Community ReLeaf, which launched in spring 2013, is dedicated to the assessment, restoration and monitoring of urban forests.

As part of this program, American Forests identifies cities that could benefit from an analysis of their urban forests — or aspects of their urban forests — based on research and conversations with urban forest managers. Then, each year, a handful of cities are selected as “project sites” for that year’s Community ReLeaf activities. Once selected each project site undergoes three distinct phases: urban forest assessment, restoration, and outreach and education.

Reaching geographically distributed and culturally diverse communities, Community ReLeaf aims to bring national attention to the value of our urban forests.

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The Project Cities

  • Asbury Park, N.J.
    Project Year: 2013
    Focus: Assessing urban forest canopy changes over time and damage from storm events like 2012′s Hurricane Sandy
  • Atlanta, Ga.
    Project Year: 2013
    Focus: Determining how the urban forest surrounding the city’s schoolyards improves students’ well-being
  • Detroit, Mich.
    Project Year: 2013
    Focus: Calculating the ecosystem benefits of the largest community park and the last sustainable riparian forest in the city
  • Nashville, Tenn.
    Project Year: 2013
    Focus: Establishing the importance of the city’s downtown trees to influence future development plans
  • Pasadena, Calif.
    Project Year: 2013
    Focus: Assessing how the community’s public trees impact air quality, including smog and pollution