Urban and Community Forestry

Invasive beetle threatens Tulsa's 200,000 ash trees

Since the emerald ash borer was first found in Oklahoma nearly three months ago in a trap near Grove, a few sightings from private land owners in that area—one verified—also have been reported.

The pest is of particular concern for Tulsa, given the city’s proximity to Delaware County and use of ash trees in streetscapes and parks.

The ash borer is a beetle not native to North America that attacks all types of ashes, with the potential to kill small trees in a year or two and large ones in three to four years.

Presidential Transition Plan: Trees and Forests are America’s Natural Capital

Trees and forests built America and are essential for the nation’s growth and success. State forestry agencies are poised to support the new presidential administration. The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) is pleased to provide the Donald Trump Administration and Congress with recommendations for capitalizing on the benefits of trees and forests. 

Database captures urban tree sizes across the United States

City planners and urban foresters now have a resource to more precisely select tree species whose growth will be a landscaping dream instead of a maintenance nightmare.

The U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station recently published a technical manual and launched the most extensive database available cataloging urban trees with their projected growth tailored to specific geographic regions.

Plant Heroes Campaign Educates Youth about Forest Health Threats

By Emily Bazydlo 

Looking for a fun an innovative way to teach youth to identify plant pests and diseases in their communities?

Check out Plant Heroes, an educational campaign by the American Public Gardens Association with support from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Serivce and Forest Service, offers free downloadable educational materials with fun characters that teach students about invasive species.

Indianapolis Aims to Plant 10,000 More Trees

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Indy Parks, the Department of Public Works (DPW) and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) recently announced the beginning of a long-term partnership that will forever change the landscape of dozens of Indianapolis neighborhoods.

Ten Thousand Trees is an initiative to plant 10,000 trees in support of the city’s consent decree, an agreement with the US EPA to make our waterways cleaner by the year 2025. 

Tree Saving Program in Claremont, California is Recognized

More than a year ago residents and preservationists declared the city was in a tree crisis.

They called on the city to take action and help save some 1,600 trees that were stressed due to the drought.

Claremont immediately reacted, pumping slightly more than $250,000 into a plan to save those trees. As a result, the city lost less than one percent of its drought-stricken trees.

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Download the new My Tree—Our Forest® fact sheet

Urban and community forests provide essential benefits we cannot live without. My Tree—Our Forest®, NASF's urban and community forestry campaign, aims to increase public understanding about the benefits that healthy forests offer to communities across the United States and the role that state forestry agencies play in protecting the nation’s urban trees.