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Quantifying the benefits of urban forest systems as a component of the green infrastructure stormwater treatment network
The use of green infrastructure for reducing stormwater runoff is increasingly common. One under‐studied component of the green infrastructure network is the urban forest system. Trees can play an important role as the “first line of defense” for restoring more natural hydrologic regimes in urban ...
Gravel Bed Tree Planting Series - Construction
This document provides instructions for designing, constructing, and maintaining a gravel bed for growing bare-root trees in the South. read more...
Gravel Bed Tree Planting Series – Five-Year Growth Data
This case study documents 5-year diameter growth data of four different tree species out-planted from a gravel bed in Athens, GA. read more...
Gravel Bed Tree Planting Series – Growth Data by Planting Date
Timing of out-planting trees from a gravel bed has been shown to have an impact on diameter growth. Out-planting later in the growing season allows bare-root trees to establish root systems through fall, giving the trees a head start on diameter growth the following growing season compared to trees ... read more...
Gravel Bed Tree Planting Series – Survival Data
This case study documents the rate of survival after 5 years for saplings grown in a gravel bed for 7-15 months and out-planted around Athens, GA. read more...
The Health of Trees in Bioretention: A Survey and Analysis of Influential Variables
This research study compared the health of trees in bioretention systems in TN and NC with trees in other open-grown, urban settings.
US Urban Forest Statistics, Values, and Projections
Urban & community forestry research article from the Journal of Forestry showing trends and projections in urban land expansion from 2000 to 2060. Information in this paper provides an estimate of the magnitude and variation of the urban forest resource nationally, its likely expansion in the ... read more...
Greening the Grey - Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Development (11-DG-11132544-130)
A deliverable for NUCFAC: Green Infrastructure Assessment: Mapping and Evaluating the Support System for Green Infrastructure Planning in the United States read more...
Green Infrastructure Assessment: Mapping and Evaluating the Support System for Green Infrastructure Planning - Progress Report (11-DG-11132544-130)
 
Green Infrastructure Assessment Survey Overview (11-DG-11132544-130)
 
Weather-Wise Worksheet - Additonal Presentations (11-DG-11420004-041)
Presentations by Andy Whitman to support the NUCFAC: Managing Urban Forest to Increase Community Resiliency to Climate Change. read more...
Quantification of BMP Impact (14-DG-11132540-104)
A presentation to the Forestry Workgroup Meeting, August 2016 read more...
Green Infrastructure & Forestry Toolkit (13-DG-11132544-416)
NARC and VT created the Green Infrastructure & Forestry Toolkit (GIFT) website to assist both novice and expert local governments in developing a regional green infrastructure system. GIFT is designed to be a one-stop-shop for information and resources on green infrastructure and urban forestry. ... read more...
Monitoring Tree Survival and Performance in Street-Side Stormwater Management Facilities - Progress Report (15-DG-1132544-041)
 
Jobs and Equity in the Urban Forest - Final Report (15-DG-11132544-034)
This study—co-authored by Ecotrust and PolicyLink, with extensive input, review, and data assistance from Verde—examines the economic, ecological, and social impacts of existing community-based urban forestry investments designed to benefit low-income communities of color. read more...
Jobs and Equity in the Urban Forest - Executive Summary (15-DG-11132544-034)
This study—co-authored by Ecotrust and PolicyLink, with extensive input, review, and data assistance from Verde—examines the economic, ecological, and social impacts of existing community-based urban forestry investments designed to benefit low-income communities of color. read more...
Weather-Wise Worksheet - A tool for increasing resiliency of private forests to climate change
PDF copy of the 2014 presentation to the Maine SAF Meeting (Wells Commons, Orono (ME)) read more...
Urban and Community Forestry Climate Preparedness and Response - Final Report (09-DG-11062765-032)
 
