Current Projects

Current projects include research and technical assistance we are performing on a range of topics relevant to the policy and management of urban forests. Not seeing the project you are looking for? Click ALL PROJECTS

Recycling Stormwater With a Tree-Based Bioretention System

Stormwater runoff is major problem for people and the environment in urban areas. We are investigating a stormwater bioretention system that captures runoff from impervious surfaces and uses trees to recycle the water back to the atmosphere through evapotranspiration. Learn more.

Urban Reforestation after a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters often leave communities with widespread destruction and significant tree loss. This project examines how a 2011 tornado impacted tree loss and recovery in a small southwest Virginia community. Learn More.

Soil Rehabilitation

Urbanization degrades and compacts soils. We quantify the effects of soil rehabilitation through Soil Profile Rebuilding on ecosystem services and tree growth. Learn more.

Tree Shade and Energy Conservation

Trees help conserve energy by casting shade upon air-conditioned buildings. We are using computer simulations of tree shade to determine the best place to plant a tree so that homes stay cool, comfortable, and energy efficient. Learn more.

Urban Forest Waste Utilization

Where does all that brush, chips, and wood go? Our aim is identify opportunities to reduce urban forest waste and create value in urban forest products in Virginia. Learn more.

Urban Forestry 2020

Surveys and focus groups to understand perceptions of the urban forestry profession to move urban forestry forward through a consensus-building process among regional organizations and stakeholders. Learn more.