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Planning the Urban Forest: Ecology, Economy, and Community Development

Report about urban forestry programs, the benefits and challenges of having one, and the principles that make it an effective program. Includes examples of case studies and recommendations based off of them. Report created with collaboration from the USDA Forest Service, American Planning Association, American Forests, and International Society of Arboriculture.


Information about STEW-MAP, a project that maps out areas of environmental stewardship, including the Chicago region. Includes link to add a group to the collective map, information learned from mapping, and the Chicago region map itself. For questions or concerns, contact Cherie LeBlanc Fisher from USDA Forest Service at or by phone (847) 866-9311 x12. Created in partnership with the Center for Neighborhood Technology.

Urban Forestry Today

Webcasts related to urban forestry. Website includes archived webcasts. Urban Forestry Today webcasts are sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, University of Massachusetts Extension, and Massachusetts Tree Wardens' & Foresters' Association.

Chicago Wilderness Region Urban Forest Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A Report From the Urban Forestry Climate Change Response Framework Chicago Wilderness Pilot Project

Report about the vulnerability of urban trees and natural and developed landscapes within the Chicago Wilderness region to proposed climate change conditions. Findings will aid in management decisions and long-term planning. Published by the USDA Forest Service and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and produced with help from Chicago Region Trees Initiative, The Morton Arboretum, Chicago Wilderness, The Field Museum, and The Chicago Botanic Garden.

Stormwater Management

Website about stormwater management strategies that utilize trees and structural soils to improve water quality. Uses can access resources such as a Best Management Practices design manual, a presentation that helps explain how this system works, and more. Examples and pictures of where this idea has been implemented are also presented. Partners for this project include Virginia Tech, Cornell University Urban Horticulture Institute, and University of California at Davis with funding from the USDA Forest Service.


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