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Urban & Community Forestry
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Community forestry involves the selection, planting and long-term care of the trees where we live – in our cities, neighborhoods, and communities. Trees and plants growing in our cities are an important asset that needs to be managed in order to maintain community livability.
The urban forest is a mosaic consisting of the planted landscape and the remnant native forests left behind as our cities have developed. The health of this urban forest contributes to the economic, social, and environmental well-being of our communities.

On these pages you will find more information about community and urban forestry, including how to properly plant and care for the trees in your yard, neighborhood or town, and about programs and technical assistance provided by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Urban and Community Forestry Assistance program.
Did you know you live in a forest? 
Ask most people this question and they will often answer no...at first. That’s because when most people think of a forest, they think of expansive acreages of trees like those in National Forests, tree farms or in some of our National Parks. These are the forests where the trees outnumber people, where you can often hear yourself breathe, and in whose streams salmon spawn. However, there is another type of forest we often overlook. Learn more... 

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