1. Benefits of Trees Backed by Research

    We all know trees are beautiful and many of us in the urban and community forestry world can give a laundry list of the other benefits trees provide. Now, Alliance for Community Trees has made it easy for us to refer people to the research that backs up that list of benefits. ACTrees has compiled a resource list of the many scientifically-proven benefits of trees in a single document. Grouped by category, the benefits and corresponding studies speak to the enormous value of urban and community trees. Click here to view the document.
  2. New Grant Program for ACTrees Member Organizations

    Alliance for Community Trees is pleased to announce the Alliance for Community Trees People’s Garden Grants, a new program designed to explore and deepen the connections between community trees and urban agriculture. Now in their pilot year, the ACTrees People’s Garden Grants will promote the connections between trees and urban agriculture by supporting the planting of shade trees to shelter and protect community gardens, and fruit and nut trees to serve as food resources for surrounding communities. The total sum of grant awards is $125,000, which will be distributed in grants of up to $5,000 each to awardees. Applications are...
  3. EPA Requests Proposals for Urban Waters Small Grants

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to award between $1.8 to $3.8 million in funding for projects across the country to help restore urban waters by improving water quality and supporting community revitalization. The funding is part of EPA’s Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve, and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land. Healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance educational, recreational and employment opportunities in nearby communities. The goal of the Urban Waters Small Grants program is to fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that...
  4. Top 101 Conservation Projects

    Yesterday, the Department of the Interior released a list of the top 101 conservation projects throughout the country. These projects were identified as a part of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. Two California projects made the list: San Joaquin River and Los Angeles River Trail & San Gabriel River Trail Improvements. For more information about these and other projects throughout the country, visit America’s Great Outdoors: A Promise to Future Generations.
  5. 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 and economic benefits they bring to sustainable and vibrant cities. The VCUF task force set out to craft a vision, set of goals and recommendations that will advance urban forestry and natural resources stewardship into the next decade and beyond. The 25 individuals who comprise the task force include the...
  6. Can trees make you happy?

    Read this interview from OnEarth Magazine with Dr. Kathleen Wolf, a social scientist at both the University of Washington’s School of Forest Resources and at the U.S. Forest Service, who studies how trees and green spaces can make urban dwellers healthier and happier.  Read the interview here to learn about Dr. Wolf’s fascinating research. Braun, Ashley. “Can A Tree Make You Happy?” OnEarth Magazine 8 March 2011  
  7. Tree Leaves Fight Pollution

    The tree planting organizations in the ReLeaf Network keep reminding the public that we need to reduce pollution and greenhouse gases. But plants are already doing their part. Research published online earlier this month in Science shows that deciduous tree leaves, such as those from the maple, aspen, and poplar, suck up far more atmospheric pollutants than previously thought. For a full abstract, visit ScienceNOW, Science magazine’s blog.
  8. Public Health & Urban Greening: Integrated Approaches…Multiple Solutions

    What: The benefits of urban greening go far beyond the obvious aesthetic qualities. Come learn how urban greening can help improve public health by improving our physical, psychological, and social well being. Who: Learn from one of California’s experts in urban greening: Dr. Desiree Backman, Deputy Director, Sacramento Tree Foundation When: Thursday, July 15 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (feel free to bring your own lunch) Where: California Department of Public Health Pine Room, Building 171 1501 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento If you are not able to attend in person, you may join this meeting via a conference call. To join, call...