Community Trees: Additional General Resources
To learn how trees benefit our communities far beyond shade and oxygen production, explore the links below! Curious about the specific value of a tree in your yard? Check out "MyTree" from i-Tree, a not-for-profit, public/private partnership that combines government, business, and professional organizations.
Trees Are Good "Benefits of Trees"
ACTrees "Benefits of Trees and Urban Forests"
An ordinance is a law issued by a local government. Tree ordinances establish official policies for how a community wants to maintain its trees and establishes legal protections. Explore the links below to learn how to develop tree ordinances in your community.
NC Coop. Ext. "Developing Successful Tree Ordinances"
ISA "Guidelines for Developing & Evaluating Tree Ordinances"
Explore the links below to learn about a tree board and how to start one in your community.
Arbor Day Foundation's "Tree Board University"
Example Tree Board: City of Berkley, Michigan Tree Board
How To Plant A Tree (and Keep It Alive)!
Review the basic steps and then explore the links below to learn how to select, plant, and maintain a tree!
Arbor Day Foundation "Tree Wizard"
ReLeaf Michigan "A Pocket Guide to Planting Trees"
USDA "Tree Owners Manual"
Trees Are Good "Mature Tree Care"
Tree Tools: Citizen Scientists
Explore the links below to learn how you can collect data to support trees in your community and beyond!
TreeSnap - Invasive diseases and pests threaten the health of America’s forests. Scientists are working to understand what allows some individual trees to survive, but they need to find healthy, resilient trees in the forest to study. That’s where concerned foresters, landowners, and citizens (you!) can help. Tag trees you find in your community, on your property, or out in the wild using TreeSnap! Scientists will use the data you collect to locate trees for research projects like studying the genetic diversity of tree species and building better tree breeding programs.
i-Naturalist - Record your observations, share with fellow naturalists, and discuss your findings, all while assisting scientists! Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. We Findings are shared with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help scientists find and use your data.
Nature's Notebook - Track seasonal changes in plants and animals and help scientists track how climate change and weather pattern impact their life cycles.
GLOBE Observer: Trees - Estimate tree height. Observing tree height allows NASA scientists to understand the gain or loss of biomass which can inform carbon calculations. Tracking how trees are changing over time can help estimate the number of trees that make up an area. Learn more about the science of trees and how NASA studies them.