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Beneficios de los Árboles

Información sobre los beneficios de los árboles, incluyendo beneficios sociales, comunitarios, ambientales y económicos. La página también proporciona detalles sobre los árboles como inversiones. Proporcionado por International Society of Arboriculture y Asociación Española de Arboricultura.

Community Trees: A Living Investment

This USDA Forest Service DVD series promotes the value of trees in our lives and in our communities using scientific research and citizen testimonials. Each series is intended for a specific audience: citizens, community advocates, and decision makers. Includes links to view the series online as well as the option to obtain a DVD copy of "Community Trees: A Living Investment".

EnviroAtlas

EnviroAtlas, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tool, allows users to access interactive resources related to the benefits people receive from nature, such as data, maps, and other tools. Includes instructional videos and training documents to demonstrate how to use EnviroAtlas and a link to subscribe to their email list.

Financing Green Infrastucture

This briefing paper from the National Recreation and Park Association provides guidance on financing green infrasturcture projects. The key messages were:

 

#1 The budgeting process must consider the differing life cycle characteristics between green and gray infrastructure.
#2 Local taxes, user fees, and stormwater utility fees are suitable for both capital and O&M expenses.
#3 Grants and state revolving funds or other low- to zero-interest loans may fund planning and capital costs.
#4 Nontraditional sources of financing, such as public-private partnerships and nongovernmental funding, allow communities to leverage public funding against foundation, corporate, and community contributions.

ForestInfo.org

Forestinfo.org is a source for environmental information that is understandable, unbiased, accurate, and available in a wide variety of formats, inlcuding lesson plans, curricula, posters, and more.  Dovetail Partners strives to facilitate informed decisions regarding forestry-related issues.

Forests on the Edge

The Forests on the Edge project of the USDA Forest Service uses GIS to determine how forest services are affected by factors such as development, fire, insect pests, and diseases. Includes links to completed reports related to the project.

Funding Trees for Health - Finance and Policy to Enable Tree Planting for Public Health

Every year, between 3 and 4 million people around the world die as a result of air pollution and its lifelong impacts on human health, from asthma to cardiac disease to strokes. Each summer, thousands of unnecessary deaths result from heat waves in urban areas. Studies have shown that trees are a cost-effective solution for both of these challenges. 

This report from The Nature Conservancy outlines steps that can be taken to improve funding for trees to improve public health.

Green Cities: Good Health

Website presents research on the effect of nature and green spaces in urban areas on human health and well-being. Users can search through specific research themes and view additional resources. Created with collaboration from University of Washington, USDA Forest Service, and Urban & Community Forestry.

Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Guide to Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement

The guide from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers information on why partnerships between stormwater managers and parks managers can be beneficial and how you can create such partnerships. The guide presents an overview of green infrastructure and describes practices that can be used to manage stormwater in parks.

Illinois Urban Wood

The Illinois Wood Utilization Team website includes information about wood utilization from urban and community trees felled in Illinois, including related news stories, blog posts, resources, newsletters, and examples of what can be crafted from the wood.

Mother Nature's Child

Mother Nature's Child is a film by Fuzzy Slippers Productions that explores how time spent in nature promotes children’s well-being, contributes to the future of the planet, and nourishes the human spirit. Includes interviews with Richard Louv, David Sobel, Stephen Kellert and others. Available to purchase for an individual's or group's viewing.

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