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Urban & Community Forestry Links
Web Pages of Interest
There are many websites of interest to people in the urban forestry movement. The following links are some of the most often used by urban foresters, citizen activists, natural resource professionals, and other interested people. 
Please note that these links will take you off the Oregon Department of Forestry web server. If you know of additional links that would be of interest to our readers, please contact us.


Oregon Websites
The following links provide information about Oregon agencies and organizations that are active in the urban forestry movement:

  • Oregon Community Trees - a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting urban and community forestry in Oregon
  • World Forestry Center - home of the talking tree, an excellent museum and tree farm, and some of the finest tree related education events anywhere in the world 
  • Friends of Trees - Portland's award-winning non-profit tree planting group
  • Forest Park Ivy Removal Project - dedicated to eradicating the exotic and invasive plant and restoring natural ecosystems


Urban Forestry Related Websites
Urban and community forestry is a multi-disciplinary movement, and there are many organizations that provide information and resources about concepts that are either a part of urban and community forestry or have a common goal of improving community livability.
For example, check out the Oregon Solutions website to find strategies for promoting the long-term health of Oregon´s environment, economy, and communities. The Oregon State University Extension has published an interesting document on the concept of sustainability, check out their website for a copy. 
All of these websites can help people understand that the planting, care, and management of our urban forest is critical for a sustainable and livable community.
Learn more about trees at the Oregon Forestry Education Program. Oregon also has a Heritage Tree Program that seeks to identify those trees with great historic value.
Educational modules to help you learn what it takes to keep the trees in your yard healthy, safe, and beautiful, and prevent them from becoming hazardous can be found on the PNW, International Society of Arboriculture´s Hazard Tree Prevention Webpage.

Urban Forestry Related Associations in Oregon
These links will direct you to trade and professional associations in the green industry - those people who are instrumental in growing, designing, planting, caring, and managing our urban forest landscapes.


Arboreta in Oregon
There is no better place to go to be inspired about what to plant in your yard or in your community than visiting a botanical garden or arboreta. In Oregon, we are fortunate to be witnessing the development of one such world class destination right before our eyes.
The Oregon Garden in Silverton should be at the top of every tree enthusiast´s list of places to visit. Also in the Willamette Valley is Mt. Pisgah Arboretum located near Eugene. Along the Oregon Coast, you can visit the Connie Hanson Garden in Lincoln City and Shore Acres State Park near Coos Bay. 
In the Portland area Hoyt Arboretum, Berry Botanic Garden, and Leach Botanical Garden are a trio of sites with great variety and year round interest. 
For more places to visit, check out the American Association of Arboreta and Botanical Gardens.

Urban Forestry in the U. S.
Urban Forestry isn't just limited to Oregon. There is an entire network out there of state forestry agencies, non-profit tree planting groups, professional societies, citizen action groups and others interested in improving our quality of life through managing our urban forests.
  • Tree Link is the best source of all-around urban forestry information.
  • The National Association of State Foresters has compiled a list of all 50 state forestry agencies.
  • The State Urban Forestry Coordinators Directory will help you find the state urban forestry program for any state in the US.
  • The USDA Forest Service is Oregon's partner in delivering urban forestry services to cities and communities throughout the state.
  • The USDA Forest Service Center for Urban Forest Research is the repository for a wide array of information on the economic and environmental benefits of urban and community forests.
  • International Society of Arboriculture is the world's leading tree care organization. Check out their consumer information series or use the searchable database to find a Certified Arborist.
  • The Arbor Day Foundation is your resource for information on trees, Arbor Day, and much more. 
  • The National Tree Trust has grant programs for groups that want to grow seedlings for later planting and a variety of other programs for volunteer groups.
  • American Forests sponsors Global ReLeaf and a variety of other programs promoting trees and urban forestry.
  • The Alliance For Community Trees is a consortium of non-profit tree planting groups across the country.