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.

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.

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.