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Urban Nature for Human Health and Well-being
posted Mar 27, 2019 12:12 PM by doutlaw

Urban Nature for Human Health and Well-Being, a new report by the USDA Forest Service’s National Urban Forestry Technology and Science Delivery Team, shares the most current research related to nature and public health, providing a resource to help natural resource professionals, health professionals, urban planners, architects, educators, and community groups effectively communicate the health benefits of nature to their constituents. The report provides an overview of the current research in five key areas: pollution and physical health, active living, mental health, stress reduction, and social health, cohesion, and resilience, and discusses issues of social equity and access to nature in urban environments.

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Kids in the Woods team awarded City of Gainesville 2018 Star Good Neighbor Award
posted Mar 27, 2019 12:13 PM by doutlaw

The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs presented the Star Good Neighbor Award to the Kids in the Woods team on March 26, 2019.

Kids in the Woods Expands Science, Nature Experiences for Middle School Kids
posted Mar 27, 2019 12:12 PM by doutlaw

The Kids in the Woods program at Westwood Middle School in Gainesville, Florida started in 2013 with one simple questions, 'How do we get kids outdoors and physically active?' For a group of local, state, and federal partners the answer was through science.

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National Team Takes a Unique Approach to Urban Forest Techonology and Science Delivery
posted Mar 27, 2019 09:15 AM by doutlaw

The Forest Service's National Urban Forest Technology and Science Delivery Team (NTSD) was formed in November 2013 with the goal of improving the agency’s ability to deliver state-of-the-knowledge information to city planners and natural resource practitioners, in the most rapid and accessible ways possible.

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Leaves of Change Issue 20: Project attempts to stem the tide of African-American land loss through active forest management
posted Mar 27, 2019 09:15 AM by doutlaw

In this issue of Leaves of Change, we describe a research study conducted in association with community-based projects in three southern states that are a part of the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program (a collaborative effort between the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, the USDA Forest Service, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service). This study is helping to improve our understanding of African American land ownership and African American participation in sustainable forestry.

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Kids in the Woods Team Garners Regional Partnership Award
posted Mar 27, 2019 09:15 AM by doutlaw

The Kids in the Woods partnership was recently awarded the USFS Southern Research Station Director’s Partnership Award in recognition of outstanding and innovative approaches to partnerships with the Kids in the Woods Program at Westwood Middle School in Gainesville, FL. Partners include the USDA Forest Service, University of Florida, Alachua County School District, Gainesville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, and Alachua County Environmental Protection Department.

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Recent Updates: Urban Forest Sustainability & Management Review
posted May 29, 2018 06:47 AM by dhartel

Since its development at Agnes Scott College in 2014, the urban forest sustainability and management review (UFSMR) system continues to evolve and expand.  Updates have been made to reflect use in Raleigh (NC) and Austin (TX), and at U&CF Coordinator meetings in Mobile (AL) and Charleston (SC).  The most recent versions of documents and tools can be found at these links:

[23Feb17 Austin]

Coastal Green Stormwater Infratructure: Wetlands in Wilmington
posted Oct 27, 2015 08:12 AM by dhartel

NC stormwater managers evaluate wetlands in coastal watersheds.  As reported in the Journal of Environmental Quality, "eight storms [were monitored] and showed that the Wade Park Wetland retained and/or removed 50 to 75% of the inflowing volume of runoff. The average load reduction for fecal coliform bacteria was 99%, with an overall concentration reduction of more than 90%".  Additional studies look at wet detention pollution removal rates.

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Urban Forestry, ArcGIS Domains, and ArcGIS Online (AGOL)
posted Sep 09, 2015 05:05 PM by dhartel

Domains are geodatabase components designed to make GIS editing tasks faster and more accurate ensuring integrity of your database and reliability of all products derived from that data.  Domains also “transfer” to ArcGIS Online (AGOL) providing field data collection (through ESRI Collector) with the same benefits as desktop operations.

This series of Urban Forestry South resources:

Linkages between Forest Cover, Community Vitality, and Human Health in Atlanta
posted Mar 26, 2019 05:09 PM by doutlaw

Proctor Creek snakes through downtown Atlanta and eventually works its way to the Chattahoochee River. Along the way it passes through both middle and lower income neighborhoods, including some of the most economically depressed areas of the city with high rates of poverty and crime. The waterway is plagued with illegal dumping, pollution, erosion, and high bacteria levels from regular stormwater flooding and sewage overflows. In 2013, Proctor Creek was named one of eleven Urban Waters Federal Partnership Projects, a project that aims to tackle the country’s most polluted city waters and reconnect communities with their waterways. The partnership works to improve coordination and focus among federal agencies on problems in the watershed, as well as promote community-led efforts at economic, social, and ecological revitalization. As a part of the partnership, SRS-4952 is conducting three interconnected studies that will provide valuable information on the links between urban greenspace, ecosystem services, environmental justice, and human health. This issue of Leaves of Change focuses on these three studies and Kids in the Woods outreach activities.

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