Vibrant Cities, Urban Forests
When most people hear the phrase "urban forest," images of places like New York's Central Park or San Francisco's Golden Gate Park come to mind. Those great green places are indeed part of the urban forest fabric, but equally important to a city is the way it treats its everyday spaces with green infrastructure. Recognizing the need to call attention to urban forestry practices nationwide, the New York Restoration Project, along with the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, has convened the Vibrant Cities & Urban Forests task force, dedicated to the advancement of urban forestry and natural resources stewardship.
CNU CEO & President John Norquist is among a select group of 25 national and local leaders meeting this week in Washington D.C. to discuss and recommend how federal policy, programs, partnerships, and investment can move urban tree planting and stewardship programs forward. Noting the benefits that manicured spaces give cities, Norquist stated "Forestry or parks incorporated into a city's fabric not only provide shade, beauty and recreational opportunity but add to a city's real estate value." This added economic benefit leads to "higher real estate values and sales volumes," Norquist said, further drawing together how urban forests serve to create vibrant cities.
With "the conversation focused on adding to a city's tree canopy," as Norquist explained, the initiative is helping promote solutions for how urban forestry can help cities design green spaces that pay multiple dividends: helping cities' values grow, warding off climate change, attracting federal partnerships, and most of all, creating sustainable and vibrant communites.
To see how urban forestry can help revitalize a neighborhood, watch the below video "Miracle on Elmer Avenue," courtesy of Treepeople.
The video features Andy Lipkis, Founder and President of TreePeople, showcasing how a neighborhood in Los Angeles' NE San Fernando Valley was transformed from a flood hazard zone into a model of sustainability.
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