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Urban Forestry Video Series New Release!

Trees provide more than just beauty or a source of wood products. Rather, trees provide an assortment of economic, environmental, psychological and social...

How can trees extend the life of my pavement, roofing and other man-made materials?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Trees can extend the life of surface materials simply by shading that material from direct sunlight. As someone stands in the sun too long, he or she becomes...

How do urban trees reduce flooding?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Floods can occur anywhere, but urban areas experience increased frequency and severity of flooding events. This is a result of the high percentage...

How do I know/determine if energy consumption is being reduced by planting trees in my municipality?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Energy consumption is reduced by tree shade and evapotranspiration, lowering temperatures of the air and surfaces. Additionally, trees slow down winds by...

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...

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...

How does vegetation reduce glare and reflection of light on smooth and light-colored surfaces?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Glare is directly from a primary light source, such as sunlight. Reflection is the bouncing of the primary light source from a reflective surface. Vegetation...

Do trees and other vegetation help reduce urban-water runoff?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Trees and other vegetation in urban areas considerably reduce urban-water runoff.  As rain falls upon vegetation, it clings to the rough surfaces of leaves,...

How can I measure the dollar value (benefits) of the tree in my yard?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

There are several methods to measure the value of trees. The National Tree Benefit Calculator is a fast and simple way to estimate the benefits gained...

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...

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 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....

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...

Trees for Comfort in Public Places

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 24, 2016

  Cities can be extremely hot during long summer days. Air conditioning is often needed indoors and in cars to offset high temperatures. This heat can...

Urban Forests Role in Heat Reduction

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 24, 2016

 Cities contain numerous hard surfaces (concrete, asphalt, metal, and brick) that absorb large quantities of solar radiation (heat) throughout the day,...

Finding Refuge in the Urban Forest

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 24, 2016

 Urban forests and parks offer a refuge for those who live in urban environments. Many people in cities, especially those in lower income areas, live in hot,...

Community Involvement with Urban Forestry

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 24, 2016

 In warmer regions, many people are willing to pay higher prices for homes that contain trees in their yards. They recognize that trees offer numerous...

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