URBAN AND COMMUNITY FORESTS
Trees growing in cities and towns, collectively, encompass “urban and community forests.” Urban and community trees are essential components of community infrastructure that provide a multitude of benefits to improve the local environment, economy and human health and well-being.
Management of healthy, sustainable, community forests involves careful planning, protection, selection, and proper planting and maintenance. Healthy urban forests maximize community benefits and improve quality of life in communities.
Urban forest cover in the U.S. is consistently declining at devastating rate of about 175,000 acres per year (36 million trees), as impervious surfaces, such as buildings, roads, sidewalks, parking lots and driveways, dramatically increase with the progression of urbanization.
To improve the health and sustainability of urban and community forests, communities must recognize the tremendous importance of urban trees and green infrastructure and improve the management of these assets through effective planning and more proactive approaches that focus on tree preservation during development, higher standards of care in maintenance and more aggressive canopy replacement planning to balance tree loss attributed to clearing for development, aging and insect and disease attack.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
SCFC U&CF Program Assistance & Contact
Our program’s goal is to help foster, support and enhance long term, sustainable, urban and community forestry programs within communities. We provide technical, educational & financial assistance, primarily, to cities, towns, non-profit orgs and state and county government. Secondary assistance is offered to educational institutions, businesses and private landowners. Contact Us
For Landowners and Educators
Community Forestry Events
Trees SC – SC Arborist Workshop - Columbia; March 12
ISA Southern Chapter– Winston- Salem, NC- April 19-22
ISA International Annual Conference - Albuquerque, NM - August 7-12, 2020
International Society of Arboriculture – Columbia - Certified Arborist Training- August 26-27
Trees SC Annual Conference – Greenville; October 15-16
Arbor Day Foundation Partner’s Conference – Louisville, KY - November 18-19
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