From Gray to Green - Tools - Final Report (14-DG-11132544-102)
Transitioning to Vegetation-Based Stormwater Management read more...
Integrating Trees Into Stormwater Management Design and Policy – A Guide for Local Decision Makers (15-DG-11132544-036)-Final Report
A valuable resource for promoting, facilitating and increasing the use of trees for stormwater management. read more...
Standardizing the Return on Investment in Urban and Community Forestry Resources - 2018 Update
This project designs an easily adoptable assessment methodology that informs the investment decisions of the private, public and nonprofit sectors. read more...
Making Urban Trees Count: Stormwater Performance Based Credit Calculator
CREDITING FRAMEWORK PRODUCT #6 of Making Urban Trees Count: A Project to Demonstrate the Role of Urban Trees in Achieving Regulatory Compliance for Clean Water read more...
Making Urban Trees Count: Pollutant Load Reduction Credit Tool
CREDITING FRAMEWORK PRODUCT #4 of Making Urban Trees Count: A Project to Demonstrate the Role of Urban Trees in Achieving Regulatory Compliance for Clean Water read more...
Making Urban Trees Count: Water Balance Model Documentation
CREDITING FRAMEWORK PRODUCT #2 of Making Urban Trees Count: A Project to Demonstrate the Role of Urban Trees in Achieving Regulatory Compliance for Clean Water read more...
Making Urban Trees Count: Stormwater Performance-Based Credit for Urban Tree Planting
CREDITING FRAMEWORK PRODUCT #5 of Making Urban Trees Count: A Project to Demonstrate the Role of Urban Trees in Achieving Regulatory Compliance for Clean Water read more...
Making Urban Trees Count: Documentation for Stormwater Performance-Based Credit
CREDITING FRAMEWORK PRODUCT #7 of Making Urban Trees Count: A Project to Demonstrate the Role of Urban Trees in Achieving Regulatory Compliance for Clean Water read more...
Making Urban Trees Count: Pollutant Load Reduction Credit
CREDITING FRAMEWORK PRODUCT #3 of Making Urban Trees Count: A Project to Demonstrate the Role of Urban Trees in Achieving Regulatory Compliance for Clean Water read more...
Making Urban Trees Count: Literature Review
CREDITING FRAMEWORK PRODUCT #1 of Making Urban Trees Count: A Project to Demonstrate the Role of Urban Trees in Achieving Regulatory Compliance for Clean Water read more...
Making Urban Trees Count: Design Specifications for Urban Tree Planting
CREDITING FRAMEWORK PRODUCT #8 of Making Urban Trees Count: A Project to Demonstrate the Role of Urban Trees in Achieving Regulatory Compliance for Clean Water read more...
Evaluating the influence of design strategies and meteorological factors on tree transpiration in bioretention suspended pavement practices
U.S. Forest Service, Grant/Award Number: 14‐DG‐11132540‐098 US Forest Service (USFS) National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) read more...
Errors in GIS: Assessing spatial data accuracy
This article discusses spatial data accuracy in a resource management setting, beginning with a brief description of spatial data models and an overview of spatial data accuracy (including definition, identification, quantification, and documentation). It concludes with a review of accuracies ...
How cities use parks to . . . help children learn
Childhood is a holistic process, different for each individual child. Many children do not learn effectively exclusively within a classroom.They need alternative, hands-on learning environments to match their varied learning styles. Test-driven education mandates often do not emphasize children's ...
The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America
 
Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America
 
The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America
 
Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America
 
Dallas Urban Heat Management Study
A regional climate and health assessment conducted by the Urban Climate Lab of the Georgia Institute of Technology for the Texas Trees Foundation read more...
Houston East End Students Leverage Environmental Education to Transform an Urban Food Desert into a Food Forest
This case study highlights a 2013 NUCFAC-recommended USDA Forest Service grant, Greenschools!: Model for Green Communities read more...
Targeted Urban Forestry Investments Create Community Benefits and Jobs
This case study highlights a 2015 NUCFAC-recommended USDA Forest Service grant, Evaluating the Job-Creation and Community Social and Economic Benefits of Urban Forestry and Related Green Infrastructure read more...
Nature Play Design Guidelines Support Growing Natural Interest in Connecting Children with Nature
This case study highlights a 2011 NUCFAC-recommended USDA Forest Service grant, The Natural Play and Learning Areas National Guidelines Project. read more...
Soil Organic Carbon Stocks are Larger than Expected in Urban Ecosystems
This case study highlights a 2012 NUCFAC-recommended USDA Forest Service grant, Carbon Sequestration and Resiliency of the Urban Forest read more...
Investments in Metro Nature Yields Billions of Dollars of Health Care Savings Each Year in the U.S.
This case study highlights a 2011 NUCFAC-recommended USDA Forest Service grant, Urban Forest Human Health and Well-being Benefits: Translating Evidence to Economic Valuation Models read more...
The Sustainable Urban Forest Guide: A Step-by-Step Approach
This guide is designed primarily to help municipalities assess the state of their urban forest, identify management concerns, and chart a path forward, step by step, toward long-term sustainability. read more...
Assessing the Impact of NUCFAC-recommended US Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Grants (2010-2015) - White Paper
Twenty-six grants, awarded during years 2010-2015, were assessed for a number of impact indicators.
Assessing the Impact of Urban and Community Forestry Federal Grants - Final Report
A report on funding that advances research and projects focused on improving the efficiency and quality of urban and community forests is economically, socially, and environmentally imperative. read more...
Assessing the Impact of Urban and Community Forestry Federal Grants - Summary
To demonstrate the value of NUCFAC- recommended grants, the USFS supported an assessment of twenty-six grants, awarded during the years 2010-2015. The following summary report includes results from this assessment. read more...
Stormwater Management Benefits of Trees
The benefits of trees as stormwater management practices, especially in urban and suburban settings, have recently been more widely recognized. Here, we summarize recent work describing and quantifying the stormwater management benefits of trees, especially at the individual tree and property/site ... read more...
Review of the Available Literature and Data on the Runoff and Pollutant Removal Capabilities of Urban Trees
The Center for Watershed Protection reviewed a total of 159 publications to evaluate the research questions defined in the scope of this project: 1. What is the effectiveness of urban tree planting on reducing runoff, nutrient and sediment, and 2. How does effectiveness vary by species, over time, ... read more...
The Role of Trees in Urban Stormwater Management
Arboriculture deserves additional consideration as a stormwater control measure. The reliable use of trees for stormwater control depends on improved understanding of how and to what extent trees interact with stormwater, and the context-specific consideration of optimal arboricultural practices ...
LEAF Summit - UCF Focus Perspective and Human Health
USDA FS national approach to interpreting and using urban forest research (the national technology & science delivery team) – with trees and human health as the focus. read more...
Urban Forest and Human Health Links and Discussion
A selected list of links of the relationship between human health and urban green read more...
Quantifying the benefits of urban forest systems as a component of the green infrastructure stormwater treatment network
The purpose of this literature review is to highlight the limited research performed, document areas of need for quantifying the benefits of urban trees for stormwater management, and provide a basis for providing credits for trees in stormwater designs.
All You Need to Know About Community Gravel Beds
Guide developed by University of Minnesota showing how to construct and maintain a gravel bed (including costs) for growing bare-root trees. read more...
