How to Grow a Great Tree Board
Tree City USA Bulletin #54—Sources for More Information
The following publications are available from the Arbor Day Foundation.
Urban & Community Forestry—A Practical Guide to Sustainability by James R. Fazio
A comprehensive guide to action in any community where trees are valued—or should be. Emphasis is on working in partnership with others both internally on a tree board and externally with people ranging from politicians to under-represented populations.
How to Work with Volunteers—Effectively by James R. Fazio
This is Tree City USA Bulletin No. 36. Other bulletins also provide helpful information. The entire set of bulletins, in 3-ring binders, makes a great reference library for tree boards.
Here are a few online sources that can help strengthen any tree board:
- Iowa’s Trees Forever web site contains numerous downloadable publications.
- The Georgia Forestry Commission provides an outline of duties for the officers of tree boards. These may be helpful in creating job descriptions as described in Bulletin 54.
- Some tree boards are strictly advisory and some actually are responsible for the tree work that gets done in their communities. A web publication from Penn State University provides an outline for annual work planning for the latter (PDF, 56.7 KB). Parts of the list are helpful to any tree board.
- The International Society of Arboriculture is an excellent source of education material. This site also lists training opportunities.
Tree City USA Standards
Tree boards or a tree department is one of the four requirements for a community to achieve the Tree City USA award.
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