Urban and Community Forestry - Engaging Communities through Tree Stewardship

Trees are an integral component of livable communities, immensely adding to the quality of life in the Hudson Valley. They filter the air we breathe, safeguard private and public drinking water sources, produce locally grown forest products, provide essential habitat for wildlife, and provide energy conservation by moderating summer and winter temperatures near homes. Research has shown they also provide ecological and social benefits. Trees act as meeting places, historical markers, and can be a living memorial to our loved ones. By providing these benefits, trees reduce a community’s costs for services and infrastructure while offering residents aesthetic and recreational amenities as well as increased property values.

For more information and resources on urban and community forestry: Cornell Urban Horticulture Institute

Community Forestry: Community Forestry Resources

National Arbor Foundation: Arbor Day

NYSDEC Urban Forestry Information: Urban Forestry Resources

NYS Urban Forestry Council: NYSUFC

Get Involved: NYS ReLeaf

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Last updated March 1, 2024