Urban and Community Forestry
Urban and community forestry is a relatively new branch of forestry. The term was coined in 1970, and since then, urban forestry has grown steadily.
Urban and community forestry is a specialized branch of forestry that deals with the cultivation and management of trees. The activity takes a comprehensive approach to trees, both individual and aggregate, for the present and potential contribution to the well-being of local society and local ecology. This pursuit includes educating people about the benefits of trees, all aspects of management, care and maintenance of trees, and organizing people to support community tree programs. Urban and community forestry takes place at many scales. It is as relevant to cities such as Jackson and Gulfport as it is to small towns, neighborhoods, and unincorporated populated places.
Partners in urban and community forestry include the Mississippi Forestry Commission, National Arbor Day Foundation, Urban Forestry South, the American Forests, the Professional Arborist Association of Mississippi, the International Society of Arboriculture, Alliance for Community Trees, the Mississippi Urban Forest Council, and the Society of Municipal Arborists.
To learn more about the subject of urban forestry, and to view publications and educational programs, visit the MSU Extension Urban and Community Forestry blog https://blogs.msucares.com/urbanforestry.
American sycamores can grow to be large and stately with mottled bark of white and green and huge, shallow-lobed leaves. Their wood has a number of uses, including furniture, boxes, crates, paper and butcher blocks (because of its hardness). Sycamores are also widely used as ornamental trees throughout the East, South and Midwest.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Under constant, ideal conditions, Bradford pear trees could provide a quarter century of beauty. Unfortunately, the weather will never cooperate to protect these vulnerable ornamental trees for an extended time.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Urban Forestry Summer School on July 28 will use Catalpa Creek on the Mississippi State University campus as a living laboratory for training and demonstration.
MSU faculty will teach at the school, hosted by the MSU Extension Service and the Professional Arborists Association of Mississippi. The event will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the College of Veterinary Medicine on the MSU Henry H. Leveck Animal Research Farm, commonly called South Farm. Signs will direct visitors to the actual location.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Experts at Mississippi State University recommend that those planting trees in the landscape this Arbor Day do their homework before getting started.
“Most people see a tree they like and decide that they want to have one in their yard, but that is really not the way to decide what kind of tree to plant,” said John Kushla, an associate Extension and research professor with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service and the Forestry and Wildlife Research Center.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – People interested in learning about the basics of tree planting and care have the opportunity to do so at workshops being held across the state in May and June.
The Urban Forest Workshops are sponsored by the Mississippi Urban Forestry Council and are free to the public. MUFC and Mississippi State University Extension Service personnel will lead the sessions and educate attendees about planting, pruning, selecting trees, preparing for a storm and replacing trees. The workshops will be held in various locations:
TreeMetrics makes urban forest inventories easy. This app leads you through many of the most important measurements necessary for tree benefit mapping using a bottom-up inventory approach. Metrics include GPS coordinates, reference objects, and plot information for sample inventories (e.g., land use, ground cover). Individual tree metrics include a species selection list with UFORE codes, tree height, DBH, crown measurements, impervious surface, energy savings measures, and tree hazard indicators. Users can take photos of trees within the app.