Urban and Community Forestry

State Foresters Host Congressional Briefings about Forest Action Plans

Members of the National Association of State Foresters’ executive committee held Congressional briefings on May 4 to introduce decision makers to state Forest Action Plans and convey the importance of consulting these important documents when making forest management decisions. In attendance were key staff members from the House and Senate Agriculture Committees and member offices, USDA Forest Service staff, and regional state forestry association staff.

How Your Community Can Apply to Be a Tree City USA

Did you know that every state has at least one Tree City?

The smallest Tree City is Sibley, North Dakota with a population of just 28 people. On the other end of the spectrum, the largest Tree City is New York with a population of more than 8.4 million. Ohio is the state with the most Tree Cities (242).

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with NASF and the USDA Forest Service.

Emerald Ash Borer Eating into Municipal Budgets

When a tree dies in a city street, a private yard, or a public park, it becomes a lethal threat to people and property. City governments and property owners end up paying to safely dispose of the trunk, and the benefits that tree provided to its neighborhood are lost.

Since the early 2000s, the emerald ash borer has killed tens of millions of ash trees across 25 states. It was firest idenified stateside in Detroit back in 2002, but it had likely been chomping on American wood for some time by then. 

Why the 40th Anniversary of Tree City USA is So Important

The Tree City USA program, founded in 1976, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016. This program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with NASF and the USDA Forest Service (USFS).

This national program is helping state forestry agencies meet the urban and community forestry goals outlined in each Forest Action Plan.

A Tree City USA designation results in major public benefits!

Tree City USA 40th Anniversary Photo Contest

Last week we wrote about the Tree City USA program’s 40th anniversary.

In honor of this milestone, the Arbor Day Foundation wants to see your best Tree City USA photos!

Your snapshot could be a scenic view, your tree city celebration or your community’s Tree City USA certification sign. We encourage you to get creative!

Photos posted using #TreeCityUSA40 and #MyTreeCityUSA40 will be entered into the contest.

Highlights from the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition Meeting

Last month, Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC) hosted its Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. 

This national urban forestry coalition held a reception in the United States Botanic Garden. The stars of the reception were Congressman David Joyce of Ohio's 14th District and USDA Forest Service Associate Chief Mary Wagner.

FY 2017 Appropriations: NASF Delivers Coalition Letters

The National Association of State Foresters provided coalition letters in support of fiscal year 2017 appropriations levels for priority USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry (S&PF) programs. 

State and private forests make up more than two thirds of our nation’s forests and provide a host of public benefits including jobs, clean air and water, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and forest products.

Read NASF's FY 2017 Appropriations Recommendation Letters: