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City Trees: Majestic Life Savers

Introduction A red maple tree rises forty feet above the park across the street from my Minneapolis house, a centerpiece around which the children play in its ubiquitous shade. For decades it’s been anchoring the neighborhood’s busiest intersection, its flourishing canopy providing coverage for both the grassy park and its adjacent streets. Few would argue… More

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Green Space as Social Infrastructure

Introduction What are the benefits of city trees? One of the first (and most reasonable) responses is that they have a positive environmental impact: not only do mature trees sequester atmospheric carbon, but they improve air quality and assist in stormwater treatment. Trees likewise have an important economic influence, reducing energy usage by providing natural… More

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Urban Tree Equity: The Drive to Fair Access

Introduction As the sun blazes on another hot summer day, the thermometer on the east side of town is likely to display the same number as its counterpart three miles west — but this doesn’t tell the whole story. The way we experience heat, particularly in developed urban areas, is influenced by a number of… More

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The Limitations of Structural Soil: Why It’s Not the Best Solution for Expanding Total Soil Volume

Introduction The space constraints of dense city environments present a challenge for project planners implementing an urban forestry element. There are, however, a number of solutions to help improve conditions for healthy tree growth. The Silva Cells are one such choice, a suspended-pavement system allowing for maximum soil volume. Another option is structural soil —… More

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Silva Cells Support Trees at Bomber Command Memorial

Introduction “The fighters are our salvation but the bombers alone provide the means of victory.” Winston Churchill’s words from September 1940 were prophetic, an early forecast of the indispensable role these aircraft would play in the triumph over Nazism in World War II. Dedicated to the courageous veterans of the Bomber Command, a bronze memorial… More

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Royal Tyrrell Museum: Dinosaurs and Silva Cells

Introduction It’s August 12, 1884, and geologist Joseph Tyrrell — on the hunt for coal seams in Alberta’s Red Deer Valley — discovers something far different: the first dinosaur fossil ever found in the region, later named the Albertosaurus for its geographical lineage. A hundred years later, the Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, an homage to… More

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What a Difference Soil Volume Makes!

One of the chief advantages of the Silva Cell system is its ability to provide a robust soil environment for city trees — but why is this beneficial in the growth of healthy urban forests? Simply put, trees need adequate soil volume to properly grow: the more, the better. As we’ve discussed previously, roots are… More

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Why Investing in Mature Tree Growth is Beneficial for Cities: A Financial and Environmental Case

Introduction Trees play an invaluable role in enhancing city environments, providing everything from energy savings to climate-change mitigation. But it’s important to remember that not all urban forests are created equal — and evaluating trees by their quantity as opposed to their quality is to display a fundamental misunderstanding of city trees’ potential worth. Healthy,… More

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The Economic Value of Green Infrastructure

This post includes a number of statistics found in an in-depth study titled “Financing Green Infrastructure” published by ICMA (International City/County Management Association) in May 2022 — click here to read the report in full. Introduction As the social and environmental benefits of green infrastructure (GI) gain more and more traction among municipal project planners,… More

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