Urban and Community Forestry Program

The Urban and Community Forestry Program focuses on the stewardship of the urban forests which includes parks, street trees, landscaped boulevards, public gardens, river corridors, greenways,
wetlands, nature areas, shelter belts of trees and working trees at industrial sites. The program provides technical tree specific assistance, as well as assistance on a larger landscape scale to address environmental, social and economic issues in communities.

The Urban and Community Forestry Program (UCF) delivery system is primarily through the State Foresters, although there may be other partners. Key UCF partners include: State Foresters; State Community Forestry Advisory Councils; State League of Cities; Nursery and Landscape Associations; tribes; community tree boards; volunteer organizations; and Forest Service volunteers.

The UCF program:

  • Provides a comprehensive effort to establish, maintain and/or improve trees and the tree canopy in communities and cities;
  • Provides technical and cost/share financial assistance to communities for implementing projects in the urban forests that enhance public benefits and ecosystem service;
  • Assists communities in gaining Tree City USA status; and
  • Provides educational services to many groups such as not-for-profits, local governments, Master Gardeners and others.

Urban forests are dynamic ecosystems that provide needed environmental services by cleaning air and water and helping to control storm water runoff and conserve energy in residential areas. They add form, structure, beauty, and breathing room to urban design, reduce noise, separate incompatible uses, provide places to recreate, strengthen social cohesion, leverage community revitalization, and add economic value to our communities.

 

Program Coordinator and Contact

Amanda Egan, Ogden, Utah  telephone: (801) 625-5259, email: amandaregan@fs.fed.us