Content tagged "urban forestry"

How does reducing stormwater runoff save energy?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Stormwater runoff is a significantly growing source of pollution to our streams and rivers and is a large contributor to local flooding events. In urban...

What can I do in my community to promote energy conservation with trees?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

There are many ways you can help promote energy conservation with trees in your own community. A great place to start is with your own neighborhood or...

How does vegetation help reduce noise pollution in urban ecosystems?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Vegetation reduces noise pollution through a phenomenon called sound attenuation, which is the reduction of sound intensity. Normal attenuation of sound...

Are there subsidies or other programs that can be used to plant trees for energy conservation?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Municipalities, power companies, non-profits, and state and federal agencies may offer subsidies for tree planting in specific situations. Contact your state...

Are some trees better for energy conservation than others?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

It depends on which part of the country you live in.In northern latitudes with cold winters, dense evergreens planted to block chilling winds are important...

Is there anyone who can give me free advice about the trees near my house?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Trees located in public spaces, such as parks and street rights-of-way, are typically the responsibility of the municipality. If this is the case, consult...

I live in an apartment. How can I help conserve energy with trees?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Living in an apartment does not preclude citizens from helping their communities conserve energy with trees. Close to home, tenants can encourage landlords...

Who do I call to get permission to plant a street tree in front of my house?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Jurisdiction and authority over streetside planting spaces vary across the United States. In some localities, the city retains complete control over street...

Will trees near my home increase the chance of a lightning strike?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Lightning is one of nature's most powerful forces and is the 2nd leading cause of weather-related deaths. Since trees are often the tallest objects in the...

Will my electric or gas utility company provide me with trees for my property?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Your local gas or electric company may provide you with trees you can plant on your property. This is done to encourage the right kind of trees being planted...

How does urban forestry relate to energy conservation?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

When strategically placed, trees can conserve energy by reducing energy demands. Trees are great evapotranspiration "engines," literally cooling the air...

I'm planting a tree and shrub windbreak to shelter my home in winter. What should I take into account in locating and designing it?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

First, the windbreak should be located upwind from prevailing winter winds. If most of your winter wind comes from the north, then locate the windbreak to...

Who is responsible for taking care of the tree in front of my house?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

 Rights and responsibilities for trees in front of houses vary across states and municipalities. Residential yards abutting public roadways are often...

How do trees save energy in the winter?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

 Winter sun helps warm things up so, when deciduous trees loose their leaves, more sunshine and solar radiation are cast on homes and buildings. Money and...

How can I keep my tree small?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

The best way to keep your tree small is to plant a species that does not grow large.  Ask your local extension office, state forestry, natural resources or...

What is the difference between a Certified Arborist and a Consulting Arborist?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

The difference between a Certified Arborist and a Consulting Arborist resides with the organization that issues the title.  Certified Arborists are...

I want to select the best spot for my tree. How can I find out where the sun will be in the summer and winter?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

The position of the sun is expressed in altitude (or elevation) and azimuth, both of which will vary by location, time of day, and time of year.  Altitude...

What is evapotranspiration?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Evapotranspiration is a combination of evaporation and transpiration. Evaporation is a physical process that transforms liquid water into vapor by absorbing...

Where can I find information about trees I can plant for energy conservation?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Most states have information to help you decide what trees are right for your location and planting conditions. In Maryland, for example, and many other...

What should I do after a storm has damaged my tree(s)?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Storm-damaged trees should be evaluated by a professional arborist. A Certified or Consulting Arborist may recommend removal or various improvement measures...

Planting Urban Trees: Maintenance Requirements

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

 Too often trees are forgotten and not maintained after being planted. A tree requires proper care, especially in the early stages of its development, to...

Tree Planting in Cities (Part 3): Tree Selection & Planting Guidelines

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

After selecting a good site to plant an urban tree and then preparing the site for planting, the next step is tree selection and planting.Tree...

Urban Tree Planting (Part 1): Site Selection

Site selection is the first, important step to make when planting trees in an urban environment. Quality sites have a higher probability of supporting...

Tree Planting in Cities (Part 2): Site Preparation

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Proper preparation of the planting site is critical to good root development. In urban areas, site preparation may require special planning because of the...

Urban Soils: Contamination and Urban Trees

Soil can be contaminated by masonry, wood, paper, asphalt, paint, fuel, cement, oil, salt, or other materials. Contamination may occur across an entire site,...

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