Links

Find other resources and general urban and community forestry information.

50 Careers in Trees, created by the Tree Foundation of Kern, describes jobs ranging from accountant to utility arborist and includes interviews with professionals in the field.

Alliance for Community Trees creates a national support network for grassroots, citizen-based nonprofit organizations dedicated to urban and community tree planting, care, conservation, and education.

American Forests is the nation’s oldest nonprofit citizen conservation organization, founded in 1875 and advocates for the protection and expansion of America’s forests.

American Nursery and Landscape Association is the national trade association of the nursery and landscape industry. The site includes industry statistics, fact sheets, current research, and research grant and scholarship opportunities.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is California ReLeaf’s state agency partner. CALFIRE’s website highlights a number of programs that are of interest to urban and community foresters.

Children & Nature Network supports those who work to reconnect children with nature. One web page tracks recent research on the influence of nature on children, including social benefits. Study abstracts are also provided, with full text downloads.

Guideline Specifications for Nursery Tree Quality were developed by a team of municipal arborists, urban foresters, nursery managers, horticultural consultants, landscape architects, and nonprofit tree groups with the intent to ensure high quality landscape trees.

Guidelines for Developing and Evaluating Tree Ordinances is a comprehensive resource for anyone interested in developing, revising, or evaluating local tree ordinances. The site is housed on the International Society of Arboriculture’s website.

How to Hire an Arborist is a handy resource developed by Canopy: Trees for Palo Alto to help residents select qualified professionals to care for their trees. It includes what qualifications to look for, what to ask when interviewing, and how to get a written bid.

International Society of Arboriculture is a worldwide professional organization working to foster a greater appreciation for trees and to promote research, technology, and the professional practice of arboriculture. The Western Chapter ISA encompasses California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Arizona.

Leafsnap is a free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.  Leafsnap contains high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruit, petiole, seeds, and bark. Leafsnap currently includes the trees of New York City and Washington, D.C., and will grow to include the trees of the entire continental United States.

Local Government Commission lists multiple benefits of city trees. A fact sheet about livable communities reports on a range of community benefits, from economic development to public health and safety. It is written for local government elected officials and decision makers.

Million Trees LA is a cooperative effort between the City of Los Angeles, community groups, businesses, and individuals working together to plant and provide long-term stewardship of one million trees planted where they’re needed most.

California Master Gardeners Program , run by the University of California, is dedicated to facilitating excellence in County Master Gardener Programs by increasing the professionalism of coordinators and volunteers. Find a link to a Masters Gardeners program in your California County.

National Arbor Day Foundation promotes tree care and conservation and educates people about tree issues through the Tree City USA program, workshops and conferences, publications, and youth-oriented curriculum.

National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council is an appointed advisory council to the Secretary of Agriculture on urban forestry and related issues. NUCFAC brings a wide variety of voices about the present health and future preservation of America’s urban forests. NUCFAC was founded to synthesize the full spectrum of views into a consistent vision, as a foundation for practical policy on urban forestry.

Pacific Southwest Research Station is part of the USDA Forest Service Research and Design program, and conducts ecological and social science research to understand ecosystems, how humans influence those systems, and how to manage for sustained and enhanced benefits. Research program areas include Conservation of Biodiversity, Ecosystem Function and Health, Fire and Fuels, and Urban Ecosystems & Social Dynamics.  The Urban Ecosystems and Social Dynamics Program is the area of research mostly closely aligned with urban forestry issues.

Partnership Resource Center is a joint partnership of the National Forest Foundation (NFF) and the USDA Forest Service to spotlight great work happening in forestry and to connect people, provide access to efforts that address emerging or pressing issues, and offer references for law and policy questions.

Pitch Canker Task Force offers photos and information that help identify pine pitch canker, a devastating disease affecting California’s coastal pines. The site includes prevention and management strategies, research results and reports, and who to contact for assistance.

Specifications for Nursery Trees were created by the Urban Tree Foundation to help produce the most quality nursery trees possible. Links to the documents can be found at the bottom of the blog post.

The California Oak Mortality Task Force is dedicated to the issue of sudden oak death, a tree disease caused by the plant pathogen Phytophthora ramorum. The disease kills some oak species and has had devastating effects on forests in California and Oregon.  COMTF provides information about the pathogen, diagnosis and management, regulations and more.

Sustainable Cities Institute is sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to affordable housing and to sustainable community development. A Green Infrastructure “classroom” includes information about the role of trees in healthy communities, including economics, community, education, and health.

Tales from Urban Forests is a 10-part radio documentary series on the value of urban forests and how trees are impacting a city near you. This series was produced by SOUNDPRINT Media, in collaboration with American Forests and the U.S. Forest Service.

Tree Conservation Ideas & Benefits is compilation of links full of information about tree conservation and related organizations and activities — especially activities for kids!

TreeLink.org offers information, research and networking for people working in urban and community forestry. The site features a broad range of resources and educational materials.

Treesearch features an easy to navigate database that allows users to search the Forest Service’s library of research publications by keyword, author, or title. This site is maintained by the USDA Forest Service.

The Trust for Public Land, Center for City Park Excellence is a national nonprofit that conserves built and natural places for people to enjoy, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. TPL shares white papers about why city parks are necessary assets.

UK Forest Research  is the science division of the U.K. Forestry Commission, and informs policy on woodlands and forests, from wildland to urban settings. Their web site features current research (with publications) on the role of trees in human health and well-being.

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Urban Forestry Community is a neutral forum for international food security issues. One project is an informational program on Forests and Trees for Healthy Cities, which brings together people from across the globe to promote urban greening. The website tracks international research on the social benefits of trees in cities.

United Voices for Healthier Communities is a coalition of individuals, agencies, and organizations formed to increase tree canopy cover to achieve benefits to air quality and to promote healthier communities through the use of science, research, public education, management and public agency support.

Urban Forest Management Plan Toolkit is a free online resource designed to help you develop an urban forest management plan for your area of interest, whether it’s a city, campus, business park, or any other urban forest setting.

Urban Forestry Ecosystems Institute, a program of the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), includes a tree selection database for California (SelecTree), a link to California’s Register of Big Trees, a homeowner’s guide to California tree health (ForesTree), and an information and links about the utilization of urban wood in creating marketable products.

USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forest Program (U&CF Program) supports projects and research related to a diverse array of urban and community forestry issues. This website includes information related to climate change, urban sustainability, the benefits of urban trees and parks, biophysical and social science research, as well as national and local programs.

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