Urban and Community Forestry

DC's urban tree canopy boasts new growth

Preliminary data from a study of multispectral imagery shows the District of Columbia is getting greener. According to the assessment, DC's urban tree canopy has grown by 2.1 percent over the past 5 years, and now covers 37.2% of the city. The full report will be available in the next few months.

MORE: NASF published a briefing paper on how tree canopy affects air quality in urban environments 

Partners in Community Forestry conference seeking presentation proposals

The Call for Proposals is now open for this year's Partners in Community Forestry National Conference, November 14-16, at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California. With opportunities for presentations across a broad range of partnership themes and a variety of proposal format options, the program committee is striving to create the most educational, innovative and engaging program yet. Proposals can be submitted through April 9.

Urban Stormwater Runoff

This briefing paper provides current information related to the national issue of stormwater runoff in urban areas. State foresters can provide assistance to integrate trees and forests into green infrastructure planning and implementation to address this important issue.

NASF Resolution No. 2007-4: Tree Line USA

A Resolution to Promote the Goals of the Tree Line USA Programs Managed and Delivered by the National Arbor Day Foundation

PURPOSE: To recognize the Tree Line USA program’s excellence in utility vegetation management practices. Under the administration of the National Arbor Day Foundation (“NADF”), Tree Line USA helps America’s utilities demonstrate practices that protect and enhance America’s urban forests. The program promotes the goals of dependable local utility services and promotes healthy trees along the streets and highways of America.

NASF Resolution No. 1990-1: America the Beautiful (retired by Resolution No. 2004-6)

(retired by Resolution No. 2004-6)

WHEREAS: the President's budget for FY 1991 calls for a significant new environmental program entitled America the Beautiful; and

WHEREAS: part of this program is a major national tree planting initiative, with a goal of planting, maintaining and improving one billion trees per year in communities and rural areas throughout the United States; and

NASF Resolution No. 1988-5: Urban Wildfire Initiative (retired by Resolution No. 2005-2)

(retired by Resolution No. 2005-2)

WHEREAS, the National Association of State Foresters has committed to a full partnership in developing a major fire protection initiative associated with residential and commercial expression in forest and wildland areas with the National Fire Protection Association, the U.S. Fire Administration, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S.D.I. in a resolution ratified in the Executive Session of the 1986 Annual Meeting; and

NASF Resolution No. 1988-8: Total Mobility (retired by Resolution No. 2005-2 and updated by Resolution No. 2005-3)

(retired by Resolution No. 2005-2 and updated by Resolution No. 2005-3)

WHEREAS, more and more people are building homes in wildland areas and in the Wildland/Urban Interface; and

WHEREAS, most wildland fire protection organizations are not equipped to protect these structures or the lives of the people living in these areas; and

WHEREAS, these factors, together with climactic conditions, have resulted in an increase in the fire danger nationwide; and