What is Community Forestry?
The community forest is the aggregate of all vegetation and green spaces
within communities that provide benefits vital to enriching the quality of
life. Properly cared for and well-managed community forests can provide benefits
that far exceed their management costs. Community forests can also bring
communities of people together and form connections between humans and the
urban flora and fauna.
forests are an integral part of large cities, rural areas, streets, backyards,
parks, and open spaces. Community forests provide shade, beauty, and habitat
for urban wildlife. Properly planted trees and other vegetation can
reduce heating and cooling costs, intercept and store rainwater, improve
air quality, and increase property values and local tax bases.
Simply stated, community forestry is the combination of planning, establishment,
management, and research of trees and associated plants (individually, in
groups, or under forest conditions) within cities, suburbs, and towns. Community
forestry addresses the interface between people, the built environment and
trees through a dynamic interaction of forestry, horticulture, arboriculture,
landscape architecture and urban planning. As cities continue to grow, increasing
numbers of people will choose to live, work, and play in community forests,
making the field of community forestry critical for healthy and sustainable
City USA Program is
a community improvement and accreditation program. Learn how to become
Benefits of Urban Trees -
Trees, which are important assets to America's cities and towns, improve
our environment and quality of life.
TreesSC - Non-profit organization
to support U&CF activities. (opens in a new window)
Urban Links -
Other Urban Forestry and Tree Related Websites.
Green Infrastructure Presentations at COGs
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