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Urban and Community Forestry Program

Energy Saving TreesThe Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, through a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation and the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association, will be providing 1,000 free trees to Rhode Island residents this spring!

These trees are part of a program, now in its eighth season, to help Rhode Islanders save energy and reduce their utility bills by strategically planting trees on their property.

Registration opens Monday, April 8th - The process to reserve your free tree takes less than ten minutes. In three easy steps you can reserve your tree!

  1. Simply sign up at, map out your house by using the interactive mapping tool,
  2. Select the right tree by choosing from a list of approved trees,
  3. Reserve your tree by choosing from a list of pick-up locations.


The Division of Forest Environment, Department of Environmental Management, State of Rhode Island, in cooperation with the United States Forest Service and the Rhode Island Tree Council, is pleased to announce its cost share grants program, American the Beautiful Tree Rhode Island 2019-2020. This program is an integral part of the national America the Beautiful initiative focusing on helping communities develop sustainable forestry programs.

The primary goal of America the Beautiful - Tree Rhode Island is to provide money for the establishment or extension of comprehensive community forestry programs. Please see the application for further information on eligible projects. If you have any questions, please call 222-2445 ext. 2056 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM from Monday through Friday.

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.