Urban and Community Forestry

March 5, 2019

Do right by your trees: Prune, and prune correctly

March is a great time to prune trees. While pruning can be done at any time during the year, new growth is maximized, wound closure is fastest, and pest risks are lowest if pruning takes place before spring growth. Correctly pruning a tree lengthens its life and increases its value, however poor pruning—especially "topping"—can lead [read more]

August 11, 2017

The Value of West Virginia's Urban and Community Forests

West Virginia University (WVU) researchers and the West Virginia Division of Forestry have teamed up to better understand and communicate the significant economic and environmental impacts of urban and community tree canopy cover across the state. Greg Dahle, associate professor of arboriculture and urban forestry in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and [read more]

April 21, 2017

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2017 NASF Awards

The Nomination Period is Now Closed. Recognize national-level excellence in forestry! The National Association of State Foresters is now accepting nominations for the 2017 NASF Awards. 2017 NASF Award categories include: Michael Buck Outstanding Service Award for Forest Public Policy Pete Anderson Current Achievement Award for Fire Protection Ken Arney Current Achievement Award for Forest [read more]

January 31, 2017

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 [read more]

December 22, 2016

Celebrate Arbor Day on April 28, 2017

With 2017 just around the corner, now is the time to start planning an Arbor Day celebration in your community. Ideas for celebrations and ready-to-use resources are available through the Arbor Day Foundation to help you get ready, including: Ways to celebrate the tree-planting holiday. The history of national Arbor Day. Ideas for inspiring your school or [read more]

November 28, 2016

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. [read more]

October 26, 2016

Partnerships revive D.C. Watershed

By Emily Bazydlo The ecologically valuable Anacostia River in Maryland and Washington, DC, once known widely for high levels of pollution, is recovering thanks to the power of local partnerships.  A main source of pollution in the Anacostia is stormwater runoff.  Stormwater runoff is rainfall that flows over the ground surface and is the number [read more]

October 17, 2016

Download the new My Tree—Our Forest® fact sheet

Urban and community forests provide essential benefits we cannot live without. My Tree—Our Forest®, NASF's urban and community forestry campaign, aims to increase public understanding about the benefits that healthy forests offer to communities across the United States and the role that state forestry agencies play in protecting the nation’s urban trees.  Download the new My Tree—Our Forest fact sheet for [read more]