A brand-new website, the Vibrant Cities Lab, is now available on line. The website is an interesting compendium of resources, research, tools and ideas, laid out in an accessible manner that draws people in. In addition to those who work professionally in tree care, the website is also geared towards providing tools to municipal managers, governmental leaders, advocates and others who need to know about trees.
The Vibrant Cities Lab is the product of a joint effort by the USDA Forest Service, American Forests and the National Association of Regional Councils. The website draws on a wide range of resources, evaluating them as to usefulness and then making them easily available to the user. The goal is to continue to grow this library of resources, including new research, resources and case studies as they come along.
The Lab is also a great place in which to browse for ideas, especially ideas relating to policy concerns and management options in the urban forest. The structure of the web pages encourages that sort of productive digging into the available material, offering options and choices that the user of the website can them pursue further.
It is worth spending a few minutes browsing the pages of this website. Over time, expect it to continue to grow, becoming even more useful as new and updated resources are added.