Ecology Comes to the City

Traditionally, ecological studies have taken place mainly in the wild, away from the confines of the concrete jungle. Over the past few years, however, the field of “urban ecology” has been on the rise. Urban ecology seeks to explore how local plants and animals fare in urban environments-a topic that is becoming more and more relevant as cities continue to expand.

Recent studies conducted in cities across the  globe have shown  surprising results. Researchers  in Brisbane, Australia have found that while all  types of urban growth reduced bird populations,  sprawl accelerated the decline compared to areas  with higher residential density. Closer to home, a  study comparing the growth of red oak trees in New York City to those in the nearby Catskill mountains revealed that city trees had eight times as much biomass as those in the country, grew leaves with greater area, and contained higher concentrations of leaf nitrogen.

We look forward to hearing more about this exciting new field!


San Jose Combats Crime with Trees

SanJose_videoGood morning! This great story greeted us today and we couldn’t keep it to ourselves. We’re excited to hear about the great work being done by San Jose, CA non-profit Our City Forest, and the awesome community they work with to help trees and neighborhoods care for each other.

We love all the great information that’s been coming out lately linking green communities to healthier, happier, safer places to be. From published research out of Portland and Baltimore, to stories like this one, and from our own community at GSP restoration site Cheasty Greenspace Mt. View and others, this hot topic is turning out some pretty great news. Here’s to everyone out there working to keep the trend going!