Urban and Community Forestry

What Is A Tree Worth? Trees brighten city streets and delight nature-starved urbanites. Now scientists are learning that they also play a crucial role in the green infrastructure of America’s cities.

Value of Urban and Community Forests

Forested neighborhoods have less crime, less pollution, reduced energy costs, higher resale value, and higher “Quality of Life” than similar open areas.

In 1995, the annual energy conservation value of trees in Fairfax County exceeded $330 million dollars.

Community Tree Care

Ordinances

Do you want to create a tree care program for your area? The links below offer examples of ordinances that communities can use to develop and maintain a positive urban forest environment.

  • Virginia Tree Ordinance Database, for assistance in developing your community tree ordinances.
  • The Southern Region of the USDA Forest Service contains sample tree ordinances, a training manual, news from around the South, and many useful links: www.urbanforestrysouth.org
  • Luray Hawksbill Greenway is a great example of an urban greenway that has become a focal point for the community www.hawksbillgreenway.org

Many community forests are not functioning to their capacity. Find out how to get the most out of yours through using this informative 10 chapter reference guide: Restoring the Urban Forest Ecosystem. This site also offers a tree selection guide for 680 species of urban trees.

Programs

Promoting Sustainable Residential Development to Conserve Forestland Resources - Materials related to the Sustainable Development in Forestlands project - including development and management guidelines, workshop results, and ordinance provisions.

Tree Information

Arbor Day

Tree City USA

A national recognition program that provides a basis for a good community forestry program. Cities must meet four program criteria as follows:

  • a tree ordinance
  • a tree advisory board
  • spend $2 per capita on their community tree care program
  • hold an Arbor Day celebration and proclamation

Applications must be submitted annually to maintain Tree City USA status. For more information on the program go to arborday.org

Additional Information

Additional Urban and Community Forestry Information

  • Visit our Links page for these online resources.

Last modified: Thursday, 16-Oct-2014 14:46:33 EDT