Urban and Community Forestry Committee

The Urban and Community Forestry Committee is comprised of urban forestry coordinators from each of the 20 member states and the District of Columbia. Urban forestry coordinators are responsible for leading state-level urban forestry programs in their respective states. Urban forestry is about the trees where people live, work and play - and so, includes trees and forests in our towns, along our streets, in our parks and in our backyards. State coordinators work with a wide range of constituents and partners including: local and tribal governments, school districts, nonprofits and community-based organizations all focused on improving the stewardship of trees and the ecosystem services they provide.


Resources

Call to Action 

Briefing Paper 

List of Resources 

GSI PowerPoint presentation

News & Announcements

How Lucky Are We To Have Urban Trees?

Just as Ireland is famously known as the Emerald Isle for its lush green landscapes, so are those communities that plant and enhance their urban forests. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, it’s not an exaggeration to say that “it’s a lucky thing to have trees!”

Trees for American Heart Month

This effect on health also has economic impacts. Having quality, well-managed green spaces near where people live and work could return an annual savings of $1.2–$2.3 billion related to healthcare for cardiovascular disease and $1.3–$2.6 billion for hypertension. Coupled with other nature-provided health benefits, this is an overall savings of $11.7 billion per year in avoided health care costs! It is critical and economically savvy to have high quality, nearby nature in our communities that is available to everyone.

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