Trusted stewards of Idaho's resources, from main street to mountain top

Urban & Community Forestry

top right photoTrees 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.

Scholarship Opportunity:
Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI)

top left photoIDL is offering up to two $2,300 scholarships to attend the weeklong national 2020 Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI) from February 23-28 at the Lodge at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama. 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 15, 2019.

New Resources Available

top right photoThe 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.

Arbor Day

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.

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: