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Urban and Community Forestry

Welcome to Urban and Community Forestry

What is an Urban Forest?

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Urban forests are trees for people!

They are dynamic ecosystems that provide environmental services such as clean air and water. Trees cool cities and save energy; improve air quality; strengthen quality of place and local economies; reduce storm water runoff; improve social connections; complement smart growth; and create walkable communities.

Learn more about this critical resource and what the Forest Service is doing to protect it…


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National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

2015 Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share grant applications are to be submitted by May 15, 2014.

Community Trees

Sustaining America's Urban Trees and Forests: A Forests on the Edge Report

The distribution of urban tree cover and the benefits of urban forests vary across the United States, as do the challenges of sustaining this important resource. Learn more from this new US Forest Service report.

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For additional urban forestry information and networking opportunities, please visit our partners at Alliance for Community Trees who plant, sustain, and advocate for trees in America's communities.

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The Forest Service supports projects and research related to a diverse array of urban and community forestry issues. Follow the links below for more information, or visit our full subject page to learn about more endeavors.


Green Infrastructure

Conservation planning using a green infrastructure approach helps communities balance environmental and economic goals to achieve smarter, more sustainable land use patterns.

Tree Owner's Manual

One common issue facing our urban forests is the fact that trees are dying prematurely. Many are planted improperly, setting them up for failure. Many do not receive regular maintenance. And few are adequately protected during construction projects. To help remedy this issue, the Forest Service has created this Tree Owner’s Manual.

Greenhouse Warming and Landscape Care

Greenhouse Warming and Landscape Care and other reports from the Northern Research Station highlight the importance of trees and "green" landscaping practices in reducing the urban carbon footprint.

Tree Rings and the Local Environment

Reading this article, you will be able to define tree rings and describe how they are formed, explain the types of information that can be gathered from tree ring records and why they are useful, and describe the science of dendrochronology and the importance of crossdating in assigning tree ring calendar years. CEUs for this article apply to Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, Municipal Specialist, Tree/Worker Climber, and the BCMA science category.

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Last modified: June 09, 2014