Urban and Community Forestry
The primary emphasis of Florida’s Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) program is on providing technical, financial, and educational resources to support the development and continuing viability of local urban forestry programs. These resources are targeted to meet the needs of local governments, non-profit organizations, primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, and the general public. Delivery is accomplished through partnerships with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (IFAS), the Florida Urban Forestry Council (FUFC), and other organizations and entities.
PHOTO: A tree-lined "canopy" road in northern Florida.
Urban and Community Forestry Grants
Funding assistance for local governments, educational institutions, Native-American tribal governments, and legally organized nonprofit (volunteer) organizations to develop or enhance their urban and community forestry programs. More details about the Urban and Community Forestry Grants program.
Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that promotes the benefits of trees in the urban environment and encourages tree planting and care. Founded by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska in 1872, National Arbor Day is celebrated each year on the last Friday in April.
PHOTO: Smokey Bear helps with planting a tree on Arbor Day.
Individual states conduct their own Arbor Day celebrations at various times of the year. Florida
has celebrated Arbor Day since 1886 and has one of the first Arbor Day celebrations in the nation, on the third Friday in January. In 2013, Arbor Day will be celebrated on January
18. Over 200 communities in Florida celebrate Arbor Day, either as a stand-alone event or in conjunction with some other occasion.
Check with your local city officials or school department to see how your community is celebrating Arbor Day.
If you would like to do your own Arbor Day celebration, visit
the How to Celebrate Arbor Day website.
Tree City USA
Become a Florida Tree City! Show your community's support for the environment and add to the rapidly growing national list of Tree Cities.
Florida currently has 160 cities with the Tree City USA designation.
We want to help YOU become a Tree City TOO.
Urban Forestry Links
Charlie Marcus, Urban Forestry Coordinator
Florida Forest Service
3125 Conner Blvd. Suite R3
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Telephone: 850/ 921-0300
"There is no aristocracy in trees. They are not haughty. They will thrive near the humblest cabin just as well as they will in the shadow of a king's palace. There is a true triumph in
the unswerving integrity and genuine democracy of trees."
-- J. Sterling Morton