Community Forestry Organizations

Technical and general information on trees and their care for professionals and tree owners is readily available from several well-established and reliable community forestry organizations.


The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization that provides programs to make the world a greener and healthier place.  Their website,, provides several resources for communities working on their tree ordinances:

  • Sample City Tree Ordinance, in PDF format (click here to download)
  • Tree City USA program, includes standards for adoption of a tree ordinance
  • TCUSA Bulletin #9, How to Write a Municipal Tree Ordinance, available for purchase
  • TCUSA Bulletin #31, Tree Protection Ordinances, available for purchase


The GFC website at offers information on many community forest management topics and on assistance opportunities for your community.  On their website, under the Community Forests tab, you can learn more about:

  • The Sustainable Community Forestry Program and how to contact the SCFP staff
  • Tree Benefits
  • Tree Care
  • Trees & Storm Safety
  • Ask the Arborist
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Planning & Policy
  • Getting Professional Assistance from certified arborists and city/county arborists
  • Georgia Arbor Day
  • Community Forestry Assistance
  • Making the Shade Program
  • Tree City USA, Tree Campus USA, and Tree Line USA Programs


The Georgia Urban Forest Council provides educational programs on a wide variety of community forest management topics.  Visit their website at to explore the many educational resources and opportunities they offer.


The International Society of Arboriculture is a professional organization whose mission is:

Through research, technology, and education, the International Society of Arboriculture promotes the professional practice of arboriculture and fosters a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees.

ISA provides a multitude of educational opportunities in a variety of formats for tree owners, arborists, tree climbers, ISA members, planners and developers.  They regularly update and publish standards and best management practices for tree care.  They hold an annual international educational conference and support workshops throughout all regions of the US.

ISA maintains 3 different websites:

  • is the primary website for information about ISA membership, certification programs, and educational resources, including the ISA Store where you can purchase educational materials and promotional products
  • is a user friendly website designed for the tree owner and provides reliable information on tree benefits and proper tree care
  • provides support to tree climbers and information and education on tree climbing safety, techniques, equipment and the International Tree Climbing Championship


The U.S. Forest Service, operating within the United States Department of Agriculture, addresses urban trees in addition to national forests, grasslands, fire management, private lands, wilderness, and other forest-related natural resources.

The Forest Service has a wealth of information on their urban forests webpage on the extent, value and status of urban forests across the country.

The Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) program works with state forestry agencies to provide technical, financial, research and educational services to local governments, nonprofit organizations, community groups, educational institutions, and tribal governments.

The UCF program operates out of 9 regions across the U.S.  Georgia is in the Southern Region, which maintains an Urban Forestry South website that “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.”