CalFire Grant Expands National City Urban Forest

National City — a small disadvantaged city in San Diego County — will expand its urban forest by planting 1,700 trees in city-managed properties with a $650,000  CAL FIRE grant. CAL FIRE’s  Urban and Community Forestry Program focuses on using trees to provide neighborhoods the benefits of urban forests, such as  sequestering greenhouse house gas,…

Urban Forestry 2018 Grants Now Open

Now’s the time to begin 2018 grant application preparations for CAL FIRE’s Urban and Community Forestry Program Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which provides funding for urban forestry projects for cities, counties, districts, and non-profit organizations. Awarded funding may be applied to projects including, but not limited to: Urban tree plans that include coordination of local…

Managing Shot Hole Borer Infestation

The polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB), a forest pest from Southwest Asia, is attacking and killing  hundreds of California native tree species, including coast live oak, western sycamore, and red willow. While most bark beetles feed on the tree itself,  PSHB feeds on a fungus it introduces and transports from tree to tree. The fungus…

California’s At-Risk Urban Forests

The 177 million trees in California’s urban forests are at-risk as state-mandated water cuts start to significantly reduce irrigation vital to mostly non-native, ornamental trees.  For context of the threat, 12 million native trees in California’s wildlands have died due to the extended drought.

Mobile GIS For Better Managing Urban Forests (video)

  Dudek’s urban forestry practice manager Michael Huff explains how a real-time mobile GIS app makes managing urban forests more efficient and cost-effective.  [VIDEO] Gathering and distributing GIS field data traditionally has been a complex, lengthy and manual process. Now, Dudek urban foresters use the Kerata real-time mobile data management application to collect data more…

Treating Drought-Stressed California Oaks

  While California’s oak trees are well adapted to survive the state’s drought, the right approach to supplemental irrigation is critical to prevent pests from taking advantage of drought-stressed oaks. Oaks will reallocate resources to conserve water to sustain basic physiological functions. But that can lower the trees’ defenses against disease and insects, including borer…

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