A Research Toolkit for Building the Ultimate Urban Forest

Whether you live in a town with a single main street or a megacity, the trees and green space in your larger neighborhood are key to the economic, human and environmental health of you and your community. The presence, or absence, of a thriving urban forest has a direct impact on our individual and collective quality of life in more ways that most people ever realize.

In order to ensure our urban trees are doing the most for us, we need to know what we’ve got. Next comes an evaluation of what is needed and how to get there. And underscoring all of that is why this investment is so important and how it pays us back.

Why It’s So Important to Invest in our Urban Forest

A community’s green infrastructure — trees, vegetation and water — is just as important as its roads, pipes and power lines. Decades of research on small towns to dense megacities, show that our urban forests deliver measurable economic benefits, reduce strain on built infrastructure and improve people’s health and quality of life on many different fronts.

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Newest Sonoma County regional park to welcome visitors next year

Author Mary Callahan

As early as March, visitors will be invited to explore Sonoma County’s newest regional park: a wooded 1,192-acre oasis north of Santa Rosa along more than 2.5 miles of upper Mark West Creek.

Pieced together through $23 million in taxpayer-funded acquisitions over more than a decade, the Mark West Regional Park and Open Space Preserve will open for once-a-month “park preview days” while the county conducts a multi-year environmental review and master planning for permanent operations.

The property is now officially public parkland after its transfer from the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District last month, making it the third-largest property in the regional park system next to Tolay Lake and Hood Mountain.

“This is going to be one of the jewels of the system, for sure,” said Bill Keene, general manager of the Open Space District

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Ground Truth Report: Trees Removed in Sonoma County for Vineyards

Forest Unlimited received a grant from the Northern California Grassroots Fund for doing a study on acres of trees removed for clearing to put in vineyards for wine grapes. This was done for the years 2007 to 2013.

The report Ground Truth Publication is in a pdf format and can be printed out.

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November 29, 2018 02:31 PM

Updated November 30, 2018 11:32 AM