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"In some ways, crown shyness is the arboreal version of social distancing, says Meg Lowman, a forest canopy biologist and director of the TREE Foundation. “The minute you start keeping plants from physically touching each other, you can increase productivity,” she says. 'That’s the beauty of isolation … The tree is really safeguarding its own health.'" Read more at NationalGeographic.com by clicking on the green icon at the right.
"Trees provide considerable stormwater volume and pollution control
through rainfall interception and intensity reduction, stormwater
infiltration and uptake, and nutrient load reduction. This document
focuses on the effects of trees on urban stormwater runoff, provides
some helpful urban forest management strategies to maximize
stormwater benefits, and demonstrates several examples around the
United States where the stormwater benefits of urban trees are credited
for reducing stormwater volume and pollutant loading. This document
serves as a resource manual for natural resource professionals to help
them communicate with stormwater managers and engineering professionals about the science and benefits of urban trees in stormwater management. Resources on accounting for the stormwater functions of
trees are provided as a starting point for State and local governments
interested in providing regulatory credit for urban forests in green
stormwater infrastructure. "
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 2020. Urban forest systems and
green stormwater infrastructure. FS–1146. Washington, DC. 23 p.
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Reach a fascinating article about the intelligence of trees and the work of forest ecologist Suzanne Simard.
Read about the new research on the amazing immune system of the gingko tree.
The emerald ash borer and the hemlock woolly adelgid are two nonnative insects which have done harm to American forests. There are actually more than 450 species of nonnative insects in our forests. Click to read about the work of forest entomologist Kamal Gandhi of the University of Georgia and a team of scientists who have uncovered patterns that help predict which insects will cause damage to which tree species.