Urban and Community Forestry

Urban trees are an important part of the local ecosystem providing shelter, food, and other benefits to nearby creatures – including us! As populations in cities and towns continue to grow, creating and caring for green infrastructure (like trees) is increasingly important. Trees help make cities livable – providing shade, clean air, clean water, and other useful benefits for human and environmental health.

Urban and Community Forestry Program

Virginia Department of Forestry’s Urban and Community Forestry Program fosters partnerships between government agencies, businesses, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations to ensure trees in our communities receive necessary care, long into the future. We provide assistance including education, community engagement, tree selection, and grants for tree planting and local program development.

These resources and others are available for municipalities and local governments to promote a healthy tree canopy. The USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program directly supports this state program delivered in all 59 states and U.S. territories. The USDA Forest Service Southern Region Urban and Community Forestry Program supports the southern states’ urban forestry programs.



Urban and Community Forestry Resources

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Ash Tree Management - Dealing with the Emerald Ash Borer Invasion
Ash Tree Management – Dealing with the Emerald Ash Borer InvasionFT0035

Forestry topic information sheet provides information about managing your ash trees during a time when the emerald ash borer is invading, including options for your property and possible biological controls being used.

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Community Forest Planning: Storm Mitigation Guide for Virginia Communities Template
Community Forest Planning: Storm Mitigation Guide for Virginia Communities TemplateP00214T

Workbook and the accompanying template are intended as tools for Virginia communities to use in assessing their community forest storm readiness, mitigating tree risk and reducing tree-related storm damage, and developing a community forest storm mitigation plan. Available in Word template form with form fields that can be filled in – unprotect the form to change the template to meet your needs. Printed copies available.

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Community Forest Planning: Storm Mitigation Guide for Virginia Communities Workbook
Community Forest Planning: Storm Mitigation Guide for Virginia Communities WorkbookP00214

Workbook and the accompanying template are intended as tools for Virginia communities to use in assessing their community forest storm readiness, mitigating tree risk and reducing tree-related storm damage, and developing a community forest storm mitigation plan. Printed copies available.

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Community Tree Planting During COVID-19
Community Tree Planting During COVID-19FT0054

Forestry topic information sheet provides information about safely holding community tree planting events during the COVID-19 pandemic, including guidance for planning, supplies, and more.

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Emerald Ash Borer Cost-Share Program - Cost Assistance for Protecting Ash Trees
Emerald Ash Borer Cost-Share Program – Cost Assistance for Protecting Ash TreesFT0032

Forestry topic information sheet provides information about the Emerald Ash Borer Cost-Share Program for protecting ash trees, including the requirements and treatments covered by the program.

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Emerald Ash Borer Program
Emerald Ash Borer Program

Learn more about the ash treatment financial assistance program and to see the work that has been done so far.

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Emerald Ash Borer Program Application Process and Information
Emerald Ash Borer Program Application Process and Information

Document provides guidance through the application process for the Emerald Ash Borer Program offering financial assistance for treating ash trees.

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Emerald Ash Borer Program Cost-Share Application
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Emerald Ash Borer Program Cost-Share Application - Supplement
Emerald Ash Borer Program Cost-Share Application – Supplement6.05-SViewfinancial-assistance-urban-and-community-forestry financial-assistance-forest-health forest-health urban-and-community-forestrycost-share-programs emerald-ash-borer eabt-programform
Fire Adaptive Landscaping for Native Habitats and Wildlife in the Southern Coastal Plain
Fire Adaptive Landscaping for Native Habitats and Wildlife in the Southern Coastal Plain

Book was prepared by the Georgia Forestry Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Coastal Wildscapes, and Firewise Communities to provide every resident and business owner has the opportunity to enhance wildlife habitat and natural ecological systems by maintaining, or where necessary, restoring connectivity to the surrounding forests and other natural communities through landscaping and gardening activities. They can also address the very important issues of water conservation and loss of habitat from invasive species by using native plants and avoiding exotic plants when deciding what to plant. We invite all coastal plain individuals and communities to emphasize creative solutions to protect native habitats and wildlife while connecting with nature and achieving Firewise principals. This publication was created to give everyday people and everyday businesses guidelines for landscaping with these goals in mind.

