Engage Colleagues and Peers
As you organize your initiative, make certain to include other municipal agencies in the beginning stages. These agencies, including health, education, police, and economic development, have a stake in expanding the tree canopy. It is your job to explain that to them. Some agencies, like public works and stormwater, may already understand the value of green infrastructure, but not how trees can improve these systems. Others, like public health officials or educators, can learn from the vast body of research on connections between urban forests and community vitality. The University of Washington and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provide compelling research on the connection between urban forestry and human health benefits.
The resources below include peer-reviewed research on the ecosystem, social, and economic services provided by urban trees and provide compelling evidence on why all agencies can advance their own agenda through urban forestry.