Urban and Community Forestry
Urban and community forestry is a relatively new branch of forestry. The term was coined in 1970, and since then, urban forestry has grown steadily.
Urban and community forestry is a specialized branch of forestry that deals with the cultivation and management of trees. The activity takes a comprehensive approach to trees, both individual and aggregate, for the present and potential contribution to the well-being of local society and local ecology. This pursuit includes educating people about the benefits of trees, all aspects of management, care and maintenance of trees, and organizing people to support community tree programs. Urban and community forestry takes place at many scales. It is as relevant to cities such as Jackson and Gulfport as it is to small towns, neighborhoods, and unincorporated populated places.
Partners in urban and community forestry include the Mississippi Forestry Commission, National Arbor Day Foundation, Urban Forestry South, the American Forests, the Professional Arborist Association of Mississippi, the International Society of Arboriculture, Alliance for Community Trees, the Mississippi Urban Forest Council, and the Society of Municipal Arborists.
To learn more about the subject of urban forestry, and to view publications and educational programs, visit the MSU Extension Urban and Community Forestry blog https://blogs.msucares.com/urbanforestry.
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