Sustainable Urban Forest Guide

Hello RCP Network peeps -

Thought I'd share with you all a major urban forestry (aka community forestry) planning handbook that I recently completed after several years in the making while at the USFS Philadelphia Field Station. Feel free to share far and wide -- and certainly utilize the guide however you can in your community. Here's the blurb we're using for posting purposes:

The Sustainable Urban Forest: A Step-by-Step Approach is now available online at Developed as part of a collaboration between the U.S. Forest Service and the Davey Institute, the free handbook is designed to help urban forest managers assess the state of their urban forest, identify issues and opportunities, and chart a path toward long-term sustainability. An updated self-assessment method, based on the pioneering “Model of Urban Forest Sustainability” first developed by Jim Clark and colleagues in 1997, forms a cornerstone of the guide. The assessment tool enables users to set goals and track progress on numerous targets within three broad categories: Trees and Forest, Community Framework, and Resource Management Approach. (To request a hard copy of The Sustainable Urban Forest, contact author Michael Leff at 

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Michael Leff

Ecological Connections

62 Village Hill Rd, Williamsburg MA 01096

(215) 870-0605 |


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