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.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Experts at Mississippi State University recommend that those planting trees in the landscape this Arbor Day do their homework before getting started.
“Most people see a tree they like and decide that they want to have one in their yard, but that is really not the way to decide what kind of tree to plant,” said John Kushla, an associate Extension and research professor with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service and the Forestry and Wildlife Research Center.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – People interested in learning about the basics of tree planting and care have the opportunity to do so at workshops being held across the state in May and June.
The Urban Forest Workshops are sponsored by the Mississippi Urban Forestry Council and are free to the public. MUFC and Mississippi State University Extension Service personnel will lead the sessions and educate attendees about planting, pruning, selecting trees, preparing for a storm and replacing trees. The workshops will be held in various locations:
MISSISSIPPI STATE – Citizens interested in learning more about community and urban forestry have the opportunity to do so at a free workshop May 6.
Trees in Our Community: A Northwest Mississippi Community Forestry Workshop also provides training for the Urban Forest Master certificate. Sponsored by the Mississippi Urban Forestry Council, the workshop will be at the Starkville Sportsplex at 405 Lynn Lane in Starkville. The session lasts from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with a break for lunch.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Trees do more for an area than add beauty, and communities across Mississippi have begun to recognize and protect the value of these leafy giants.
The 2005 Urban Forestry and Arboriculture Conference Feb. 14-16 in Natchez will give community leaders a better understanding of the benefits trees provide to a community. The Mississippi State University Extension Service is one of the sponsors for the conference.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Hurricane winds took their toll on South Mississippi forests and urban trees, but the price was not as high as some feared.
"Most forest land and landscape trees dodged the bullet from Hurricane Georges," said Dr. Glenn Hughes, forestry specialist with Mississippi State University's Extension Service. "Of course, if your are one of the homeowners who lost a treasured tree in your yard, you may not feel so lucky."
Hughes, who is based in Ellisville, said the hurricane-force winds apparently decreased quickly after landfall.