Welcome to the Greening in the Red Zone blog. Here you will read about examples of people turning to nature in times of crisis to get through hardships from the news media, and from personal accounts. Of particular interest are stories of people whose involvement in "greening" immediately after a disaster or war increased their own and their community's resistance and resilience to the disturbance. We hope you will find inspiration in these stories, and we welcome you to add your own stories of Greening in the Red Zone.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

Growing Trees Together: After the Joplin Tornado

Here is a great piece underscoring the  importance of urban forestry after a disasetr from my friend and colleague Ric Mayer:

www.isa-arbor.com/events/conference/proceedings/2013/MAYER_Sprouting a Community Recovery Forest.pdf

Monday, September 23, 2013

OUTDOORS: Wounded, but willing - Finger Lakes Times: Sports

Here is a piece describinbg recent work with Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation at a couples retreat in upstate NY.

OUTDOORS: Wounded, but willing - Finger Lakes Times: Sports

Friday, September 6, 2013

Greening in the Red Zone book review in Children, Youth, and Environments journal

Children, Youth and Environments Vol. 23, No. 1, Children, Violence, Community and the Physical Environment (2013), pp. 232-233 (article consists of 2 pages)
Excerpt -- OTHER PUBLICATIONS OF NOTE Greening in the Red Zone: Disaster, Resilience and Community Greening Keith G. Tidball and Marianne E. Krasny, eds. (2013). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer, 300 pages. $179.00 USD (hardback). ISBN 978-90-481-9946-4. This collection explores how people benefit from access to green spaces after traumatic events like violent conflicts or natural disasters—or even, in the case of wartime gardens, how people can use them to find refuge in the midst of trauma. The book’s premise is that the resilience of ecosystems and human systems are interdependent, and it seeks to make ecological restoration, gardening and urban greening integral elements of resilience theory. Given mounting evidence of the importance of contact with nature for human well-being, this integration is overdue. A substantial volume, the book contains 22 chapters that review research and theory, 11 vignettes that describe how communities around the world transformed scenes of destruction into green havens, and an introduction and synthesis by the book’s editors that connect the acts of community greening and caring for the natural world to social health and well-being... [more]. DOI: 10.7721/chilyoutenvi.23.1.0232 Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7721/chilyoutenvi.23.1.0232

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Rock, Tree, Human

A nice piece from my friend and colleague Erika Svendsen.... Rock, Tree, Human

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Extreme outdoor recreation helps wounded warriorr

A serviceman from West Sussex who lost a leg following an explosion in Afghanistan is on course to be selected for a South Pole expedition.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Memorialization & Trees at Arlington National Cemetery

On  a recent trip to Arlington National Cemetery I came across this example of memorialization and trees.  The tree and memorial were installed by the Military Officers Association of America. Also of interest are the many wreaths, on on each grave, installed by volunteers.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Super Bowl is Over, But The Trees are Staying Around in NOLA

I argued that tree planting was a key component to NOLA's post-Katrina resilience, and that Communities of Practice around urban reforestation efforts would create additional social-ecological system resilience in Katrina (see here).  Perhaps here is some evidence of that... congratulations NOLA and Hike for KaTREEna!

Check the article out here: Super Bowl is Over, But The Trees are Staying Around – ACTrees

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Getting the Dirt on Hurricane Sandy - NYTimes.com

Here's an interesting piece that deals with the notion of  Citizen Science as a greening response to red zones, in this case a natural disaster. For more on Citizen Science in disaster contexts, see: http://tinyurl.com/citscidisaster.

Getting the Dirt on Hurricane Sandy - NYTimes.com

Friday, January 18, 2013

Cornell Chronicle: Veterans given access to green space

See here for an article in the Cornell Chronicle about veterans and the value of green space in their reintegration after deployment.

Cornell Chronicle: Veterans given access to green space