Urban & Community Forestry

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What is an urban forest?

An urban forest is any tree(s) where people work, live or play. It may include:

  • Individual trees along a street or in a parking lot
  • Trees within a yard or on a campus.
  • Scattered trees within a park or other developed property (read more about trees in the Community)

Why is the urban forest important?

Trees and urban forests matter because they impact the environment we live in by moderating temperature extremes, reducing wind speed, reducing water erosion, filtering pollutants from air, water and soil, providing visual and sound screens, softening the harsh concrete, glass and steel cityscapes and increasing property values.  (Read more about Benefits of Trees)

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Did You Know:

  • Every state has an official State Tree. Virginia adopted the flowering dogwood Cornaceae Cornus florida as the State Tree on February 24, 1956.  The dogwood is well distributed throughout the...

  • In one day, one large tree can lift up to 100 gallons of water out of the ground and discharge it into the air.

  • Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and save 20-50 percent in heating energy.

  • One large tree can provide a supply of oxygen for two people.

  • Trees are the largest living organisms on earth: some coastal redwoods are more than 360 feet tall.

  • Trees are some of the oldest living organisms on earth: some bristle-cone pines are thought to be more than 5000 years old.

  • Most tree roots are in the top 12 inches of soil.

  • Most trees do not have a tap root.

  • A mature tree removes almost 70 times more pollution than a newly planted tree.

  • A birdhouse hung on a young tree branch, does not move up the tree as the tree grows.

  • Well-maintained trees and shrubs can increase property value by up to 14%.

Contact Trees Virginia

(434) 295 6401

900 Natural Resources Drive, Ste 800
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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Upcoming Events

Board of Directors Meeting
11-29-2017 10:00 am
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Our Partners

American Grove     Virginia Department of Forestry     Mid-Atlantic Chapter International Society of Arboriculture