Caring for Your Community Trees
From urban neighborhoods to rural subdivisions, trees play a vital role in our communities. Benefits of community forests are enhanced by tree care and management programs.
Benefits of Community Forests
People benefit from community forests in many ways, whether relaxing in the shade, drinking clean water, or breathing clean air. Trees contribute to our health, economic vitality and social well-being.
Community Forest Health
The urban environment presents challenges to tree health. Special care in planning, planting and maintenance improves tree health, safety and benefits.
- Urban Forest Strike Teams
- Caring for Community Trees
- Certified Arborists
- Trees and Storm Safety
- Tree Inventories
- Tree Ordinances
Tree City USA
The Tree City USA® program, a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, assistance, attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities.
National Arbor Day, the last Friday in April, is a day set aside for schools, civic clubs, and other organizations, as well as individuals, to reflect on the importance of trees across our nation.
- How to Celebrate Arbor Day
- Arbor Day Activities and Lessons for Educators
- How to Plant a Tree in 12 Easy Steps
- State Arbor Day Dates
Resources for Community Trees
Dedicated to sustaining healthy community trees and forests in the South, an array of organizations have developed publications and Web sites to provide in-depth information and resources for individuals and groups looking for ways to improve their community trees.