What happens when you give a tree it’s own email address?
The City of Melbourne, Australia, thought to give public trees their own email address, so that residents could send emails to report problems or work requests for specific trees. What happened instead turned out to be a lovely social experiment.

Washington Department of Ecology launches 2015 drought response website
DOE is working on drought relief in river basins in all four of Ecology’s regions. Ecology’s drought relief work has been focused on relieving hardships for farmers facing water shortages and working with the state Department of Fish & Wildlife in taking action now to prevent fish passage problems resulting from low stream flows. Learn more.

Urban vegetation is good for your health
The Green Cities: Good Health website offers summaries and links to peer-reviewed research citing the benefits of urban vegetation to public health. Or, if you’re more a visual learner, watch the video.

Support for U&CF from Washington’s Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC)
Did you know that MRSC website has an entire page dedicated to urban forestry? Forward this link to others in your community as proof that many Washington cities have embraced urban forest management and that you’re not simply a kooky treehugger with an agenda.

Sustaining America’s Urban Trees and Forests
This 28-page report from the USDA Forest Service was published in 2010 and concisely summarizes the importance of, need for, and challenges associated with sustaining our urban forests. Think of it like a quick “urban forestry 101” with vivid images to support its themes.

The emerald ash borer is marching westward
Yikes! The emerald ash borer has decimated ash trees and urban forests throughout upper midwestern states and has recently been discovered in Colorado. Let’s hope it never makes it to Washington. In the meantime, you can prepare for this worst-case scenario by learning to assess your ash tree for signs of emerald ash borer from the Colorado State Extension Service.

City trees are threatened by string trimmers
If you need to teach others about how damaging lawn maintenance equipment can be to trees, this succinct little video from Portland’s Friends of Trees will do just the trick.