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Sacramento, CA

Sacramento has been designated a Tree City USA community for 37 years and Growth Award Recipient 10 years.

Sacramento CAWith a population of nearly 500,000, the capital of California is making a name for itself in urban and community forestry. The city’s urban forestry section manages more than 100,000 trees. The city estimates that by doubling its urban canopy, its trees will reduce air pollution by as much as 50 percent, removing as much as 10 million pounds of air pollutants annually.

With a tree canopy coverage at 17 percent, some estimate that the city has more trees per capita than any other major city in the world[1]

Local non-profit The Sacramento Tree Foundation has contributed to the city’s urban forest tremendously, planting 13,000 trees annually on private property in conjunction with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District —a recognized Tree Line USA for 14 years—and the help of volunteers.

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[1] http://www.sactree.com/news/83

Hawaii and Texas Celebrate Arbor Day in November

ArborWhile the National Arbor Day observance is celebrated on the last Friday in April, many states and municipalities have implemented state or locally recognized Arbor Days that reflect the best time for planting in their region. Hawaii and Texas celebrate Arbor Day the first Friday of November, which this year is Friday, November 7.

Hawaii

Maui—a designated Tree City USA community for 37 years—will celebrate Arbor Day cyanea superba hawaii treewith a tree giveaway. Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will be hosting the 11th annual 1,000 Hawaiian Trees giveaway. The event is sponsored by the County of Maui Department of Water Supply, Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program, Maui Electric, and Maui Nui Botanical Gardens. The tree giveaway will offer free demonstrations on proper tree care and water-saving techniques.

Honolulu —a designated Tree City USA community for 33 years and Growth Award recipient for two years—will celebrate Arbor Day with a tree planting and giveaway. Hawaiian Electric and its partners will give away 2,700 trees and shrubs at six locations, including Honolulu.

Texas

Forth Worth—a designated a Tree City USA community for 35 years and Growth Award recipient for 14 years—will celebrate Arbor Day with a tree presentation about Lake Worth, celebrating the lake’s anniversary. The presentation will cover the history of the lake and stories about the lake and its surroundings.tree sappling tx

San Antonio— a designated a Tree City USA community for 24 years—will celebrate Arbor Day at Eisenhower Park with a tree-K fun run followed by a ceremonial tree planting, tree demonstrations and information booths. Attendees will be able to leave with a free tree seedling. The event is sponsored by the Alamo Forest Partnership, City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation department, and City of San Antonio Animal Care Services Department.

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Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis has received Tree City USA designation for 35 years and has been awarded the Growth Award 19 times.

downtown MinnKnown as the City of Lakes, it’s no wonder Minneapolis would take its urban forestry just as seriously, seeing that lakes and forests go hand in hand. With a population of nearly 400,000 residents, Minneapolis is a sanctuary for nature enthusiasts. The city’s 900,000 plus trees provide shade and urban canopy coverage of 31 percent.

Minneapolis’ fresh air—its trees sequester 8,900 tons of carbon annually— is enough incentive to bike along any of the city’s scenic trails and explore the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum or Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The city’s urban forest saves more than $200,000 every year in energy costs. In fact, their urban forest is so integral to Minneapolis that it has a structural value of $756 million.

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MLB World Series Community Forestry Matchup: Kansas City V. San Francisco

This year’s MLB World Series is causing frenzy among baseball fans with two wildcard teams contending for the second time in MLB World Series history.  The Kansas City Royals are making their third World Series appearance in franchise history, while the San Francisco Giants will be competing in their 20th World Series. Let’s take a look at how well these teams compete in our community forestry matchup.

Kansas City

KCKansas City has been designated a Tree City USA community for 26 years, and was awarded the prestigious Tree City USA Growth Award  for the first time last year for its increased commitment to community forestry.

With a population of nearly 500,000, Kansas City offers locals a lively city with Midwestern charm. In addition to its rich history in jazz and a reputation for mouth-watering barbeque, Kansas City has 250 million trees with 18% tree canopy coverage, allowing plenty of opportunity to take shade outdoors.

Kansas City’s urban forest removes nearly 26,000 tons of air pollution annually and reduces residential energy costs by $14 million, giving homeowners more reason to plant trees. In fact, the city’s urban forest is valued at $93.4 billion.

San Francisco

San Francisco has been designated a Tree City USA community for 6 years.

SFHome to nearly one million people, this trendy city is more than just steep hills and famous landmarks. San Francisco has 600,000 trees covering 14% of the city, giving all the more reason for tourists to enjoy the city’s environs.

San Francisco’s urban forest removes as much as 260 tons of air pollution annually and reduces energy costs by $250,000. In addition, the city’s urban forest intercepts 516 million gallons of stormwater annually, easing the cost of and concern for flood recovery.  The city’s urban forest is valued at $1.7 billion.

