Program History and Mission

Our Mission

To lead community members, businesses, and governments in understanding the value of urban and community forests and to promote public responsibility for, and participation in, the stewardship of these resources for this and future generations.

Program History

Funded primarily through the USDA Forest Service, the UCF Program is designed to help communities plan, plant, and care for their community trees. Since its inception in 1991, VT UCF has provided technical, educational, and financial assistance to over 175 Vermont communities and more than $1,000,000 in competitive grants have been awarded to Vermont municipalities and volunteer organizations. The Program's staff is supported by a twenty member council, numerous partners, and seasonal interns and adheres to the tenets outlined in the UCF Working Agreement.

What are Urban and Community Forests in Vermont?

Urban and community forests comprise the trees and associated ecosystems in and around human settlements, specifically those along streets and in town-owned forests, transportation and infrastructure corridors, parks, village greens, school yards, cemeteries, and  private yards.

What is Urban and Community Forestry in Vermont?

Urban and community forestry entails stewarding, cultivating, and managing trees and associated ecosystems to enhance the benefits trees provide, and empowering citizens to work toward these objectives.