Content tagged "urban forestry"

Urban Soils: Temperature Extremes and Moderating Soil Temperature

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 26, 2016

Temperature extremes can alter the chemical and biological characteristics of soils. Urban locations often have higher soil temperatures than rural areas...

Urban Soils: Correcting Low Soil Moisture

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 26, 2016

 Photo Credit: Raina SheridanLack of moisture in the soil is as harmful as too much water. Low soil moisture can be caused by high temperature, drought, high...

Urban Trees & Energy Conservation

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 26, 2016

Trees provide the greatest energy conservation benefit when they are found in every part of urban landscapes, yards, businesses, parking lots, along streets,...

Planting Urban Trees: Social & Community Considerations

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 25, 2016

For both private and public locations, it is critical to find out the relevant zoning ordinances and other laws and policies that apply to each site. Some...

Urban Soil Problems that Affect Successful Tree Growth and Development

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 25, 2016

  Many activities in an urban area can change a soil’s physical, chemical, or biological characteristics.   Construction and landscape maintenance are the...

Cause, Affect and Prevention of Erosion on Urban Trees

Site clearing and land grading are two construction activities that typically increase soil erosion. These actions change the soil profile and structure,...

Urban Forests: The Benefits Outweigh the Costs

Trees are an important part of our communities, but tree planting, maintenance and protection require an investment of resources, including time and money....

Urban Forests: Understanding Associated Costs

A community receives many benefits from the urban forest; however, there are also costs associated with having a healthy urban forest. Estimates for tree...

Urban Forests & Climate Change: Urban Forest Project Protocol

Adapted from:" McPherson, E.G.; J.R. Simpson; P.J. Peper; and E. Aguaron. 2008. Urban Forestry and Climate Change. Albany, CA: USDA Forest Service, Pacific...

Storm Damage and Health Costs Associated with Urban Forests

 Storm Damage RecoveryStorms, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, ice, snow, and wind, can cause major damage to the trees and property in a community. Costs of...

Urban Forests: Environmental Benefits

Shade is one of many environmental benefits trees provide. Urban forests are made up of the trees that exist in urban or suburban landscapes. An urban...

Trees in Urban Environments: Site & Species Considerations

   To ensure a tree will grow and develop to maturity, it is essential to evaluate the environmental conditions of a site.Light PatternsConsider the amount...

How can I reduce the risk of a tree falling on my house during a storm?

The risk of a tree or its parts failing can never be completely eliminated. It can, however, be reduced to a reasonable level so that you can have peace of...

Energy Conservation & Tree Planting: Tips for Renters

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 24, 2016

 Living in an apartment or renting a home does not preclude citizens from helping their communities conserve energy with trees. Apartment dwellers and...

Christmas Trees: Pros and Cons of Live or Artificial Trees

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 22, 2016

Trees ready for Christmas at a tree farm in North Carolina.Until their time comes to grace homes with ornaments and shade presents, a natural, or live,...

Urban Forests Improve Water Quality

Waterways and lakes in and near urban areas can be polluted by soil erosion and water runoff that may contain fertilizers and pesticides from landscapes,...

Assistance for Urban Tree Care

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: October 01, 2015

Public sources of tree care and energy conservation assistance:Federal, state, and local sources of assistanceSeveral federal agencies are charged with...

Uses of Urban Vegetation to Moderate Climate

Climatology is the study of weather and its changes over long periods of time. The climate within a given location can be described from three aspects:...

Tree Planting for Lower Power Bills

Home Energy Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: September 18, 2015

Whether it is winter or summer, trees can help you save energy at home.   Shade for Savings  Did you know that only 17% shade over your house during the day...

A Regional View of Invasive Plants

How does what I do in my yard, on my land and in my garden affect what plants invade our forests and grasslands?  What has happened on the land where you...

Urban Forestry & Energy Conservation Bibliography

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: August 08, 2014

Akbari, H., Taha, H. 1992. The Impact of Trees and White Surfaces on Residential Heating and Cooling Energy Use in Four Canadian Cities. Energy, 17(2),...

Eric Wiseman

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: June 14, 2014

Dr. Eric Wiseman is associate professor of urban forestry in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech in...

How do trees and other vegetation affect urban mesoclimates and microclimates?

Vegetation affects urban mesoclimate and microclimate by intercepting solar radiation, directing air movement, and affecting air temperature.  Microclimate,...

What is a mesoclimate?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: October 08, 2013

A mesoclimate is the climate at an intermediate geographic scale, such as a downtown district, neighborhood, large park, farm, or wooded area.  It is...

What is a microclimate?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: October 08, 2013

A microclimate is created in a relatively small area where environmental conditions may be warmer or cooler than in the general surrounding area. For...

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