Give Me the Numbers: How Trees and Urban Forest Systems Really Affect Stormwater Runoff (Presentation Notes)
Presentation notes from presentation given by Aarin Teague and Eric Kuehler at StormCon 2016 Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN on August 23, 2016. read more...
Give Me the Numbers: How Trees and Urban Forest Systems Really Affect Stormwater Runoff
Presentation given by Aarin Teague and Eric Kuehler at 2016 StormCon Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN on August 23, 2016 read more...
2014-2015 Atlanta i-Tree Eco Project Results
This i-Tree Eco report outlines the environmental benefits of the City of Atlanta, GA urban forest from data collected on 443 plots in 2014 and 2015. read more...
Urban Forest Sustainability and Management Review - Factsheet
A one page factsheet describing the UFSMR. read more...
Urban Forest Sustainability and Management Review - Discovery Catagory Matrix
This is a PDF of the table for summarizing document discovery by category and element. Provides a visual "gap" analysis across the review/audit spectrum of evaluation. read more...
GIS Tools and Domains for Urban Forestry
A handout for the 10th Southern Forestry and Natural Resource Management GIS Conference, December 7-8, 2015, Georgia Center for Continuing Education, Athens (GA) presentation by Rama Sivakumar and Dudley Hartel. read more...
Rock Creek Watershed Stormwater Runoff Analysis: Executive Summary
The purpose of this modeling project is to estimate the benefits of increased urban tree canopy cover (TC) and reduced directly connected impervious area (DCIA) on stream water quantity and quality in the Rock Creek Watershed. The i-Tree Hydro model was used to estimate stormwater runoff volume ... read more...
Rock Creek Watershed Stormwater Runoff Analysis: i-Tree Hydro Report
This stormwater modeling case study was presented at the 17th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference in Hot Springs, AR October 21, 2015. read more...
Summary of Urban Citizen Forestry Programs
A summary of 22 citizen forestry programs in the US. read more...
Data Model for GIS Database Management and i-Tree Eco (FGDB Schema)
The schema for Georgia Tech's Center of GIS data model that supports i-Tree Eco in a file geodatabase or ArcSDE format. read more...
Data Model for GIS Database Management and i-Tree Eco (Complete Package)
The entire package to implement Georgia Tech's Center for GIS extensible GIS data model to support the 100% inventory of campus trees to the i-Tree Eco protocol. read more...
Python Tools Developed for GIS Database Management and i-Tree Eco
Georgia Tech's Center for GIS has developed Python tools for the GIS data model that automates the export of inventory data to i-Tree Eco and the subsequent import of the environmental services results. read more...
Data Model for GIS Database Management and i-Tree Eco
Georgia Tech's Center for GIS has developed an extensible GIS data model to support the 100% inventory of campus trees to the i-Tree Eco protocol. read more...
Urban Forestry File Geodatabase (FGDB) Schema
This is a schema report that summarizes the urban forestry file geodatabase created to illustrate the creation, editing, and use of domains in ArcGIS desktop, and ArcGIS Online (AGOL). read more...
Urban Forestry Using ArcGIS Domains and ArcGIS Online (AGOL)
Domains are geodatabase components designed to make GIS editing tasks faster and more accurate ensuring integrity of your database and reliability of all products derived from that data. Within ArcGIS Online (AGOL) domains become the drop-down selection lists in ESRI Collector. read more...
Urban Forest Sustainability and Management Review - Checklist
This is the current version of the Urban Forest Sustainability & Management Review checklist. Also see the beta version of the Excel spreadsheet tool. [23Feb17 Austin] read more...
Urban Tree Canopy - Discussion of 3rd Party Roles & Opportunities
A discussion, in outline form, that identifies urban tree canopy (UTC) roles for remote sensing consultants. read more...
Understanding attitudes toward adoption of green infrastructure: A case study of US municipal officials
The goal of this research was to identify attitudes that engineers, planners, and other local government staff have toward adopting GSI strategies in municipalities read more...
The Peculiarities of Pervious Cover: A research synthesis on allocating pollutant loads to urban land uses in the Chesapeake Bay
Section 7 (pp 40-44) of this report discusses how tree canopy and forest fragments should be handled/credited on pervious land in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model. read more...
Effects of distributed and centralized stormwater best management practices and land cover on urban stream hydrology at the catchment scale
This is a paired watershed research study to compare stormwater management strategy effects, including riparian buffer and tree canopy cover, on urban hydrology.
