inspired Famous American Writers, by Richard Horton. From the old maple in Faulkner’s yard to Melville’s chestnut and Muir’s California Laurel, this story explores the trees that...