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Nicollet Island: Seeing the Forest for the Trees

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ometimes people ask if I am bummed to not win last year’s Minneapolis Park & Rec Board race and my answer is always a resounding No. Five seats flipped and my Big Ideas won, along with a new majority ready to implement the same goals. A personal favorite, the Triangle Improvement Plan, was fully and […]

Sunday Summary – February 8, 2015

It’s another summary of another week with all the posts carefully valued, occasionally cross-referenced and thoughtfully arranged for quick and/or quirky reading. Let’s Do It Better Department Sidewalks Need to Stop Killing Trees summarizes and responds to a recent report given to the Minneapolis City Council’s Transportation and Public Works committee which revealed that “boulevard trees […]

Soil and Water in the Life of a Street Tree

This is the second post in the series Understanding the Urban Forest from the Ground Up.  Part one can be read here. Unlike other forms of infrastructure, urban forests are also an ecosystem.  As a managed system, it grows and evolves over time, but has basic requirements that must be met in order to function […]