Urban Forestry

Urban Forestry
Photo by Raina Sheridan

The office of the Southern Regional Extension Forester has created or collaborated on several regional and national urban and community forestry projects, including:

eXtension: Urban Forestry & Energy Conservation Community of Practice

eXtension is an online, interactive learning environment delivering researched-based knowledge developed by national experts from land-grant universities.  eXtension connects knowledge consumers with knowledge providers, and is a highly valued Cooperative Extension professional development tool.

SREF received a National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council Challenge Cost Share Grant in 2010 to develop an eXtension Urban Forestry and Energy Conservation Community of Practice (CoP) and online resource. The eXtension page, Trees for Energy Conservation, provides research-based information from a network of national urban forestry, energy conservation, and community development experts. The site contains multi-media educational resources on urban tree management practices that maximize energy-saving aspects of trees, including:

  • An "Ask an Expert" feature that puts you in direct contact with specialists in the field
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to take advantage of questions you may have that have already been answered
  • Informative articles and fact sheets on a variety of subjects
  • eLearning opportunities
  • Urban forestry instructional videos and webinars
  • Links to relevant news, articles, events, and much more


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, including service foresters, natural resource planners, landscape architects, city officials and public works employees.

Impact Assessment Project: National Urban and Community Advisory Council (NUCFAC) Grants

During 2016, the Southern Regional Extension Forestry received funding from NUCFAC to assess the impact of research and other projects funded through annual NUCFAC grant awards, specifically from years 2010 to 2015. A survey and report will highlight the research and products, or outcomes, generated by the projects and will demonstrate the long-term impact these projects have on meeting urban forest public needs. The final report will assess whether these grant projects have made a difference, justifying continued financial support for the program by the US Forest Service.

For more information on this project, please contact Holly Campbell at hcampbell@sref.info.

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