Community ReLeaf

Launched in 2013, Community ReLeaf 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.

Current Project Cities

Asbury Park, NJ Atlanta Austin Chicago
Detroit Hartford Miami Nashville
Oakland Pasadena, Calif. Washington, D.C.

Future Project Cities

American Forests’ goal for this program is to partner over multiple years with 20 cities by 2020 and is currently requesting proposals in the hopes of selecting at least three new cities to participate in the program’s upcoming cycle. The proposals will allow communities to illustrate the stories of their urban forest and its needs and capacities, whether you have an advanced operation or are just trying to get started.

Help us understand the goals you wish to achieve through Community ReLeaf by submitting your online application, which is due by 9:00 EDT on Friday, August 21, 2015.

Community ReLeaf program — project city RFP

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