Urban & Community Forestry


Investing from the Ground Up
in Resilient Communities and Trees

What is the Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program?

Over 90 percent of our region’s population lives in urban communities. Many urban communities depend on trees but are unaware of a tree’s economic, environmental, and social services. Urban trees along streets, backyards, parks, greenways, and gardens offer a wealth of services like enhancing public health and quality of life; sequestering carbon; providing habitat for wildlife, and cleaning the water we drink and air we breathe, to name a few.

To foster these tree benefits and services in all communities, the Urban and Community Forestry Program collaborates with partners, investing in the planning, planting, and maintaining city trees and forests. Additionally, the program supports developing educational programs, outreach products, management tools, and training to empower communities to branch out and steward their urban and community forests.

Our Work

In California, Hawaiʻi, and the United States Affiliated Pacific Islands, the Urban and Community Forestry Program supports the planning and management of healthy trees and resilient communities.


    A sign announcing information about an event called Treetopia.

    Urban and community forests benefit everyone. And don’t think they are just about planting trees. It’s about giving communities a connection with the outdoors.


    street map with canopy overlaid

    The canopy viewer aims to build upon our previous understanding of tree canopy in Hawaiʻi by determining its location, distribution, and equitable access. This tool can help a community design and implement sound management practices to maximize nature's benefits.


    map of urban tree canopy in San Francisco

    California’s urban tree canopy covers 19% of the state's urban areas. Our map viewer highlights population and environmental characteristics that may identify communities disproportionately burdened by risks that urban tree cover may help ameliorate.


By partnering with states, cities, communities and nonprofit organizations, we can improve forest management, share information, develop tools, and restore our community trees and forests. These resources are vital to tackling the challenges facing all trees and communities, whether it be drought, invasive pests, equitable access, a changing climate, workforce capacity, or risk management.

State Partner Links

USDA Forest Service Partner Links


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Contact Us

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Miranda Hutten Program Manager (707) 515-5408
Alicia Sanchez Scott Assistant Program Manager (805) 450-8369
Laura Wolf Assistant Program Manager (720) 830-6407
Pauline Ordonez Program Specialist (661) 481-1083
Kathryn Williams Grant Management Specialist (707) 980-3927
Jennipher Himmelmann Resource Assistant