American Forests brings a nonprofit perspective to cities and consultants creating equity-focused urban forestry management plans. Our staff has expertise in workforce development, GIS data science, ordinance, urban forestry program structure, science, partnership facilitation and community engagement, which can deliver the full potential of our suite of Tree Equity toolkit, such as our Tree Equity Score that indicates how cities can improve the equitable distribution of their urban forests.

In Arlington, Virginia, American Forests is creating an integrated urban forestry and natural resources management plan update that works for all city residents. This project includes an analysis of impacts and opportunities related to Arlington’s tree canopy, natural lands, urban development, wildlife, recreation, public education and stewardship. Benchmarking, focus groups and community engagement inform many components of this plan.

In Boston, American Forests is helping the city launch its first Boston Urban Forest Plan, which is designed to create a thriving, sustainable urban forest that will benefit all Bostonians.