Urban forest ecosystems — including the trees and other natural resources within an urban area — provide key economic and ecologic benefits to their communities. Strategically placed trees in cities:

  • Reduce stormwater runoff, which diminishes pollution in streams and rivers.
  • Improve air quality through the removal of carbon and other pollutants from the air.
  • Ease energy consumption due to their shade and cooling properties.
  • Provide important habitat for wildlife and plant biodiversity.

Throughout 2011 and 2012, American Forests will be planting trees in all 50 states through our Forests for Fifty campaign. Many of these reforestation efforts, including the ones below, will occur in urban areas across the country. Other projects involve restoring forest ecosystemsprotecting wildlife habitat and educating the public. For more on urban forests and our efforts around them, head over to our Urban Forests page.

Urban Forest Projects

Joining the New Haven Urban Resources Initiative and Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, we will be planting trees throughout New Haven, Connecticut, to restore the city’s natural environment.

To help increase Delaware’s urban canopy, we are partnering with the Delaware Center for Horticulture to plant trees in various locations throughout Wilmington and New Castle County.

With Bridging The Gap’s Heartland Tree Alliance, we will be planting trees to bolster various riparian and urban areas in Kansas, helping stabilize water systems and improving water quality.

By partnering with Friends of Maxwell Arboretum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Forest Service and Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, we will be planting trees in the historic Maxwell Arboretum, which isa living laboratory, growing trees and plants that are hardy enough to survive Nebraska’s harsh environment.

In order to create a windbreak — important to prevent wind erosion, noise pollution and for the creation of wildlife habitat in urban environments — near a Wauseon, Ohio, water treatment facility, we are partnering with a number of Maumee Valley-based partners to plant trees in Wauseon.

How else is Forests for Fifty at work?