Magazine article American Forests

Urban and Community Forestry Funding

Magazine article American Forests

Urban and Community Forestry Funding

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THANKS TO FOREST ADVOCATES, like you, the U.S. Forest Service's Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) program received an increase of federal funding for the FY2018. However, once again the Trump Administration's budget proposed eliminating this important program. American Forests advocated for the creation of this program in 1990, but has been working for trees in our cities and towns for more than a century. We need your help informing Congress about the importance of urban forests, and this program specifically. Here's why:

* The 138 million acres of urban and community forest lands in the U.S. affect more than 80 percent of the nation's population.

* These forests are vital to creating and maintaining healthy, livable communities of all sizes by providing scientifically proven social, economic and environmental benefits to the people that live there.

* The collective value and benefits of community trees is more than 10 billion dollars nationwide.

The U&CF program directly assists state governments, nonprofit organizations and partners that manage and serve our nation's forests. The program helps cities and towns across the nation prepare for storms and other disasters, contain threats from invasive pests and diseases, and improve tree infrastructure and forest cover. Properly managed community forests offer towns and municipalities a cost-effective way to maximize the economic, social and ecological benefits of their tree resources and avoid storm and disaster costs through preparedness and training. …

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