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Our research demonstrates new ways that trees add value to communities, converting results into financial terms to stimulate more investment in trees.

Pacific Southwest Research Station
800 Buchanan Street
West Annex Building
Albany, CA 94710-0011

(510) 559-6300

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Programs and Projects


Center for Urban Forest Research

The Center for Urban Forest Research produces a wide variety of urban forestry research products, available to public managers, urban planners, city foresters, landscape designers, arborists, and other interested parties. The products are presented in the following formats and can be accessed by clicking on each category type or using the search option to the left:

Published reports

Our Center publishes research findings in journals, conference proceedings, and periodicals, as well as General Technical Reports and dissertations.


We've put our newsletters on hold temporarily, but you can keep in touch with the latest research being done at the Center by signing up for our News Briefs! Click here to add your name to the list.

Research summaries

Our Center produces easy-to-read summaries of our research projects.


Center staff attend and present at numerous local, national, and worldwide urban forestry conferences and meetings. View our PowerPoint presentations here.


Our Center is in the process of producing various computer models that can be used to make informed decisions regarding urban forest management.

STRATUM - an application within the new i-Tree software suite, is an easy to use, computer-based program that helps communities assess the benefits of their street trees. - Learn more

ecoSmart - a Web-based program designed to evaluate the economic trade-offs between different landscape practices on residential parcels. - view flyer
Visit our new ecoSmart site!

Municipal Forest Resource Analysis

Our reports provide detailed information on a particular city's tree resource. They include urban forest structure, function and value, along with resource management needs. A summary of annual benefits is provided that includes energy conservation, air quality, stormwater runoff control, and property value increase.

Tree guides

Our Tree Guides identify and describe the benefits and costs of planting trees in a specific climate region to assist community officials and tree managers increase public awareness and support for tree programs.

Fact Sheets

Our Center creates one page fact sheets to provide a quick reference to urban forestry research facts. They are designed to be photocopied and distributed.

Center News Briefs

Periodically, things occur at our Center that are newsworthy but beyond the scope of our newsletter. We email these in PDF format to our subscribers. Click here to add your name to the list!

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Center produces lists of frequently asked questions for particular research projects.

Last Modified: Mar 28, 2013 02:56:38 PM