Urban Trees

Urban Trees

When you imagine a city, do you picture trees?

You should! Nearly one-quarter of America’s tree canopy exists in our backyards, city streets and parks, and they are essential to healthy communities. Trees clean our air, purify our drinking water and can even keep cities cooler in the summer months. Trees can also help cities reduce air and water pollution, reduce asthma and improve our overall health, and increase property values. The trees, plants and parks in a city are as important as roads, sewers and water systems. When we take care of the trees, they can take care of us.

To learn more about our efforts to improve the health of America’s trees that engage people in hands-on tree care and inspire a new generation of environmental stewards, check out our Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities Initiative.

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In partnership with the Morton Arboretum, The Nature Conservancy contributes to efforts to create and implement a Regional Tree Initiative for the Chicago metropolitan area. Specifically, The Nature Conservancy will be focusing on tree planting, stewardship and assessment, and the creation of effective outreach tools and materials, all of which supports this regional vision for Chicago’s urban forest.

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The Nature Conservancy works with local partners to plant, steward, and monitor the health of Boston’s trees as part of the City’s Grow Boston Greener campaign and Adopt-a-Tree program. In collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, we promote the use of a new citizen science tree health monitoring tool called “Outsmart Invasives.” We do this through a community outreach campaign to help keep Massachusetts trees and forests healthy.

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New York City

In partnership with the New York City Parks Department and the United States Forest Service New York City Urban Field Station, The Nature Conservancy will be supporting youth who have graduated the Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program to assess and monitor the health of the City’s trees. Through the collaboration of students and staff of LEAF schools, The Nature Conservancy will be conducting tree stewardship and tree health monitoring trainings. These trainings equip volunteers with the skills necessary to effectively plant, steward, and monitor the health of the City’s trees.

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Los Angeles

In partnership with state and local agencies and tree planting partners, The Nature Conservancy provides tree health monitoring and early pest detection information, tools, and training materials to help protect Los Angeles’s urban forest. The Nature Conservancy will provide critical support to local partners for an urban forest assessment in the San Gabriel Valley. This assessment will ultimately direct future efforts to enhance and protect trees and forests in the San Gabriel Valley region, and this approach may be replicated in additional Los Angeles communities.

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In partnership with state and local agencies and non-profit organizations, The Nature Conservancy enhances forest health threat preparedness efforts by presenting state of the art technology to community leaders to aid in the early detection of invasive insects such as the Emerald Ash Borer. Additionally, The Nature Conservancy assists the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society with its Tree Tenders program through which community volunteers in Philadelphia become tree stewards of the City’s trees.

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The Nature Conservancy works in partnership with state and local government agencies and non-profit organization to advance a statewide Healthy Trees, Healthy Tennessee tree stewardship campaign. The Conservancy’s Tennessee Chapter is creating a series of videos entitled “If Trees Could Sing,” which builds awareness and support for the protection of trees and forests locally and statewide.

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