Urban & Community Forestry
Trees provide many benefits in urban settings. They reduce air and noise pollution, help conserve water, save energy, and reduce soil erosion, saving money, enhancing businesses and providing beauty to the places in which we live and work.
IDL staff and contracted community forestry assistants provide technical and educational assistance to help citizens and professionals with a wide range of actions, from ordinance creation to program development to ways to use trees and community forest canopy strategically in order to address critical issues such as those listed above.
Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI)
IDL is offering two $2,100 scholarships to attend the weeklong national 2017 Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI) from February 19-24 in Lake Arrowhead, CA. MFI is an intensive, high-level leadership training and education program. It helps participants build leadership skills, think and plan strategically, and increase success in working with boards, coalitions, organizations and individuals. Municipal employees interested in applying for a scholarship should complete and return a fill-in scholarship application form by November 18, 2016.
New Resources Available
The National Association of State Foresters is initiating a My Tree—Our Forest® campaign to increase understanding of the benefits of and support for healthy community forests. The first educational materials produced through this campaign are a set of six colorful tree tags; providing valuable messages on how trees make oxygen, keep drinking water clean, save money, make city life fun, and keep streets safe. The tree tags are 10"x14", printed on weatherproof material and are drilled with two holes for easy hanging. IDL has a limited number of these; please let us know if your city would like a set.
The Arbor Day Foundation has revised and updated their Tree Board Handbook. This handbook explains how to start a tree board, ensure it is effective, how to develop plans and budgets and implement the plans, communication and advocacy, and celebrating success, along with many helpful references. Please contact us if your community would like a copy.
Idaho Community Trees News Bulletin
Idaho Community Trees is a news bulletin from the University of Idaho and the IDL Community Forestry program.
- Current Issue 81 - Winter 2016 2017
- Issue 80 - Fall 2016
- Issue 79 - Summer 2016 (pdf)
- Issue 78 - Spring 2016 (pdf)
- Issue 77 - Winter 2016 (pdf)
- Issue 76 - Fall 2015 (pdf)
- Issue 75 - Summer 2015 (pdf)
- Issue 74 - Spring 2015 (pdf)
- Issue 70 - Spring 2014 (pdf)
- Issue 69 - Winter 2014 (pdf)
- Issue 68 - Fall 2013 (pdf)
- Issue 67 - Summer 2013 (pdf)
- Issue 66 - Spring 2013 (pdf)
- Issue 65 - Winter 2013 (pdf)
- Issue 64 - Fall 2012 (pdf)
IDL, in partnership with the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association, Avista, Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power, offers small grants to communities to help celebrate Arbor Day, the last Friday in April every year.
- 2016 Winners (pdf)
- 2016 Program Summary (pdf)
- ARBOR DAY: April 28, 2017
-- Grant program announcement (pdf)
-- News release announcing 2017 program (pdf)
-- Grant application - fillable (pdf)
-- Proclamation (pdf) (NOTE: Applicants are required to sign the proclamation when applying for a grant)
Tree City USA
Tree City USA is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America.
Tree City USA Growth Awards recognize Tree Cities that have made significant improvement to their community forest program.
Those wishing to learn more about Tree City USA, apply for Tree City USA status, recertify or apply for a Growth Award are encouraged to complete the application online. Applications are due December 15th of each year.
Alternatively, cities can complete the appropriate paper application shown below: