The Rutgers Urban Forestry Outreach Program works with several other organizations throughout New Jersey and the northeast.
Our goal is to connect the personnel and programs at Rutgers to the Center for Resilient Landscapes, the NJ Urban & Community Forestry Program, and the community of consultants and shade tree program volunteers in New Jersey.
It is our hope that by helping to build contacts and connections, the information and tools developed through these programs will be better and more fully utilized in the management of local shade tree resources.
As part of our ongoing outreach effort, we’ve created the following infographics that address some common issues and topics in urban forestry. Please feel free to share these widely!
More are coming soon. If you have any forestry related topics you’d like us to address, feel free to let us know!
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In New Jersey, Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April. The NJ Forest Service, NJ Tree Foundation, NJ Community Forestry Council, and municipal shade tree program representatives from throughout the State gather to plant and celebrate trees. In 2019, the Rutgers Urban Forestry Program was honored as the host of the State Arbor Day Celebration. The theme was “From Seed to Saw” and the event included a sawmill demonstration, ceremonial tree planting, and awards ceremony.
For Arbor Day 2024, we are excited to announce that we will be hosting a photo contest!All levels of photographers are encouraged to submit your pictures, whether you take a picture on your phone, or a camera, all tree pictures are welcome!This year’s theme is “My Tree, My Place”. We want you to showcase a tree that is special to you or sparks your interest somewhere that you live, work, or spend a lot of time. Your photograph can reflect “My Tree, My School”, “My Tree, My Park”, “My Tree, My Office”, and so on!The winning photographs will be featured on the Rutgers Urban Forestry website, by the NJ Shade Tree Federation, as well as NJ Department Of Environmental Protection Urban and Community Forestry Program.The photographs may also be featured in exhibits on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University.Submit your photos here: https://go.rutgers.edu/ow4wvxes
We maintain contacts with professional organizations representing Urban Forestry and Arboricultural industry in New Jersey in order to better promote the industry to our students, and to help match students in the Urban Forestry Major Option and Urban Forestry Certificate programs with internship opportunities and work placement.
For a list of internships, job opportunities, and scholarships, see the Academic Program Menu.
For information about the professional organizations that represent Arboriculture and Urban Forestry in New Jersey, see the links below:
We are a partner organization with the NJ Forest, Landscape, and Agricultural Pest Roundtable, an interdisciplinary team comprised of representatives from the NJ Department of Agriculture, NJ State Forest Service, USDA APHIS, Rutgers University, and the US Forest Service. The Task Force works to collaborate on pest management decisions and advice, and to consolidate and disburse information and resources relevant to these pests in New Jersey.
NJ Forest, Landscape, and Agricultural Pest Resources:
- Emerald Ash Borer
- Spotted Lanternfly
- Beech Leaf Disease
- Elm Zizag Sawfly
- Asian Longhorned Beetle
- Spongy Moth
- Pine Shoot Beetle
Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.
Visit the links below to learn more.
The New Jersey Urban & Community Forestry Program (NJUCF) is one of our governmental partners. The NJUCF program is where biotic and abiotic resources connect to increase the function of our urban, human-occupied ecosystems.
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station has published hundreds of fact sheets on a wide variety of topics.
i-Tree is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban and rural forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree tools can help strengthen forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying forest structure and the environmental benefits that trees provide.
The i-Tree website offers a multitude of training opportunities for their free software. Most recently they conducted a 2023 i-Tree Open Academy, and the recordings are available here. If you are interested in learning more about the value of your urban forests check it out!
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