Trees, People and the Built Environment II
A compilation of urban tree and forest research papers from the Urban Trees Research Conference held at the University of Birmingham in Edgbaston, UK April 2-3, 2014
Green Infrastructure Opportunities that Arise During Municipal Operations
This document provides approaches 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 guide demonstrates ways inwhich projects can be modified relatively ...
Green Infrastructure Planning Guidelines for Coastal Georgia
This guide is addressing GI at the landscape scale; with the process for identifying, prioritizing, conserving, and managing systems (e.g. wetlands, riparian zones, natural areas, working farms & forests) read more...
Urban Runoff Pollutant Removal of Three Engineered Soils
Looks at pollutant removal for 3 common engineered soils. read more...
The Effects of Trees on Stormwater Runoff
This report summarizes the results of a literature review done for Seattle Public Utilities in 2008 of research conducted to quantify the effect of trees on stormwater runoff. read more...
Urban Forests in Florida: Trees Control Stormwater Runoff and Improve Water Quality
In this fact sheet we will show how individual trees and urban forest cover assist in maintaining our watershed health, improve water and soil quality, and lower maintenance and construction costs of water storage and treatment systems. read more...
Trees in Bioretention
This memorandum summarizes the available knowledge on the benefits and potential conflicts with trees in one specific type of stormwater management practice: bioretention. read more...
Current Resources for Urban Tree Canopy Accuracy Assessment
Lists most recent accuracy assessment discussions. read more...
Lightning Talk: Understanding Error Matrices (Accuracy Assessment)
Brief presentation (slides) on accuracy assessment for landcover classifications read more...
Green Infrastructure: Abstracts from Low Impact Development 2010
Presentation titles and abstracts from the 2010 conference: Redefining Water in The City, Proceedings of the 2010 International Low Impact Development Conference (San Francisco, California) read more...
An Urban Tree Canopy QAQC Process
Urban tree canopy (UTC) classification workflow for a QA/QC review. read more...
A mixture of urban tree species best for removing atmospheric ozone
Researchers tested the seasonal and annual removal of ozone by three types of trees; evergreen broadleaf, deciduous broadleaf, and conifer. These results demonstrate that tree types play complementary roles in stabilizing ozone removal over time and across different environmental conditions. read more...
Urban Tree Canopy and Disaster Mitigation
A one page factsheet that provides an overview of UTC assessments and uses and a more detailed discussion of using UTC for disaster planning and mitigation in your local community. read more...
ISA-BMP-Level-I-Field-Worksheet
A worksheet that incorporates ANSI A300 Part 9 Scope of Work requirements and field data collection for Level 1 tree risk assessments. read more...
Synthesis Pathways for Tree Risk Assessment
A "checklist" of risk characteristics for tree risk assessment based on the ISA Tree Risk Assessment BMP and ANSI A300 Part 9. read more...
Urban Forestry Annotation of the NDRF Continuum
Illustrates the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) Recovery Continuum of Activities (Page 8; Figure 1) with relevant urban forestry and UFST activities. read more...
Green Streets Active Practices Guidelines
Defines required green infrastructure features for Tucson (AZ) roadways read more...
ITREE-HYDRO: SNOW HYDROLOGY UPDATE FOR THE URBAN FOREST HYDROLOGY MODEL
 
MECHANISTIC SIMULATION OF TREE EFFECTS IN AN URBAN WATER BALANCE MODE
 
Power function decay of hydraulic conductivity for a TOPMODEL-based infiltration routine
 
Surface and Upper Weather Pre-processor for i-Tree Eco and Hydro
 
Watershed hydrograph model based on surface flow diffusion
TWO-PARAMETER HYDROGRAPH MODEL read more...
Tree Ordinance Resource List
A list of current resources to help communities develop tree protection ordinances. read more...
10 Guiding Principles for Successful Ordinances
Outlines criteria for developing tree ordinances. read more...
Tree Board Press Kit
Designed for community tree boards and tree advocacy groups. Includes a press release template. Word document version available from the publisher (see URL below). read more...
How Does the City Get What it Wants - Urban Forest-Related Ordinances - Abbey
Buck Abbey's Tuesday afternoon (3:15-5:00 p.m.) presentation at the 2013 UFI
What Does the City Have - Things to Consider - Johnson
Andra Johnson's Monday morning (10:15-11:15 a.m.) presentation at the 2013 UFI read more...
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