Urban & Community Forestry

Establishing and maintaining urban forests improves Californians’ quality of life and the quality of urban natural resources. Trees provide energy conservation, reduce stormwater runoff, extend the life of surface streets, improve local air, soil and water quality, reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide, improve public health, provide wildlife habitat, and increase property values. The Urban & Community Forestry Work Group is coordinating grants, technical assistance, education and policy advice to local governments, nonprofits, private sector organizations and the public to advance urban forestry in key areas of the state.



CAL FIRE Urban and Community Forestry Program

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California Natural Resources Agency, Urban Greening Program

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Adapting to Extreme Heat in California:
Asssesing Gaps in State-Level Policies and Funding Opportunities

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Los Angeles Urban Forest Equity Report

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Santa Clara Valley Urban Forestry Alliance

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California Releases Extreme Heat Action Plan to Protect Communities from Rising Temperatures

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Work Group: Urban & Community Forestry

Partnering Organizations

Work Group leads:

CAL FIRE – Walter Passmore, State Urban Forester

CAL FIRE – John Melvin, Assistant Deputy Director Resource Protection and Improvement

California Natural Resources Agency – Amanda Hansen,Deputy Secretary for Climate Change

California Natural Resources Agency – Melissa Jones, Manager Bonds and Grants for Urban Greening

Key Actions Assigned:

3.15 – 3.17