A Certified Arborist has a level of knowledge about trees and tree care and has passed an exam developed by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Some Certified Arborists have more extensive knowledge from their years of experience working with trees, through continuing education, and through degrees and certifications earned in related fields. Click here to submit a question.
Tree ordinances are important for protecting the community forest and public safety. These municipal regulations provide authority over trees, define responsibilities, offer guidance to residents and establish minimum standards for a community’s tree program. Most tree ordinances are focused on publicly-owned trees such as street trees, park trees and trees in public spaces. Learn More
Just about everyone knows what a forest is – a collection of growing trees. “Community forest” is the term used to describe a collection of trees growing in and around an urban or suburban area. It’s the trees that dot our yards, line our streets, and fill our parks with beauty and shade. Technically speaking, a community forest includes all the vegetation growing on both public and private areas in an inhabited place. It includes not only trees, but recognizes shrubs, grasses, flowers, and native vegetation as well.
Community forests are important to an area’s quality of life, they are part of the “urban ecosystem.” Imagine what your neighborhood would be like if there weren’t any trees in it. A healthy community forest is an important part of the environmental and economic vitality of cities and towns across the country.