October 2015 webinar: How Can Minnesota’s Urban Forests Be More Functional?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, noon – 1:00 p.m. Healthy urban and community forests provide a variety of public and private benefits relating to property values, water quality, recreational value, and quality of life considerations. Diverse, healthy urban forests provide greater ecosystem functionality. This presentation will focus on key practices to improve the functionality and value of urban forests. Speaker: Gary […]

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What is Urban and Community Forestry?

The urban forest includes all of the natural resources in an urban area – plants, soil, water, animals – and is often referred to as the “green infrastructure” of a community. Any residential, commercial or institutional community that has public services – streets, curbs, utilities – is considered an urban area, in contrast to a rural area. Urban forestry is […]

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How Much Does it Cost to Water This Tree?

View as a PDF: How Much Does it Cost to Water this Tree? By: Adam Flett, Department of Forest Resources Extension and Outreach, University of Minnesota Technical Advisors: Gary Johnson, Department of Forest Resources and John Lamb, Department of Soil, Water and Climate Water is a biological necessity for all trees, whether in a landscape or woodland setting and must […]

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Stem Girdling Roots: The underground epidemic killing our trees

Download Stem Girdling Roots: The underground epidemic killing our trees (PDF) Gary Johnson, Professor, Urban and Community Forestry, Department of Forest Resources, St. Paul, MN; Dennis Fallon, Vegetation Management Coordinator, Xcel Energy; Andrew Rose, Creative Director, Hand/Eye Communications. How many trees die prematurely each year? Thousands? Millions? Billions? It’s almost impossible to pinpoint, but one unseen culprit – dysfunctional (abnormal) […]

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The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Masterplan

By Ken Simons and Gary R. Johnson Download the entire document: The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master Plan (PDF, 6.9MB) and see the accompanying slideshow series, added in December 2011. Down through the ages, the roadside planting of trees has mirrored the order, prosperity and achievements of civilized societies. Man-made row plantings of uniformly spaced trees are evidence […]

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