1. New Online Tool Estimates Carbon and Energy Impact of Trees

    DAVIS, Calif.— A tree is more than just a landscape design feature. Planting trees on your property can lower energy costs and increase carbon storage, reducing your carbon footprint. A new online tool developed by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection...
  2. Santa Monica Registers First Urban Forest Protocol Project

    Congratulations to the City of Santa Monica and Walt Warriner Santa Monica’s Community Forester.  Their submission was accepted as the Climate Action Reserve’s (CAR) first urban forest project!  There is a tremendous opportunity to learn from Walt as the project goes through verification and begins quantifying carbon stored in trees...
  3. L.A. Climate Study Shows Need for Cooling Effect of Tree Canopies

    Los Angeles, CA (June 19, 2012)- The City of Los Angeles has announced findings from one of the most sophisticated regional climate studies ever produced, predicting temperatures for as far out as the years 2041 – 2060. The bottom line: it’s going to get hot.   According to Los Angeles...
  4. Boy Scouts Plant Trees in Santa Monica

    Boy Scouts plant trees for achievement, environment   By Ashley Archibald, Santa Monica Daily Press     A stand of young California sycamores, supported by poles nearly as tall as the trees themselves, line what used to be a dilapidated asphalt pad, sentinels against the waves of invisible chemicals and...
  5. Carbon Offsets & the Urban Forest

    The California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) calls for a 25% statewide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. How are you responding? Urban forest offset projects are in their early stages and there is uncertainty as to their effectiveness. However, by involving the business sector in climate protection, the...
  6. New web portal for climate and land use planning information

    The State of California has embarked on an effort to encourage and promote sustainable land use planning through passage of legislation such as Senate Bill 375, and the funding of several grant programs.  Under Senate Bill 375, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) will prepare Sustainable Community Strategies (SCS) and include them...