Our Community ReLeaf program aims to bring national attention to the value of our urban forests and reaches geographically distributed and culturally diverse communities across the United States.

Our Project Cities

Asbury Park - volunteer planting event

Asbury Park

Our work in Asbury Park focused on assessing the city’s tree canopy after Superstorm Sandy and adapting the one square mile city’s urban forest to better handle major storms.

View Asbury Park’s assessment report

Atlanta - Dreamer's Park

Photo credit: Trees Atlanta


Tree canopy analysis findings in Atlanta highlight a correlation between household income, respiratory health, air quality and tree canopy, while restoration activities have focused on greening school campuses.

View Atlanta’s assessment report

Austin food forest rendering


American Forests has developed a community survey to better understand residents’ relationship to their urban forest and helped local partners install Texas’s first food forest, which includes a variety of fruit and nut trees on park, school, and residential properties near the Colorado River.

Blue Island, Chicago

Photo credit: Chicago Center for Neighborhood Technology


American Forests led a 10-county urban tree canopy assessment and is helping reforestation efforts throughout the metro area, including revitalizing tree-less downtown Blue Island in the heavily industrialized area south of Chicago.

Cleveland skyline


Through tree inventories and comprehensive planting, pruning, and removal efforts in select neighborhoods, American Forests seeks to generate support for citywide investments in tree canopy as a means of helping address a myriad of environmental and socioeconomic issues.

Columbus Community ReLeaf nursery planting


American Forests helped create Columbus’ first community tree nursery, which will grow thousands of trees to help the city reach its goal of planting 300,000 trees and increase the tree canopy by five percent.

Dallas skyline


An urban heat island study we are developing will guide a robust corporate, nonprofit and government partnership aimed at restoring tree canopy and establishing a culture of sustainability in one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country.

Detroit volunteer tree planting event in Rouge Park


Our initial project quantified and improved the ecosystem services of Detroit’s largest standing forest. We then turned to vacant land, spurring creation of the city’s first outdoor education center and now helping lead a coalition to create a citywide reforestation, wood reuse and job creation strategy.

Learn more about the Detroit education center
View Detroit’s assessment report

Hartford downtown view


American Forests directed its resources to a citywide tree canopy analysis and helped plant over 600 trees in underserved neighborhoods with depleted canopy cover.

View Hartford’s assessment report

Houston skyline


American Forests has joined the U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities and local partners to create and begin implementing a reforestation strategy to help the metro area adapt to better handle intense storms.

Community ReLeaf: Miami - Bacardi volunteer planting June 2016


In Miami, a city facing vulnerability to climate change and urban heat island effect, American Forests has conducted tree canopy assessments, implemented various planting projects in underserved suburban communities and is helping local partners develop a long-term strategy to plant one million trees.

Learn more about our work in Miami
View Miami’s assessment report

East Nashville volunteer tree planting


We conducted an in-depth tree canopy analysis of more than 11,000 street trees, and planted hundreds more, in East Nashville, a part of the city that is undergoing major urban revitalization and development.

View East Nashville’s assessment report

Oakland volunteer tree planting


Our analysis of Oakland presents a strong correlation between tree canopy and socioeconomic conditions. Using an index that highlights this relationship, we focused our restoration efforts in areas of greatest need.

Discover the correlation between tree canopy and socioeconomics in Oakland
View Oakland’s assessment report

Volunteer tree planting in Pasadena, California

Pasadena, Calif.

In response to a major windstorm, this suburban city’s analysis and reforestation activities focused on air quality benefits of city trees to help address air pollution and smog and to inform the city’s future plans on urban forest management.

View Pasadena’s assessment report

Tempe skyline


Our first desert city, American Forests is working with local partners to implement strategic “cooling zone” tree plantings that support Tempe’s plan to become a walkable, bikeable city by 2040.

DC Urban Farm renderings

Washington, D.C.

Our work in the nation’s capital has focused on innovative ways to engage economically disenfranchised populations, including turning a three-acre vacant lot into a public greenspace that includes a children’s discovery area, performance stages, fitness track, art installations and an urban research farm.

Learn more about our work in the nation’s capital