ILLINOIS URBAN AND COMMUNITY FORESTRY PROGRAM
"Helping Communities Build Sustainable Local Forestry Programs"
Statewide Urban and Community State Forestry Mission Statement:
Statewide Urban and Community State Forestry program is a part of a $4.7
billion dollar green industry in Illinois. Tree City USA communities alone
spend $82.4 million on tree planting and tree care in the 191 participating
communities. Illinois Urban and Community Forestry Tree City USA efforts
alone serve about 7.2 million or over 65% of Illinois urban and community
of Illinois’ Urban and Community Forestry program is to assist communities,
and other units of local government in the development or expansion of
local urban and community forestry programs. This program serves to increase
the awareness of the important role of the urban forest in providing 87.8%
of Illinois citizens with the amenity values of shade, protection from
winter winds or summer heat, protection from air and noise pollution,
and reduction of storm water infiltration rates. Illinois’ Urban
and Community Forestry program promotes high quality urban and community
forestry management resulting in attractive, healthy, rewarding and safe
urban/community forests. Sound tree care and urban/community forest management
practices provide Illinois citizens with a physically, socially and psychologically
safer community environment.
Forestry Program - Springfield Office
The Department of Natural Resources, Urban & Community Forestry Program
(U & CF), offers programs that either provide or lead local units of
government to technical assistance to communities. Programs and incentives
administered by the Springfield office include:
City USA - a program recognizing outstanding forestry programs
Urban Forestry Councils - set policy priorities and take action
locally to network urban forestry resources and promote urban forestry
issues and programs - due to current economic and travel restrictions this service is currently on hold.
and Community Forestry Assistance Program - Provides grants on
a 50% cost share basis for creating, enhancing and developing urban forestry
Assistance to Communities - Program Development and site
visits may be provided through the Urban and Community Forestry Program
Day Poster Contest - Encourages young people to plant
trees on Arbor Day in conjunction with the artistic expression. 5th-Graders
can participate in the annual Arbor
Day Poster Contest co-administered within IDNR. This year's
theme is "Trees are Terrific...in Cities and Towns!".
Each year the theme is "Trees are Terrific....". Details provided
in the teachers' packets sent out each fall.
IDNR Famous Historic Tree Arboretum