Tree advocates launch new guidebook making connection between trees and air quality

Shades of Green book coverShades of Green book coverTree-planting event December 13 at UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law

LAS VEGAS—Shades of Green, a collaboration of tree experts, planners and educators, have developed the first free resource designed to increase awareness about the value of community trees in improving air quality.

Cleaner Air, Tree by Tree: A Best Management Practices and Guide for Urban Trees in Southern Nevada will be launched December 13 at two events.

“We wanted to create an easy-to-use resource guide for developers, planners and decision makers specifically tailored to Southern Nevada,” said Matt Koepnick, community forester with the Nevada Division of Forestry.

To emphasize the importance of trees to Nevada’s air quality, the group will launch the book December 13 at noon at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension on 8050 S. Maryland Parkway. A tree planting ceremony will follow in front of UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law at 2:30. The tree planting ceremony is free and open to the public.

“We want to encourage our community leaders to use best practices for valuing trees in Nevada and participate in this tree planting to highlight our commitment to improving air quality,” Pete Anderson, State Forester.

The Nevada Division of Forestry, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, is helping Clark County leverage the benefits of urban trees to reduce problems with air pollution, heat islands and runoff. Research shows that trees play an important role in improving air quality in even the most arid climates.

“We believe that providing proven benefits and techniques for managing urban trees in an easy-to-use format can have a powerful impact on air quality throughout the region,” said Susan Stead, urban forestry program coordinator with the Nevada Division of Forestry.

Shades of Green plans to make the guidebook available in areas with similar climates. Cleaner Air, Tree by Tree can be downloaded at the Nevada Division of Forestry’s Web site.

Contact Susan Stead at 775-684-2506 for more information.

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