Inspired? Here's are some suggestions from the USDA Forest Service Eastern Region R9 Regional Office of ways you can help trees and forests in your neighborhood:
- Find your state urban and community forest coordinator (good place to start—contact a State & Private Forestry employee focused on Urban & Community Forestry)
- Use i-Tree to see what your trees are worth
- Get involved in urban natural resources stewardship; the Eastern Region's Urban Connections program is a great place to start.
- Find a tree-planting organization in your area and volunteer to plant or care for trees in your community; check out the Alliance for Community Trees to find a group in your town.
Learn More About Trees
Penn State Extension: The Role of Tree and Forests in Healthy Watersheds
Stroud Water Research Center: How Many Trees Does It Take to Protect a Stream?
Chesapeake Bay Program: Forest Buffers
Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Podcast "Trees: The Oysters of the Land"
Arbor Day Foundation: How to Plant Your Trees
Landowner Guide for Buffer Success
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources TreeVitalize program
Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Native Tree Plantings and Stream Buffer Restoration
Urban Street Trees: 22 Benefits, Specific Applications, Dan Burden, Senior Urban Designer, 2006
Organizations & Websites
The Arbor Day Foundation
U.S. Forest Service
Tools & Calculators
The National Tree Benefit Calculator allows anyone to make a simple estimation of the benefits individual street-side trees provide.
i-Tree provides desktop tools and apps to help quantify benefits, prioritize areas, estimate tree canopy, recommend species, estimate carbon sequestration, and lots more.
Partners may find this instructional Tree Planting Guide compiled by CBF's restoration staff to be useful when planning planting events. The guide outlines the necessary steps, from finding a suitable site to making sure the trees stay healthy in the long-term.