Urban and Community Forestry

Arkansas Accepting Proposals for Urban & Community Forestry Tree Management Grants

The Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) Urban & Community Forestry Program has opened 2016 Tree Management Grants to proposals through February 9, 2016. Eligible recipients include non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and local/state government organizations. Grants are available to fund projects that develop/improve public tree management and maintenance. Grant applications are available at forestry.arkansas.gov.  Funded grants will be announced February 24th, 2016.

Trees in Trouble: Saving America's Urban Forests

It seemed to happen almost overnight. Thousands of trees started dying unexpectedly in SW Ohio. Cincinnati almost went broke trying to keep the invasion from damaging property—or worse.

The killer was a tiny insect known as the emerald ash borer, a new invasive insect from Asia that will wipe out every ash tree in America...unless we do something about it. First found near Detroit in 2002, emerald ash borers have now infested trees in 35 states, from New Hampshire to South Carolina and as far west as Colorado.

Map: 25 Years of Urban Forestry Funding in Colorado

Twenty five years ago, the passage of the 1990 Farm Bill marked the formal beginning of the Colorado State Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) program.

The U&CF program created an online story map celebrating 25 years of noteworthy grant-funded projects since this landmark legislation, complete with historical photos and other images. The story map highlights 10 noteworthy grant awards/planting projects that demonstrate the broad impact of urban forestry efforts in Colorado on cities large and small.

Texans Celebrate Arbor Day

Texans from across the state gathered to honor all of the ways trees enrich lives and stabilize the environment  during the State Arbor Day celebration at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station.

The festivities closed out a year-long celebration of Texas A&M ForestService’s centennial year and the "History in the Making: Texas A&M Forest Service" exhibit at the museum which chronicles the last 100 years of the agency.

325-year-old oak growing strong at a Kentucky airport

More than a hundred years before Kentucky became a state, a small white oak seed burrowed its way into the dirt in what is now western Franklin County. The year was around 1690.

The tree, which began on what was British-owned soil, would continue to grow strong and sturdy on free American land with the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. 

Toronto urban forest public art installation campaign underway

Wouldn’t our neighborhoods be better if we just had more trees? That’s the question the Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF), in partnership with the City of Toronto, want residents to ask themselves when they see its new public art campaign.

“We’re basically reaching out to Torontonians and asking them to imagine a greener Toronto,” said Janet McKay, the executive director of LEAF.

She said the concept behind the art that people will be seeing is to catch their attention with “something that seems different, or out of place.”

2015 Resolutions

The following resolutions were approved on September 15, 2015 at the Annual Meeting in Olympic Valley, California.

Resolution 2015-01—Tax Reform. This resolution adopts the policy statement, “Tax Policy and its Relationship to Managing and Protecting the Nation’s Forest Resource.”            

Policy Statement 2015-01—Tax Reform. This policy statement was adopted by resolution 2015-01.