NPR-Radio Times -1 Million New Trees in Philadelphia by 2020

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NPR-Radio Times -1 Million New Trees in Philadelphia by 2020

Post by sjhalow » Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:53 pm

An hour long show that discusses the unique benefits of trees in urban landscapes and the many challenges that urban trees face.

http://whyy.org/cms/radiotimes/2011/09/06/13055/

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Post by mdvaden » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:40 pm

Sometimes I think a city would do better if it could produce 1,000,000 more people who understand how to care for trees in a decade or two.

Actually, if they could even get 250,000 people, they may be able to raise the average street tree life expectancy from 7 or 8 years, to like 20 years.
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Post by edfrank » Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:25 pm

Steve,

I hope they plant a variety of different species so that the next drought, blight, disease, or invasive insect doesn't kill off the entire population of trees in the city. I would also favor native species over exotic ones.

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Post by sjhalow » Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:29 pm

Ed/Mario

I believe they have several thousand local volunteer "tree tenders" to look after the new trees, at least for the first critical years after they are planted. Also, a main point made on the show was the need for diversity in tree species. Hopefully this will diminish the threat of massive and rapid tree loss from insects and disease. Finally, they are focusing on tree species that thrive in flood plain areas, as they are often best suited to the anaerobic soil conditions that street trees often face. So there is hope.

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Post by survivalkid » Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:37 am

This is a fantastic news. I love trees and I love nature. You guys are doing a good job for the environment.

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Post by nortski » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:21 am

This sets a fantastic example to the rest of the major cities around the world. If more people take note of what's happening in Philadelphia then hopefully area major urban areas will follow suit.

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Post by Neil » Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:50 am

Dear NTS,

NYC is running a similar initiative. They are around 1/2 a million trees: http://www.milliontreesnyc.org/html/home/home.shtml

A guest to our lab told us about it sometime last spring. She thought it would be one of Mayor Bloomberg's major legacies. You will only see his name towards the end of the major sponsors in small print. But our guest made it clear he quietly made this a personal project. Apparently he has been well schooled in the economic value of urban trees (and takes climate change seriously). One of these USFS programs drove the point home for Mayor Bloomberg. http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/programs/uesd/uep/

It will be great when these cities become re-treed!.

neil

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Post by markusmack » Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:07 am

Neil wrote:Dear NTS,

NYC is running a similar initiative. They are around 1/2 a million trees: http://www.milliontreesnyc.org/html/home/home.shtml

A guest to our lab told us about it sometime last spring. She thought it would be one of Mayor Bloomberg's major legacies. You will only see his name towards the end of the major sponsors in small print. But our guest made it clear he quietly made this a personal project. Apparently he has been well schooled in the economic value of urban trees (and takes climate change seriously). One of these USFS programs drove the point home for Mayor Bloomberg. http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/programs/uesd/uep/

It will be great when these cities become re-treed!.

neil
I heard this to, great news :)

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Post by MickR » Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:06 pm

Great news for Philly. I lived in town for many years, and although Philly has great parks like Wissahickon Creek and Rittenhouse Square, I always felt the street could have a better canopy. I live in Baltimore now - we have an organization, Tree Baltimore, promoting the proliferation of our urban canopy. Some fun facts: Baltimore has about 27% tree canopy, about 2.8 million trees. We also have 43% hard surfaces, and 19% grassland. American forests suggests a canopy coverage of 40%, so rough math suggests we need to plant about 1.4 million trees to reach that target.

http://treebaltimore.org/baltimores-trees/

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