Publication cover.

Current Info Sheet

How can agroforestry practices and approaches support green infrastructure?



Communities have long recognized the need to invest in infrastructure. Roads, power lines, storm drains, and sewers all provide a foundation for continuance and growth. Similarly, communities have recently begun to acknowledge the need for “green infrastructure.” They see that trees can be put to work to meet their environmental, social, and economic goals.

Agroforestry helps connect the urban community to the surrounding rural landscape. This connectivity helps filter stormwater runoff, provides travel corridors for wildlife, creates recreational space, and improves air and water quality for the whole watershed. Cumulatively, these functions contribute to the overall health and sustainability of a community and its neighbors.

Related Publications

Agroforestry Notes

  • Wastewater Management Using Hybrid Poplars
  • Landscape Planning For Environmental Benefits, Agroforestry Note #38, General #10
  • Conducting Landscape Assessments For Agroforestry, Agroforestry Note #39, General #11
  • Indicators And Guidelines For Landscape Assessment And Planning For Agroforestry, Agroforestry Note #40, General #12
  • +H: The Human Considerations in the Adoption of Agroforestry, Agroforestry Note #43, General #13
  • Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Agroforestry, Agroforestry Note #44, General #14
  • Windbreaks: A "Fresh" Tool To Mitigate Odors From Livestock Production Facilities, Agroforestry Note #41, Windbreaks #4
  • Using Agroforestry To Buffer Noise, Agroforestry Note #42, Windbreaks #5

Inside Agroforestry

  • Volume 22, Issue 2: Locally Sourced
  • Volume 16, Issue 1: Landscape-Scale Planning
  • Volume 15, Issue 1: Acreages
  • Summer 2001: Green Infrastructure
  • Summer 1997: Agriculture/Community Interface

Working Trees

  • Working Trees For Communities
  • Working Trees for Islands
  • Árboles en Acción para las Islas

Working Trees Info Sheets

  • How can agroforestry practices and approaches support green infrastructure?

Additional Brochures

  • Edible Woody Landscapes For People And Wildlife (4 pages)
  • Kansas City Region - Green Infrastructure: Designing With Nature
  • Topeka - Urban/Rural Watershed Solutions
  • Topeka - Sustainable Development: Moving Toward A Greener Community
  • Windbreaks For Rural Living (6 pages)


Field Guide Inserts For Transparent Clipboards

Related Links

Sign-up To Receive Agroforestry Connection!

Agroforestry Connection will be sent to your email address to update you on new agroforestry-related publications, events, and other items of interest.

* indicates required

Portable Document Format

To view PDFs (Portable Document Format), please download Adobe's free Reader software if you do not already have it.

Get Adobe Reader


About Agroforestry

Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. Agroforestry takes advantage of the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. Agroforestry practices include:

About the NAC

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) had its origins in the 1990 Farm Bill. It began as a Forest Service Research and State & Private Forestry effort in 1992 and expanded into a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1995. It is administered by the Forest Service's, Washington, DC, Office of Research and Development. NAC offices are located in Lincoln, Nebraska.

NAC accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Together, we conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals.

About Working Trees

The right trees planted in the right places for the right reasons can add value to land-use systems. That's the Working Trees message that helps natural resource professionals, community leaders, and landowners identify with the concept of agroforestry. NAC uses the Working Trees theme to promote the development of sustainable agriculture and communities.


Back to Top