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What We Can Learn From the Street Trees of Baltimore

“She said the prettiest place on earth was Baltimore at night…” (“Streets of Baltimore,” Tompall Glaser and Harland Howard, 1966)  The classic country song “Streets of Baltimore” wasn’t originally penned about trees but maybe it’s time to consider a rewrite. These days, street trees in Baltimore are looking better than ever and, between 2007 and… More

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Grassroots Organizing to Narrow the Green Gap

In 2017 I authored a DeepRoot blog post that discussed tree equity and the disproportionate impact a lack of both tree canopy and access to green space has on poor and minority communities.  Many people wondered what was being done to solve these issues and what individuals might do within their own communities to help… More

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It’s Time to Take Action to Improve the Quality of Air We Breathe

Air Quality Take a deep breath. Consider that the air you’re breathing in may impact your health. We may not always see it, but air pollution is the cause of some of our most common illnesses. Tiny, invisible particles of pollution penetrate deep into our lungs, bloodstream, and bodies. These pollutants, known as particulate matter,… More

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Tree Pits Are the “Pits” But We Can Make Them Better

by Peg Staeheli, PLA FASLA, MIG|SvR Many cities have a long history of tree planting campaigns. However, in order to reap the benefits for health and habitat, we need to continue to help urban trees thrive long after they’re planted. Let’s consider ways we might improve conditions for trees along our streets. Tree pit design… More

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