Urban and Community Forestry

U.S. Capitol Grounds Now an Accredited Arboretum

The United States Capitol Grounds was recently named an accredited arboretum. The grounds are now listed in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a comprehensive list of arboreta and public gardens that have a substantial focus on woody plants for the benefit of the public, science and conservation.

As a Level II arboretum, Capitol Grounds is recognized as an area with at least 100 species of woody plants, dedicated staff, enhanced public education programs and a documented collections policy.  

Share Your Arbor Day Events

Arbor Day has always been one of those holidays loyally celebrated by some and yet completely unknown to others. It’s time to change that.

This year the National Association of State Foresters and the Arbor Day Foundation are asking you to submit information about your local Arbor Day celebration to be included on a cool interactive website that will raise awareness of the national holiday by showcasing a map of events across the United States encouraging residents to participate or just be “in the know.”

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.