Any city that prides itself on its community forestry efforts is worth celebrating. We admire Kansas City’s and San Francisco’s commitment to community forestry. Which city do you think earns the title in our MLB World Series Community Forestry Match Up?

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Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee WIMilwaukee has received Tree City USA designation for 35 years and has been awarded the Growth Award six times.

Home to nearly 600,000 residents, Milwaukee offers scenic landscapes and natural beauty for those looking for a quick escape. Milwaukee’s urban and community forest covers nearly 22% of the city and features more than three million trees.

Nearly 500 tons of pollution is eliminated from the air every year as a result of the city’s urban forest. That equates to $2.6 million in savings annually. The urban forest’s shade saves the city more than $800,000 annually in energy costs.

Whether you’re sailing along Lake Michigan or wandering through Milwaukee’s parks, the city’s vibrant treescape and fresh air are both positive attributes to which all cities should aspire.

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Seattle Celebrates Arbor Day in October

While the National Arbor Day observance is celebrated on the last Friday in April, many states and municipalities have implemented state or locally recognized Arbor Days that reflect the best time for planting in their region.  One such city is Seattle, which celebrates Arbor Day in October.

Seattle ArborDaySeattle has received Tree City USA designation for 28 years, and has been awarded the Tree City USA Growth Award 17 times.

Seattle residents are invited to join urban foresters in a tree planting on Saturday, October 18. Volunteers will plant 13 street trees in selected planting strips. The tree planting will bring urban foresters from five departments of the City of Seattle together: Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle City Light—also a recognized Tree Line USA, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Public Utilities, and the Office of sustainability and Environment.

Seattle has a strong urban forestry program; you can read up on the city’s achievements in our #TreeCityUSATuesday blog feature.

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Portland, OR

Portland has been designated a Tree City USA community for 37 years and Growth Award recipient 17 times.

Portland ORPortland delivers when it comes to urban forestry. Home to more trees than people—1.4 million trees and a population of 584,000—Portland is a city of distinct character.  With more than 70 miles of trails and 200 parks within city limits, nature enthusiasts have no problem finding refuge in any of the city’s green spaces.

Portland’s tree canopy coverage is at 30% and reduces energy costs by $750,000 annually. In addition, the urban and community forest has served as a stormwater management system intercepting half a billion tons of water and saving the city $11 million in stormwater processing.

The community forest removes as much as two million pounds of pollutants from the air and adds more than $13 million in property resale value.

The overall benefit of Portland’s urban and community trees is such that their structural value is estimated at $5 billion. That’s a significant sum and an excellent return on investment!

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New York, NY

NYCNew York City has received Tree City USA designation for 18 years and has received the Growth Award five times.

This city of dreams has a vision of its own: it wants to be America’s first sustainable city. For outsiders, the idea of a greener New York may seem ambitious for such a congested social and business hub. How will the city achieve such a goal?

Through the implementation of an exceptional yet practical effort introduced by former Mayor Bloomberg called PlaNYC.

The plan— unveiled in 2007— brought together 25 city agencies to work toward strengthening the economy, combating climate change, and enhancing the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

This city of eight million residents is currently home to five million trees. Don’t be deceived by the concrete jungle, as nearly 40 percent—11,000 acres— of New York City is parkland. The city’s trees remove 2,202 tons of pollution per year. In addition, building energy savings equate to $11.2 million per year. Under MillionTreesNYC, the city aims to plant one million trees by 2017.

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Washington, DC

DCWashington D.C. has been a recognized Tree City USA community for 23 years and a five-time Tree City USA Growth Award recipient.

With a population of 600,000, the District of Columbia demonstrates its dedication to strengthening its urban forestry program as much as it does to policy making. Boasting a tree canopy coverage at 35 percent, locals are able to find shade under any of the city’s 1.9 million trees with ease.

If you’re looking to visit the nation’s capital city you might want to plan your trip in the spring to coincide with the National Cherry Blossom Festival—one of the nation’s greatest springtime celebrations.

When you’re not enjoying the fresh scent of Japanese Cherry Blossoms you might take notice of the clean air; D.C.’s treescape removes 540 tons of pollution every year. In addition to attracting thousands of tourists, the urban canopy saves $2.6 million in energy usage annually and has a structural value of $3.6 billion.

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Austin, TX

austin txAustin has received Tree City USA designation for 22 years and has been awarded the Growth Award twice.

Austin is celebrated for its foodies, historians, and tech geeks. With nearly 15,000 trees spread across the city, Austinites have plenty of options to enjoy shade under the city’s 30 percent tree canopy.

The cuisine scene isn’t the only diverse attraction in the city, as Austin’s urban and community forest is comprised of nearly 200 different tree species including popular choices such as crape myrtles, southern live oaks, and cedar elms. Diverse treescapes make picnicking more enjoyable in any of the local parks that account for 18 percent of the city. With regular sunshine and natural attractions, Austin makes it easy to fall in love with the great outdoors.

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