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Welcome to Urban Forestry South

Urban Forestry South and its sister center, InterfaceSouth, are the science delivery centers of the Southern Research Station research work unit SRS-4952: Integrating Human and Natural Systems in Urban and Urbanizing Environments.  They are jointly referred to as the Centers for Urban and Interface Forestry.

Urban Forestry South focuses on technology and information that supports urban forest management, tree health, tree biology, and the measurement of ecosystem benefits derived from trees in urban settings.

We address issues important in the South that have national impact. These include: disaster preparedness, response and recovery, urban forest inventory for long-term monitoring of ecosystem services, green infrastructure design and management at the landscape scale, and the role urban trees play within that green infrastructure framework.

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Recent Updates: Urban Forest Sustainability & Management Review Nov 09, 2015

Since its development at Agnes Scott College in 2014, the urban forest sustainability and management review (UFSMR) system continues to evolve and expand.  Updates have been made to reflect use in Raleigh (NC) and Austin (TX), and at U&CF Coordinator meetings in Mobile (AL) and Charleston (SC).  The most recent versions of documents and tools can be found at these links:

[23Feb17 Austin]


Coastal Green Stormwater Infratructure: Wetlands in Wilmington Oct 27, 2015

NC stormwater managers evaluate wetlands in coastal watersheds.  As reported in the Journal of Environmental Quality, "eight storms [were monitored] and showed that the Wade Park Wetland retained and/or removed 50 to 75% of the inflowing volume of runoff. The average load reduction for fecal coliform bacteria was 99%, with an overall concentration reduction of more than 90%".  Additional studies look at wet detention pollution removal rates.


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Urban Forest Strike Teams - Tree Assessments to Support Communities, Urban Tree Canopy, FEMA Public Assistance, and Debris Management

Presentation at the 2018 ISA Annual International Conference and Trade Show in Columbus, Ohio August 5-8, 2018. Read More...


Urban FIA - Whats in it for Cities and Arborists?

A presentation on Urban FIA at the 2018 ISA Southern Chapter Conference in Memphis. Read More...


Assessing the Impact of NUCFAC-recommended US Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Grants (2010-2015) - White Paper

Twenty-six grants, awarded during years 2010-2015, were assessed for a number of impact indicators. Read More...


Assessing the Impact of Urban and Community Forestry Federal Grants - Final Report

A report on funding that advances research and projects focused on improving the efficiency and quality of urban and community forests is economically, socially, and environmentally imperative. Read More...


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