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[TN] Tennessee Urban Forestry Program Plan for 2003-2008

"Approximately 27% of Tennessee's 5.7 million people live in its 4 largest cities. 41% live in the 25 largest cities, and 52% of its people live in incorporated communities 5000 population and larger. Urban Forestry impacts people where they live.

"Anecdotal information indicates that urban forestry has been practiced in Tennessee cities and towns for over 100 years. Within the last 25 years, the Federal Government, the State of Tennessee, and cities and communities have initiated urban forestry programs.

"In the late 70's, Norris became Tennessee's first Tree City USA, and the USDA Forest Service began limited funding for states to establish urban forestry programs. In the 80's, over a dozen communities followed Norris' lead and became Tree City USA's, and the State of Tennessee launched its urban forestry program. In the 90's, the USDA Forest Service greatly expanded its funding of urban forestry, the Tennessee Urban Council was formed, the state expanded its role and programs, and more cities became Tree City USA and began to hire urban or city foresters.

"Today, urban forestry seeks to emphasize the important role trees play in communities: from the many intangible benefits to the economic benefits of air pollution abatement, heat island mitigation, and storm water runoff reduction. To attain these benefits, urban foresters, tree boards, and non-profit organizations at local, state and federal levels seek to influence and educate leaders and the general public." [Introduction]

B. Webster (Editor)
Date Published
Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division
Nashville, TN (US)
Planning, State Forestry Agency (Role of), Urban Forest Council
Strategic plan, Five year plan
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