How To / Best Practices


Vibrant Cities Lab: new national go-to resource for urban forests

Article by Ian Leahy, excerpts reprinted with permission from American Forests Magazine, Fall 2017 VIBRANT CITIES LAB:  A State-of-the-Art Platform to Help City Leaders Harness Urban Forests America’s cities are experiencing a period of remarkable and exhilarating renewal. City governments, community groups, nonprofits like American Forests, universities and many other institutions are all working to help … Read More

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Urban Riparian Buffer Handbook

This handbook provides a blueprint for municipal entities, local watershed groups, and other nonprofit organizations for the purpose of educating and providing guidance on how to successfully plan and implement a riparian buffer project in  a multitude of settings and planting conditions.

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eLearn Urban Forestry

eLearn: Urban Forestry is a state-of-the-art online, distance-learning program geared specifically toward beginning urban foresters and those allied professionals working in and around urban and urbanizing landscapes.

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Tree Owner’s Manual

Just like the owner’s manual that comes with automobiles and appliances, the Tree Owner’s Manual includes a parts list, instructions for installation, tips for troubleshooting common issues, recommended service, and more

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Tree Care Topics & Brochures

ISA provides various educational brochures to help tree owners understand best management practices throughout the life of a tree and to promote a greater awareness of the benefits that trees provide in our communities.

Urban Watershed Forestry Manual Part 3

Urban Tree Planting Guide

This manual provides guidance on urban tree planting at the development site and watershed scale and discusses species selection, site preparation, tree planting and maintenance techniques, and special considerations for urban tree planting.