A searchable database of research projects published by the US Forest Service, many dealing with urban forestry. Other relevant issues touch on insects, disease and invasives.
EPA maintains a series of web guides to all aspects of green infrastructure, from planning to funding and long-term maintenance. Especially useful to determine where and how green infrastructure and urban forestry can meet federal and state rules for stormwater management. Includes many case studies, tools and calculators.
With a variety of data layers, and more added frequently, Community Commons offers non-GIS users the opportunity to create multi-level maps that can pinpoint areas of poverty, pollution and opportunities to redress environmental inequity. Also covers health, education, income, housing, food deserts and a host of other topics. Free and Easy to Use Mapping Tool.
The National Association of Regional Councils provides an up-to-date directory of regional planning organizations. Many are organized into state associations of RPOs.
This guide is intended to help engineers, planners, developers, architects, arborists, and public officials understand how trees perform and interact in a stormwater management system, and the new technologies that are being used to increase the stormwater utility function of the urban forest, even in the densest urban environments. The presence of trees in a streetscape, neighborhood, and community can decrease the amount of stormwater runoff and pollutants that reach local waters.
Tree canopy cover was inversely associated with crime in New Haven, CT. A 10% increase in tree canopy was associated with a 15% decrease in violent crime, and a 14% decrease in property crime. These results add to the body of evidence suggesting trees’ crime prevention potential in cities around the nation.
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a special funding tool used by the City of Chicago to promote public and private investment across the city. Funds are used to build and repair roads and infrastructure, clean polluted land and put vacant properties back to productive use, usually in conjunction with private development projects. Many other communities have adopted similar policies.
Companies that exceed pollution caps must pay fees into a Carbon Reduction Fund. Significant proceeds, as much as $19 million, are devoted annually to urban forestry projects.
SelecTree, a tree selection guide, is an interactive program designed to help you select appropriate trees. It will match trees to particular sites based on compatible characteristics. Lists of trees generated by SelecTree should be viewed as a guide, not as the final authority in a tree search. SelecTree is maintained by the Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo.
Lenexa, Kansas earned national recognition with its Rain to Recreation initiative. The program treats the water as an amenity for the community rather than a liability, using a range of green and grey infrastructure strategies to reduce flooding and protect water quality, while also providing recreational and educational opportunities for the community. Rain to Recreation uses regulatory and non-regulatory approaches, as well as major capital projects and land acquisition to achieve its goals. Trees play a key role within these strategies. Land within floodplains and riparian zones that are purchased outright are being restored with native vegetation, including trees to increase infiltration of rainwater and filter out pollutants before they reach the river.