Urban and Community Forestry Program

The goal of the Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program is to promote the conservation of our urban trees and forests. Each year, community members and volunteers participate in the development of urban forest management plans, tree planting activities, workshops and educational talks, and activities with kids.

Small shoot with leaves coming through the soil.

Image CaptionEdible Garden, Nursery and Urban Forest Project in Capetillo.

Cost Share Program

The Urban and Community Forestry Cost Share Program provides financial resources to community groups for the implementation of conservation and management initiatives and educational opportunities related to urban green spaces.

Council

The Urban and Community Forestry Council advises State Foresters to plan program implementation, develop public policy for the protection and conservation of urban forests, and administer the Cost Share Program.

Caribbean Strategic Plan

In March 2015, the Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands Urban and Community Forestry Council completed the process of creating a new Caribbean UCF Strategic Plan. The process began in March 2014 when both UCF councils met for a week in Ponce, Puerto Rico. This final plan outlines the activities needed to comply with the joint Strategic Plans. This is the first time that the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Urban and Community Forestry Councils worked together towards several common goals, and it is hoped that in the future, these councils can participate in joint activities to achieve their common goals.

As a result the UCF Councils agreed on the following:

  1. Our Common Vision Statement: Our education efforts and strategic actions ensure the enduring benefits and environmental services of urban forests in the Caribbean landscape, enhancing community well-being and mitigating the effects of climate change.
  2. Our Common Mission Statement: Promote the proper management and sustainability of urban forests to improve the wellbeing of the Caribbean communities through education efforts, technical assistance, and partnerships between the public and private sectors.

More from the Urban and Community Forestry Program

Urban and Community Forestry Program in Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico the program is administered by the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources Forest Service Bureau..

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Urban and Community Forestry Program in the U.S. Virgin Islands

In U.S. Virgin Islands the program is administered by the Department of Agriculture.

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Urban and Community Forestry Certificate Program

The first continuing education program leading to a university professional certificate in Urban and Community Forestry.

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Contact

For more information about the Urban and Community Forestry Program please contact Magaly Figueroa


Page last modified: 05/18/2018





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