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Urban and Community Forestry Program
Technical Assistance for Illinois Communities


Urban and Community Forestry Program
Technical Assistance for Illinois Communities

Illinois’ Statewide Urban and Community State Forestry
Mission Statement

The purpose of Illinois’ Urban and Community Forestry program is to assist communities and other units of local government in the development or expansion of local urban and community forestry programs. This program serves to increase the awareness of the important role of the urban forest in providing 87.8% of Illinois citizens with the amenity values of shade, protection from winter winds or summer heat, protection from air and noise pollution, and reduction of storm water infiltration rates. Illinois’ Urban and Community Forestry program promotes high quality urban and community forestry management resulting in attractive, healthy, rewarding and safe urban/community forests. Sound tree care and urban/community forest management practices provide Illinois citizens with a physically, socially and psychologically safer community environment. Illinois’ Statewide Urban and Community State Forestry program is a part of a $4.7 billion dollar green industry in Illinois. Tree City USA communities alone spend $82.4 million on tree planting and tree care in the 191 participating communities. Illinois Urban and Community Forestry Tree City USA efforts alone serve about 7.2 million or over 65% of Illinois urban and community residents.  

Urban Community Forestry Program - Springfield Office:

The Springfield office administers the Urban and Community Forestry Program within the USDA Forest Service fiscal and policy guidelines for program development.

Contact:
Reinee Hildebrandt, Urban Conservation Program Administrator
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Division of Forest Resources
Urban Forestry Program
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702-1271
Phone (217) 785-8771; Fax (217) 785-2438

eDISTRICT FORESTERS – District Foresters can provide technical assistance to communities through urban forest assessments, development of local urban forestry programs, conducting tree inventories, developing management plans, development of insect and disease management strategic plans, and education/training on tree care.

 

 

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