Resident speaks up, saves a tree in Vancouver, WA
A little forethought and the willingness to speak up by a concerned resident in the City of Vancouver, Washington, resulted in a plan to preserve a native bigleaf maple tree. Check out this short article published in The Columbian that tells the story.

UMass Amherst watershed scientists offer national flood and runoff assessment
The first continent-wide, multi-factor analysis of climate and land cover effects on watersheds in the United States has been released and provides a broad new assessment of runoff, flooding and storm water management options for land use and town planners, and water quality managers. Recommendations include the increased use of green infrastructure and best management practices to enhance watershed system resilience. Read more about the assessment.

Do you know your “Tree Pruning Essentials?”
Purdue University has just released a new publication on the essentials of tree pruning; check it out for yourself or for city staff.

DNR Partners with the City of Tukwila to produce tree care videos
In case you missed the article that we published last month, be sure to check out the new videos here.

What happens when you give a tree its own email address?
The City of Melbourne, Australia, thought to give public trees their own email addresses, 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
The Department of Ecology is working on drought relief in river basins in all four of its administrative regions. Ecology’s drought relief work has focused on relieving hardships for farmers facing water shortages and working with the state Department of Fish & Wildlife to take action now to prevent fish passage problems caused by low stream flows. Learn more.