Putting Trees to Work
Tree City USA Bulletin #39—Sources for More Information
Urban Forestry—Planning and Managing Urban Greenspaces by Robert W. Miller. Waveland Press. 502 pp.
Second edition. An excellent text and reference book that includes a valuable section on the practical benefits of community trees.
This 44-page publication by the Arbor Day Foundation encourages productive and enjoyable use of private woodlands of any size.
Below are three good starting points for understanding the philosophy behind permaculture.
- Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison with Reny Mia Slay. Tagari Publications.
- Permaculture Two—Practical Design for Town and Country in Permanent Agriculture by Bill Mollison. Tagari Publications.
- Food Not Lawns—How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community by H.C. Flores. Chelsea Green Publishing Co.
Also type “permaculture” into your favorite search engine for more information.
Remember: All book purchases made through our arborday.org link to Amazon.com returns a portion of the sale price to the Arbor Day Foundation to support its educational programs in tree planting and environmental stewardship. Simply go to the Arbor Day Online Books section of this site.
Conservation Trees is an Arbor Day Foundation booklet that explains the many ways to use trees on the land and offers tips for their pruning and care.
The National Agroforestry Center issues a periodic newsletter, Inside Agroforestry, on use of trees and shrubs in agricultural systems and urban settings. Free online or in print format.
Quick Links to Key Websites
- The National Agroforestry Center provides a wealth of information about putting trees to work for conservation and improvement of the land in country and city.
- The Illinois Water Survey offers excellent suggestions for using trees to stabilize creek banks.
- Visit the Hazelnut Consortium for ways to use hazelnuts as a sustainable crop with myriad environmental and economic benefits.
- The many practical benefits of trees have been documented by researchers in the USDA Forest Service. Find the results summarized at the website of the Urban Ecosystems and Social Dynamics Program.
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