Urban and Community Forestry

Toronto: An urban forest in crisis

Toronto’s urban forest is in trouble. Climate change is set to have a major impact and planners must scramble to temper the fast growth of invasive species.

As the city tries to expand its canopy, mistakes from the past are showing why tree choice and smart planning matter for the coming years.

Cities are already a hostile place for trees to grow. The “heat island” effect creates a climate too warm for comfort, salt from the winter is damaging, the soil is suffering from nutrient degradation and root systems often go into shock.

Meet the Tree City USA Communities

Thousands of Tree City USA communities—large and small—have made a commitment to their urban tree canopy and their residents. Is your town one of them?

Tree City USA, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, is an Arbor Day Foundation program in cooperation with NASF and the USDA Forest Service.

Check out this Arbor Day Foundation map to find your nearest Tree City USA community. 

UCF Workshop

The 24th Annual Urban and Community Forestry Workshop will be held Friday, October 7th at Carroll Community College, Westminster, MD. Presented by Bartlett Tree Experts, the Westminster Tree Commission, and the City of Westminster.
Early Bird registration now through July 31st – save $15 per registrant!

Secretary Vilsack Announces 2016 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grants

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the 2016 USDA Forest Service's National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge grant recipients. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $900,000 in funding to four goal recipients who will demonstrate how healthy urban forests can increase public health benefits, improve development and redevelopment efforts, and contribute to urban food production

New Report: How Communities Are Managing Their Urban Trees

Trees are a recognized and significant asset to communities, but to remain so, and increase in value they need care and regular maintenance. Municipal Tree Care and Management in the United States: A 2014 Urban & Community Forestry Census of Tree Activities is the fifth report over 40 years that addresses the many approaches communities take to manage public trees. Findings show how 667 communities are managing their trees on average, and how their municipal urban forestry operations are organized and funded.

How trees combat the urban heat island effect

You might consider urban areas to be the epitome of cool, but that couldn't be further from the truth. If you're a city dweller, you've probably found yourself stranded on an urban heat island, and you didn't even know it.

Heat island effect is a term that refers to higher temperatures and air pollution in urban areas, which is caused by the structures within the urban areas themselves. Urban areas are much warmer than surrounding rural areas and can be viewed as lonely islands filled with oppressive heat and extreme pollution.

Colorado Battling Tussock Moth

In Colorado, black-tusked tussock moths have spread across 25,000 acres in the last year from the 2014 infested area of 1,000 acres. The moth’s caterpillars are rapidly defoliating fir trees along Colorado’s Front Range, raising concerns for wildfire, recreation and tourism, and water supplies. Defoliated trees pose elevated wildfire risks and invite other pests, such as mountain pine beetles and western spruce budworm.