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Division of Forest Environment
Tee Jay Boudreau
Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator
235 Promenade Street, Suite 394
Providence, RI 02908
Office: 401-222-2445 x2059
URBAN AND COMMUNITY FORESTRY PROGRAM
Urban forestry is the careful and purposeful management of urban forests, i.e., tree populations in urban settings for the purpose of improving the urban environment. An urban forest is a collection of trees (and related plants and natural resources) in a community including street and yard trees, park trees, and those in newly expanding suburbs.
Urban forests differ from rural forests in that the growth and development of tree cover is limited by city structures rather than forest succession and competition with other trees.
Urban forests provide a multitude of benefits to residents of communities. Ecological benefits include water quality, soil conservation, air quality, and wildlife habitat. Trees give a sense of pride to communities and bring people together for planting, care, and recreation. Other benefits include aesthetic improvement, and public health and welfare.
Urban forestry advocates the role of trees as a critical part of the urban infrastructure. Urban foresters plant and maintain trees, support appropriate tree and forest preservation, conduct research and promote the many benefits trees provide. Urban forestry is practiced by municipal and commercial arborists, municipal and utility foresters, environmental policymakers, city planners, consultants, educators, researchers and community activists.
Major functions of the Urban and Community Forestry Program include arborist examinations and workshops, administration of the America the Beautiful Grants, Tree City U.S.A., and Arbor Day Programs, public outreach, and to carry out the state Urban and Community Forestry Program annual work plan.