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Urban Forest Resources

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
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.

Utility Arborists Association (UAA)
The Utility Arborist Association is an organization of nearly 3,000 individuals with interest in and a commitment to the maintenance of trees and other vegetation. The primary goal is to ensure the safe and reliable distribution of energy, including electric, oil, and gas, to businesses and residences.

Spokane County Conservation District (SCCD)
The Spokane County Conservation District works in partnership with individuals, landowners, businesses and government to protect water resources, expand options for agricultural production, promote sustainable forestry practices, promote energy conservation, and protect wildlife habitat throughout the urban and rural areas of the Spokane region.

Cities located in Avista's Service Territory with Urban Forestry Links

National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council
Our urban and community trees and forests are vital parts of America’s infrastructure and essential to the well-being of our individual human health and welfare. Through the use of a property designed, high quality planting and maintenance program, our communities will benefit from cooler summer air, warmer homes in the winter, cleaner air and water, quieter streets, peaceful neighborhoods, healthy and productive local economies, and overall improved and expended urban environments for all Americans.

US Forest Service – Urban Forestry
The Forest Service was established in 1905 and is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands, which encompass 193 million acres

Green Infrastructure
The Conservation Fund’s Strategic Conservation Program uses a green infrastructure approach — simultaneously focusing on the best lands to conserve and the best lands to accommodate development — to help communities balance environmental and economic goals through strategies that lead to smarter, sustainable land uses. Every community is unique, with varying natural resources and needs. The Conservation Fund draws from its strategic conservation toolkit to help city and county planners, regional and watershed organizations, natural resource agencies and nonprofits design comprehensive and customized strategies that balance land protection and development.

University of Washington Human Dimensions of Urban and Community Forestry
Research on peoples’ perceptions and behaviors regarding nature in cities

Tree / plant information websites

TreeLink 
TreeLink provides the knowledge and local TreeBanks offer a proactive way for anyone to act on their green intentions and support local community trees. Dollar for dollar, there is no better investment in the local environment.

The National Arbor Day Foundation
Inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

WSU Master Gardener’s Association
The WSU Extension Master Gardener Program trains volunteers to be community educators by providing science-based information on horticulture and environmentally sound gardening practices.

Washington Native Plant society
The Washington Native Plant Society is a forum for individuals who share a common interest in Washington’s unique and diverse plant life. For more than 30 years the WNPS has been a great source for native plant information and action.

Other tree organizations

Alliance for Community Trees
Join our vital coalition of organizations dedicated to the same cause - restoring community forests for the benefit of all people. ACT is the only national organization solely focused on the needs of nonprofit and community organizations engaged in urban forest protection. Our work is improving the environment where 86% of Americans live: our cities, towns, and villages. Together, ACT's national network of members have planted and cared for 7.8 million trees with help from 450,000 volunteers

American Forests
American Forests works to protect, restore and enhance the natural capital of trees and forests. Healthy forests filter water, remove air pollution, sequester carbon, and provide homes for wildlife. Help plant trees to restore areas damaged by wildfire, where critical wildlife habitat has been lost, and to clean our air and water

Plant Amnesty
Promotes awareness and respect for plants, encourages proper pruning techniques, alert and educate the public, improve landscape management practices, volunteer in communities, and provide free referral/reference service.

Plant it 2020
Plant-It 2020 is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit foundation dedicated to properly planting, maintaining and protecting as many indigenous trees as possible worldwide.

American Forest Foundation
The American Forest Foundation is committed to creating a future where North American forests are sustained by a public which understands and values the social, economic, and environmental benefits they provide to our communities, our nation and the world.

Governmental websites

Firewise
The national Firewise Communities program is a multi-agency effort designed to reach beyond the fire service by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, and others in the effort to protect people, property, and natural resources from the risk of wild land fire – before a fire starts. The Firewise Communities approach emphasizes community responsibility for planning in the design of a safe community as well as effective emergency response, and individual responsibility for safer home construction and design, landscaping and maintenance.

Washington Department of Natural Resources
This is where the business of forestry meets the science of trees, bugs, fungi, fire, water, and more. If you want to learn about forest ecosystems, we develop information about all types of forests that we manage – from rainforests on the Olympic Peninsula, to moderate Puget lowlands, to pine-dominated forests of eastern Washington. Our scientists carry out research and monitoring. Whether you are interested in healthy tree growth, diseases or pests that affect trees, or how we can create older forest conditions next to streams, lakes, and rivers, this is the place.

Professional organizations

American Society of Consulting Arborists
Trees in our developed environment present a challenge, requiring careful planning and vigilant maintenance. The shared public trust of governments, businesses and homeowners is to ensure that tree plantings grow, thrive and remain safe. When a problem occurs—if a tree causes damage or becomes a public safety hazard—a source for advice and mediation is often needed. This is the role of the Consulting Arborist: to bring a comprehensive, objective viewpoint to the diagnosis, appraisal and evaluation of arboricultural issues.

American Society of Landscape Architects
The Society's mission is to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.

Tree Care Industry Association
The Tree Care Industry Association is dedicated to help consumers learn more about proper tree care and hiring reputable tree care companies who use proper tree care techniques.  Learning more about caring for trees will help you select a professional tree care company in your area. Consumers will have practical and viable means to identify qualified tree care companies that are credentialed and trustworthy in their business, arboriculture, safety standards and practices.

Washington State Nursery and landscape Association
The Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association is a not-for-profit statewide trade organization. Because we are the only organization in Washington State which represents all facets of the “green industry,” our membership includes grower and retail nurseries, landscape services (from design through maintenance), educators, students, garden writers, and individual professionals within the industry.

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
The International Society of Arboriculture is a worldwide professional organization dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation for trees and to promoting research, technology, and the professional practice of arboriculture.

Pacific Northwest Chapter of the ISA
The PNW-ISA is a professional affiliation of arborists and urban foresters in the Pacific Northwest.

Miscellaneous websites

Trees are good
An educational website that provides the general public with quality tree care information.

American Forests
Provide action opportunities to audiences to enable them to improve their environment with trees. We do this by using the best science to identify conservation issues, then develop and market practical solutions that individuals and groups can apply. American Forests' targeted audiences are individuals, community groups, government at all levels, educators, and businesses.

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