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Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition Projects
  • Advancing Support for Urban Forests – Almost 100 organizations joined with members of the Coalition to encourage support for the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry (FS UCF) program. As the 2007 appropriations are being deliberated, the House of Representatives has for the first time in several years proposed an increase in funding for the FS UCF program, and the Senate has also recommended higher funding levels.
  • In addition to maintaining its core focus on advocacy on behalf of urban forests, the Coalition identified four collaborative projects as priorities for 2006:
    1. engaging SUFC in a LEEDS green scape project with American Society of Landscape Architects;
    2. increasing awareness of urban forests and SUFC;
    3. supporting phase two of the Municipal Foresters Institute; and
    4. assisting in storm response, restoration, and mitigation efforts.
  • Two SUFC projects were initiated: making the Coalition known, and cultivating support for federal appropriations for urban forests. The SUFC Committees collaborated in developing the action plan for these efforts, which culminated in a coordinated effort to educate people about urban forests and urban forest funding. SUFC hosted a listening session at the 2005 American Forests urban forestry conference in Charlotte NC, drawing more than 40 people.
  • Planning for Urban and Community Forestry: A Best Practices Manual for Urban Planning and Development Project Review. Primary partners: American Planning Association, American Forests, International Society of Arboriculture; all SUFC members have been invited to provide input.
  • Building the Case for Urban Tree Canopy Cover for State Implementation Plans (SIPS) to create and build a dialogue among states, local governments and organizations involved in planning to meet EPA-mandated air quality standards by considering how tree canopy, and by extension, community forestry, can play a role. Primary partners: Davey Resource Group, National Tree Trust, the Center for Chesapeake Communities, and the USDA Forest Service NE Research Station.
  • National Training and Certification for Nonprofit and Community Organization Leaders in Urban and Community Forestry, involving the creation of a national training/certification program for non-profit and community organization professionals working in the field of community forestry. Primary partners: National Arbor Day Foundation, National Alliance for Community Trees.
  • Municipal Forester Institute to address the need for municipal arborists to be strong in other areas beyond the technical, mainly in personnel management, administration, and public relations. These skills, although critical to success, are often missing from standard urban forestry coursework, and can be the most difficult to master. Primary partners: Society of Municipal Arborists, International Society of Arboriculture, National Tree Trust, the California Urban Forest Council (now in phase 2).
  • Taking Urban and Community Forestry to the Next Level: Convening National, Regional and Local UCF Organizations (The NTT National Convener Grant)