Urban Forest Management
Cornell University Urban Horticulture Institute provides a clearinghouse for information to help communities manage their urban trees
Beyond Planting: An Urban Forestry Primer
The authors present a model for the development of sustainable urban forests.
Human Dimensions of Urban Forestry and Urban Greening
The Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute (UFEI) addresses the increasing need for improved management of the urban forests in California.
Help with managing community trees
Forterra Green City toolkit
Urban forest management plan best practices for public works managers
Guide to sustainable urban forestry
Library of urban forestry resources
U.S. Forest Service urban forestry manual
Urban forestry presentations covering many topics
Weeklong intensive training program covering leadership and management tools of program administration, coalition building, strategic thinking, program planning, and public relations.
American Planning Association literature review contains book, article, and government document citations related to the relationship between planning and urban forestry, arranged by topic.
Planning for urban and community forestry
Guide to urban forest planning, especially in relation to community general plan process.
Minimum guidelines needed to create a Community Forestry Management Plan as required under the New Jersey Shade Tree and Community Forestry Assistance Act.
Urban and community forestry guidebook and sample plan
A technical guide to developing urban forestry strategic plans and urban forest management plans

Evaluating the Benefits of Trees
i-Tree is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree Tools help communities of all sizes to strengthen their urban forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of community trees and the environmental services that trees provide. The i-Tree Landscape module is a Web-based application. i-Tree Landscape is preloaded with land cover data and U.S. Census demographics.
Urban Forestry/Urban Greening Research
Tree Benefit Calculator
Benefits of Trees and Urban Forests: A Research List
Tree Resources from California Urban Forests Council
National stormwater calculator
Manage, compare costs for green infrastructure programs
Value of green infrastructure
Linking the economic benefits of low impact development and community decisions
Recent tree research
Portal to U.S. Forest Service urban forestry research
Green infrastructure and forestry toolkit with links to management software, carbon credits, and iTree tools
Issue papers addressing the value of trees and urban canopy

Urban Forest Assessment
Community-supported tree mapping and inventory system
This list, compiled by the U.S. Forest Service, contains lists of commercial software and public domain programs available.
Inventory and management software
The template contained in this document can be used by small communities to develop an inventory.
Community outreach tools
Visual simulation for tree planting scenarios
Forterra guide for citizen volunteer tree monitors and surveyors
Regional indicators with respect to sustainability
From the U.S. Forest Service, customizable PowerPoint presentations for 19 different climate zones
Urban Forest Project protocols for urban tree planting and urban forest management. The protocols provide guidance to quantify and verify GHG reductions from tree planting, maintenance, and/or improved management activities implemented to permanently increase carbon storage through trees.

Environmental Assessment
Provide assistances to communities for developing climate action plans.
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Web Soil Survey provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zone Map
Sunset’s climate zones
National Resource Conservation Service Brush Management Design Procedures
CAL FIRE Environmental Protection and Regulations
City of San Diego Brush Management Guide
**Check online for guidelines specific to your region.
National invasive species information center
**Check online for species specific to your area.


Tree Care Policies, Ordinances, and Standards
ANSI A300 standards and corresponding best management practices are the generally accepted industry standards for tree care practices. They are voluntary industry consensus standards developed by Tree Care Industry Association and written by a committee called the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) A300, whose mission is to develop consensus performance standards based on current research and sound practice for writing specifications to manage trees, shrubs, and other woody plants.

The standards are divided into parts, based on tree care practices.
Part 1 – Pruning
Part 2 – Soil Management
Part 3 – Supplemental Support Systems
Part 4 – Lightning Protection Systems
Part 5 – Management
Part 6 – Planting and Transplanting
Part 7 – Integrated Vegetation Management
Part 8 – Root Management Standard
Part 9 – Tree Risk Assessment Guidelines for Developing and Evaluating Tree Ordinances
Tools for protecting land and financing conservation
International Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Database project
Guide to writing tree ordinances
Guidelines for developing and evaluating tree ordinances
Urban forest ordinances, regulations, and public policy best practices for public works managers
Building sustainable communities guide
Guide for tree commissions and advisory councils

Selecting Trees
A tree selection guide
Guidelines for selecting quality nursery stock