Urban and Community Forestry

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.

Austin trees – there’s an app for that

For the first time ever, a census for trees is available in a new, easy-to-use application developed by Texas A&M Forest Service.

The Urban Forest Inventory and Analysis of trees in Austin, Texas is presented graphically in My City’s Trees.

My City’s Trees enables civic leaders, community planners, elected officials and anyone with access to the Internet to learn about Austin’s urban forest and explore Urban FIA data by land cover, city growth, watersheds and eco-regions.

California Street Trees Provide $1 Billion in Annual Value

A new report from the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station estimates trees lining California’s streets provide benefits to urban communities worth $1 billion annually. Using i-Tree, an urban forest inventory and management software suite, researchers arrived at a complete understanding of California’s tree species, size, location, and associated benefits.

North Dakota Celebrates Tree City USA's 40th Anniversary

By Larry Kotchman, North Dakota State Forester on behalf of the Arbor Day Foundation

This year, we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program.  Sixteen communities across the nation have been part of the Tree City USA program since the beginning in 1976.  Grand Forks and Mandan, North Dakota, are two of those original communities being honored for their commitment to preserve and enhance their public trees. 

Pittsburgh's First Urban Forest Inventory and Analysis

This month, the USDA Forest Service is carrying out Pittsburgh’s first urban Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA). Pittsburgh is one of the first urban areas to be surveyed by the FIA program, often referred to as “the Nation’s Forest Census.” After 80 years of monitoring the nation’s rural forests, the FIA has begun surveying select metropolitan areas in recognition of the value of urban forests and the need to gather data for their management.

Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Nebraska

On Wednesday, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture announced that the emerald ash borer (EAB) had been found earlier in the week in southeast Omaha. This is the first official confirmation of EAB in the Nebraska, making it the 27th state to succumb to the invasive species.