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.


Call to Action 

Briefing Paper 

List of Resources 

GSI PowerPoint presentation

News & Announcements

Springtime is Finally Here and that Means Allergies!

Springtime is finally here, and along with the longer days and warmer temperatures comes pollen and seasonal allergies.  Trees provide one of the earliest and most productive sources of pollen, with peak pollen typically arriving between March and May.  Those allergic reactions that drive us to sniffle and sneeze are caused by proteins and glycoproteins from pollen grains which interact with affected people’s immune system.  

Trees Start Small and Live Big for your Heart

February is American Heart Month. It’s time to get back to a big, healthy life with simple steps to improve your heart health.  Spending time near trees where you live, work and play can improve your overall well-being.  A growing pool of research shows that trees reduce pollution, lower blood pressure and heart rate, lower stress and increase physical activity. 

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