Trees growing in cities and towns, collectively, encompass “urban and community forests.”  Urban and community trees are essential components of community infrastructure that provide a multitude of benefits to improve the local environment, economy and human health and well-being.
Management of healthy, sustainable, community forests involves careful planning, protection, selection, and proper planting and maintenance.  Healthy urban forests maximize community benefits and improve quality of life in communities.
Urban forest cover in the U.S. is consistently declining at devastating rate of about 175,000 acres per year (36 million trees), as impervious surfaces, such as buildings, roads, sidewalks, parking lots and driveways, dramatically increase with the progression of  urbanization. 
To improve the health and sustainability of urban and community forests, communities must recognize the tremendous importance of urban trees and green infrastructure and improve the management of these assets through effective planning and more proactive approaches that focus on tree preservation during development, higher standards of care in maintenance and more aggressive canopy replacement planning to balance tree loss attributed to clearing for development, aging and insect and disease attack.


SCFC U&CF Program Assistance & Contact 

Our program’s goal is to help foster, support and enhance long term, sustainable, urban and community forestry programs within communities.  We provide technical, educational & financial assistance, primarily, to cities, towns, non-profit orgs and state and county government.  Secondary assistance is offered to educational institutions, businesses and private landowners. Contact Us

For Landowners and Educators

Community Forestry Events

ISA International Annual Conference - Albuquerque, NM - December 15-17, 2020

Trees SC Annual Conference – Online conference; October 15-16

Arbor Day Foundation Partner’s Conference – Louisville, KY - November 18-19

Webinar Series for Planning Commissioners - November 12, February 25, 2021, May 20, 2021, and September 21, 2021.  Each webinar starts at 11 a.m. and lasts 1 hour.  Arborists, Planners, and SC Board and Commission members are able to use the live webinar as a way of obtaining ISA, AICP and SCPEAC continuing education credits.  You must watch the webinar live to receive the credits.




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