Urban and Community Partnerships

The Virginia Department of Forestry Urban and Community Forestry program works closely with leading professional groups in arboriculture.

Trees Virginia – Virginia’s Urban Forest Council

Mission: To enhance the quality of life through the stewardship of our Commonwealth’s urban and community trees

Trees Virginia is a private, nonprofit organization registered with the state as the Virginia Urban Forest Council. Founded in September 1990 and incorporated in June 1991, the organization works to promote an awareness of our community forests and the value of trees. The Council is guided by an unpaid volunteer Board of Directors who meet quarterly. The Council represents a wide range of professions, organizations, and volunteers who are interested in stimulating a public awareness of the role trees and forests play in the urban environment. Donations to Trees Virginia are welcomed via their website. All donated funds are allocated to scholarships in fields related to arboriculture and urban forestry.


Mid-Atlantic Chapter – International Society of Arboriculture (MAC-ISA)

Mission: To promote a culture of safety while fostering education and research that supports the care and benefits of trees

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, known as MAC-ISA, is a component of the ISA, the largest arboriculture association worldwide. MAC-ISA is a separate nonprofit corporation representing Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Members are made up of tree industry professionals from commercial, utility, municipal, and educational sectors and other green industry-related fields. MAC-ISA provides educational events, raises money for tree care research, and supports many local projects and partnering organizations.

Arbor Day Foundation

Mission: Inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

The Arbor Day Foundation was founded in 1972 and is the largest 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees. More than 1 million members, supporters, and valued partners have helped plant more than 350 million trees in neighborhoods, communities, cities, and forests throughout the world to ensure a greener and healthier future for everyone. Their vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, a changing climate, deforestation, poverty, and hunger. A variety of conservation and educational programs work to restore forests, improve tree cover in communities, and inspire the next generation of tree planters.

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