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Forestry Grant Program -Time and Activity Log for Staff and Volunteers
Forestry Grant Program -Time and Activity Log for Staff and Volunteers3.26Viewfinance financial-assistance-urban-and-community-forestry financial-assistance urban-and-community-forestrycost-share-programs grant-programs ucf-grant-program va-trees-for-clean-water-programform
Healthy Trees Healthy Lives Resources
Healthy Trees Healthy Lives Resources

Many resources are available through this website, a cooperative effort of the Southern Group of State Foresters, Western Forestry Leadership Coalition, and the Northeast Midwest State Foresters Alliance to educate about the connection of trees, forests, and health.

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Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives
Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives

Presentation prepared by the Southern Group of State Foresters highlights the reasons trees contribute to healthy lives. (Warning – large file)

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How To Kill A Tree
How To Kill A Tree

Poster demonstrates the most common mistakes made that negatively impact tree health. Printed copies available.

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My Trees Count
My Trees Count

Every tree planted makes a difference to the health of our communities and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The VDOF and partners want to highlight tree planting projects from across the state. Submit your tree planting to show that your trees count!

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Property Mulching Techniques
Property Mulching Techniques

Publication explains proper mulching techniques, including type, amount, and method.

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Rain Gardens
Rain GardensP00124

Brochure educates landowners on options available to resolve issues with excess drainage from roofs, gutters, sidewalks, and roads, eliminating soil erosion, improving the quality of water, and how to put nature to work for you. Printed copies available.

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Rain Gardens Technical Guide
Rain Gardens Technical GuideP00127

Technical guide provides detailed instruction for homeowners, teachers, community leaders, gardeners and landscape architects on the planning and development of rain gardens to create a landscape feature that will solve drainage problems, address erosion problems, improve water quality, create wildlife habitat and create a garden focal point. Printed copies available.

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Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (Virginia Dept. of Accounts)
Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (Virginia Dept. of Accounts)W-9Viewfinance financial-assistance-urban-and-community-forestry financial-assistance-forest-health financial-assistance-water-quality financial-assistance-fire-and-emergency-response financial-assistance-forest-management fire-and-emergency-response forest-health forest-management urban-and-community-forestry water-qualitycost-share-programs eabt-program firewise-mitigation-program grant-programs lpfct-program lpr-program pct-program rt-program vfa-programform
Services for Landowners
Services for LandownersP00112

Brochure provides information about the services available to landowners from the Virginia Department of Forestry, including forest management and forest health, timber harvesting and water quality, land conservation, tree seedling production, and resource protection. Printed copies available.

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Stormwater to Street Trees
Stormwater to Street Trees

EPA publication explores engineering urban forests for stormwater management.

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The Benefits of Trees!
The Benefits of Trees!PST006

Poster educates the public about the benefits of trees – human health, improved water quality, energy savings, reducing heat, and providing local wood sources. Printed copies available.

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Tree Owner's Manual for the Northeastern and Midwestern United States
Tree Owner’s Manual for the Northeastern and Midwestern United StatesNA-FR-04-07

Manual provides guidance about proper tree care from planting a tree to maintenance and care through the life of the tree.

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Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Grant Program Budget Worksheet
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Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Grants - Request for Proposals
Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Grants – Request for Proposals

Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Grants – Request for Proposal document details the program and proposal requirements as well as deadlines and submission information.

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Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program Application
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Urban and Community Forestry Programs - Resources for Trees in Our Communities, Cities and Towns
Urban and Community Forestry Programs – Resources for Trees in Our Communities, Cities and TownsFT0052

Forestry topic information sheet discusses the urban and community forestry programs available through the VDOF.

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Urban Forest Management Plan Stakeholder Survey
Urban Forest Management Plan Stakeholder Survey17.07

Form is used to survey stakeholders to gather information to assist in preparing an Urban Forest Management Plan.

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Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program Application
Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program Application17.02Viewfinancial-assistance-urban-and-community-forestry financial-assistance-water-quality urban-and-community-forestry water-qualitycommunity-assistance community-resources grant-programs va-trees-for-clean-water-programform
Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program Budget Worksheet
Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program Budget Worksheet17.04Viewfinancial-assistance-urban-and-community-forestry financial-assistance-water-quality urban-and-community-forestry water-qualitycommunity-assistance community-resources grant-programs va-trees-for-clean-water-programform
Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grants - Request for Proposals
Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grants – Request for Proposals

Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grants – Request for Proposal document details the program and proposal requirements as well as deadlines and submission information.

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Urban and Community Forestry News

A Park, a Planting, a Partnership | Apr 18, 2022

New Life for Old Trees | Mar 9, 2022

Urban Trees “Releave” the Heat | Jan 28, 2022

Praise for Fallen Leaves | Dec 15, 2021