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In order for communities to successfully implement green infrastructure and urban forestry projects, it is essential that the proper partnerships are fostered straight from the start. Sustaining these relationships demands strong leadership from high-profile champions (either individuals or organizations), a convening organization respected and trusted by all stakeholders, and continuing cooperation among agencies at all levels of government. Use the list of select resources below to begin engaging local stakeholders and refer to the Create Partnerships and the Engage Your Community sections of the Planning Process for a more detailed description of what it takes to build the support your community needs for success.

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Trees are the Key Online Toolkit

This site includes presentations, sample letters, posters, etc. for community outreach.  It was prepared by Fifth Estate Communications for the Sustainable Urban Forests Commission — as part of the Vibrant Cities Initiative.

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Urban and Community Forest Appreciation Toolkit

This resource contains a series of customizable community education materials from the Forest Service, prepared primarily for Northeastern states.

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Urban & Community Forestry: A Practical Guide to Sustainability

This guide is organized into separate downloadable chapters on a variety of topics related to urban forestry and sustainability.  It includes a chapter on engaging multicultural audiences.

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Monitoring Field Data Collection

This guide is extremely useful for groups training longer-term volunteers, youth groups, school projects on how to monitor progress at forest restoration sites and gather data needed for mapping tools.

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Four Myths about Urban Forests and Greening Cities II

Myth 2:  Only Big Cities Can Make it Happen Just not so.  And there are dozens of urban forestry and green infrastructure planners who’ll show you how small cities and towns have greened their communities — as well, or even better, than their metro-sized neighbors. Three approaches seem to work best. Comprehensive Regional Planning Enable Municipal […] READ MORE

Strategies for Self -Funding Your Programs

Most urban forestry programs will probably always rely heavily on general fund allocations, but other options exist that can provide a revenue stream more clearly dedicated to the stewardship and management of urban forests. – “Planning the Urban Forest,” American Planning Association (2009) READ MORE

I-Tree Tools

The I-Tree suite of tools is the “Swiss Army Knife” of urban forestry.  It can do just about anything – from calculating the benefits of planting a single tree on a specific site to estimating your community’s overall tree canopy and monetizing the ecosystem services it provides.  Thousands of users have proven the old adage:  […] READ MORE