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What is Urban Forestry?

The Society of American Foresters defines urban forestry as, “the art, science, and technology of managing trees and forest resources in and around urban community ecosystems for the physiological, sociological, economic, and aesthetic benefits trees provide society.”

The urban/community forest is where trees and people meet. Trees provide numerous benefits to the people who live among them, including stormwater management, pollution mitigation, and, if placed correctly, reduction of heating and cooling costs. Trees have also been proven to reduce anxiety and increase property values. These ecosystem services are compounded in the built, urban environment.

Trees are not native to urban settings. In order for our urban and community forests to truly thrive, and in order to maximize the ecosystem services they provide, they must be properly planned, maintained, and managed.

Urban forestry is a relatively new discipline, full of new ideas and opportunities to innovate. The need for highly trained, qualified professionals in this industry is growing quickly as more and more people begin to realize the extent of the benefits that the urban forest provides, as well as the complexity of managing this resource.

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Rutgers Urban Forestry

The Rutgers Urban Forestry Program offers a major in Urban Forestry, and is a partner in several graduate program and post-doctoral research projects. In addition, the program works with partners in industry and government to provide outreach and education in Urban Forestry throughout New Jersey and beyond.

The Urban Forestry program is part of the Rutgers Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources.

If you have any questions, or think you may be interested in urban/community forestry as a career, please contact us:

Dr. Jason Grabosky, Urban Forestry Program Director, grabosky@sebs.rutgers.edu, 848-932-0050.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

The Urban Forestry Program is proud to be a partner of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station – Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 

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