Urban Forestry Toolkit

The U.S. Forest Service Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Urban Forestry in Your Community

Urban Forestry Toolkit

Urban forests are forests for people

They provide real, measurable benefits to your residents and your neighborhoods.  Dozens, even hundreds, of communities have developed plans to grow their urban forests, and harvest this suite of benefits. We’ve charted their experience to create this comprehensive collection of tools, resources, and guideposts.

Like them, you’ll need to find the pathway which best suits your community — the one that addresses your own goals, excites your leadership, engages your residents, and helps enlist your peers.

The destination is a vibrant urban forest that enriches your city for generations.

Philadelphia is a national leader in greening cities


The Vibrant Cities Lab Urban Forestry Toolkit is adapted from Michael Leff, The Sustainable Urban Forest: A Step-by-Step Approach. U.S. Forest Service and Davey Institute, 2016.

Assess What You Have

Define the needs of your community, measure your tree canopy with our Community Assessment and Goal Setting Tool, and determine where trees can have the greatest impact.

Need Inspiration?

See how other communities are successfully using green infrastructure to improve health, transportation, water quality, jobs, and safety.

Urban Forestry Toolkit