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Urban Forests

Information from the USDA Forest Service about what urban forests are, why they are important, and what projects the USDA Forest Service are working on in urban areas. Includes maps of the U.S. population from 1900, 1950, and 2014, showing the increase in the number of people who live in urban areas.

Urban Trees and Forests of the Chicago Region

The Morton Arboretum, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, conducted a tree census, or urban forestry assessment, in the seven-county Chicago region. The results, analyzed in this report, “Urban Trees and Forests of the Chicago Region,” show that there are about 157 million trees in Cook, Du Page, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties; the tree canopy covers about 21 percent of the land area in the region; and the most common trees are European buckthorn, green ash, boxelder, black cherry and American elm.

Working Trees Info Sheets

USDA National Agroforestry Center's working trees info sheets are single page publications, front and back, that highlight a single issue or benefit that an agroforestry practice can address or provide. The information provided on the sheets range from general overviews of agroforestry to more specific topics, such as pollinators or riparian forest buffers. Several have been translated into Spanish.