Urban and Community Forestry

NASF and MD Forest Service Lead Tour for Congressional Staff

By Greg Pilchak

On Wednesday August 10th, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service hosted an NASF State and Private Forestry program tour for key congressional staff.

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. 

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Philadelphia

Following years of anxiety and suspicion of a potential emerald ash borer infestation, Philadelphia now has official physical evidence of EAB’s arrival. In late June, pheromone traps throughout the city attracted and caught several insects.

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.