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.
This document provides approaches that local government officials and municipal program managers in small to midsize communities can use to incorporate green infrastructure components into work they are doing in public spaces. The document presents examples and case studies of how integrating green infrastructure methods can enhance retrofits and maintenance projects and provide other multiple community benefits.
American Forests, with grant support from the U.S. Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, developed this resource guide to provide a framework for practitioners interested in doing urban forest ecosystem assessments. This guide is divided into three main sections designed to walk you through the process of selecting the best urban forest assessment tool for your needs and project. In this guide, you will find:
- Urban Forest Management, which explains urban forest management and the tools used for
- How to Choose an Urban Forests Ecosystem Assessment Tool, which details the series of
questions you need to answer before selecting a tool
- Urban Forest Ecosystem Assessment Tools, which offers descriptions and usage tips for the
most common and popular assessment tools available
This study investigated 101 public high schools in southeastern Michigan to examine the role played by the availability of nearby nature in student academic achievement and behavior. The analyses revealed consistent and systematically positive relationships between nature exposure and student performance. Specifically, views with greater quantities of trees and shrubs from cafeteria as well as classroom windows are positively associated with standardized test scores, graduation rates, percentages of students planning to attend a four-year college, and fewer occurrences of criminal behavior.
EPA’s Green Infrastructure office provides extensive support to communities planning or implementing green infrastructure projects.
Most US cities suffer from increasing heat island effects. Hotter summers lead to as many as 8,000 deaths a year. And that number’s growing too.
Low-resolution satellite imagery collected and collated by various government agencies. Helpful to identify areas with high levels of impervious surface.
It’s a mix: soil, sand, compost and other materials depending on your objectives.
Bioswales are a critical component of a water-sensitive urban design (or a low-impact urban design), and incorporation of trees into these green infrastructural components is believed to be a novel way to return stored water to the atmosphere via transpiration. This research was conducted in The Morton Arboretum’s main parking lot, which is one of the first and largest green infrastructure installations in the midwestern United States. The parking lot is constructed of permeable pavers and tree bioswales. Trees in bioswales were evaluated for growth and condition and for their effects on water cycling via transpiration.