Climate change is forcing cities to rethink their tree mix
NC State researcher, other experts say a commitment to planning and species diversity have become essential Cities need to plant more trees. But not just any trees. As communities prepare for a massive influx of federal funding to support urban forestry, their leaders say the tree canopy that grows to maturity 50 years from now will need to be painted with a different palette than the one that exists today.
Senate passes billboard measure, eroding local control, allowing for more digital outdoor ads
A bill to boost the fortunes and power of the outdoor advertising industry is closer to becoming law after it passed the Senate yesterday 27-17. House Bill 645, “the billboard bill,” now returns to the House for concurrence. Among the bill’s opponents are environmental, conservation and wildlife groups, who are concerned that outdoor advertising companies […]
Rainy day read: Trees chat with each other in underground conversations
This story out of Yale about how trees use underground networks of fungi to talk and share nutrients is remarkable. Ecologist Suzanne Simard says that trees even recognize and nurture their sapling offspring. And when a tree is old or sick, say from a lightning strike, or an invasion of ash borers or hemlock woolly adelgids, they bequeath their nutrients […]