By Cell Press, July 25, 2019
By Tik Root, The New York Times Climate Fwd:, July 17, 2019
So, if you plant a tree, what kind should it be?
Peter Del Tredici, senior research scientist emeritus at the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University said that, for trees to sequester a lot of carbon, they need to live long and healthy lives. “You want a tree that is going to survive in your climate with the minimum amount of maintenance,” he said.
To have a meaningful effect, he said, a tree must live at least 10 to 20 years. “It takes that long for a tree to build up enough foliage so that it can have a substantial impact on the environment,” Dr. Del Tredici said.
Virginia Tech Big Tree Program
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
USDA Forest Service:
The Nature Conservancy, Funding Trees for Health – An Analysis of Finance and Policy Actions to Enable Tree Planting for Public Health (2017):
A much needed conservation strategy to increase ecosystem services and urban wellbeing.
RESIDENTS WHO REMOVE TREES: UNDERSTANDING RATIONALES AND EXPLORING DETERRENTS (September 2017)
Quartz Media: Houston’s flooding shows what happens when you ignore science and let developers run rampant (August 29, 2017)
The Center for Watershed Protection is developing a stormwater credit for urban tree planting.
Davey Institute/USDA Forest Service, The Sustainable Urban Forest – A Step-by-Step Approach (September 27, 2016):
Yet even environmental campaigners like Miller admit that the root causes and the full dimension of the problem aren’t yet fully understood. “I suspect it is a multiplicity of factors, most likely with habitat destruction, deforestation, fragmentation, urbanization, and agricultural conversion being the leading factors,” says Stanford ecologist Dirzo.
The U.S. Forest Service found links between insects’ destruction of 100 million trees in the U.S. starting in 2002 and increased human mortality rates.
Arborist News article on how we can determine the value of urban trees.
Shows examples of other communities using landscaping to deal with rain water.