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Urban and community forestry

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Urban and community forestry

Trees help communities thrive

The Urban and Community Forestry Program brings the benefits of trees to Michigan communities through planning and partnership. We assist with forest management activities, community policy development and education. The program is funded through the USDA Forest Service and is advised by a volunteer council that promotes conservation and maintenance of urban forests.

UCF Program contact:
Program Manager Kevin Sayers
Program Urban Forester Lawrence Sobson
Program Grant Specialist, Kerry Gray 

Learn about the Michigan Urban and Community Forestry Council

Urban forest facts

Learn why community trees are essential

USDA tree owner's manual

Tips on how to plant, grow and care for trees

Mi Trees: Plant it forward!

Read our tree-planting pledge and learn to plant a tree

Annual UCF report

UCF program highlights and accomplishments

Grant opportunities

Get assistance for tree planting, urban forest inventories, management plans and more.


A group of volunteers plants a tree in a neighborhood

Community Forestry Grants

We are accepting grant applications through September 20 for the Community Forestry Grant (CFG) program. 

CFG Application

CFG Handbook

Grant webinar August 1

Community Forestry Grants Overview
A blooming apple tree planted in an urban setting near the water

DTE Energy Foundation tree planting grants

Increase the number of properly planted and maintained trees within DTE Energy's service territory. Next application opportunity - fall 2024. 

Volunteers plant saplings in Rouge Park.

UCF IRA Grants

We are accepting grant applications through Aug. 31 for the second round of the Urban and Community Forestry Inflation Reduction Act (UCF IRA) Grant program.


Tree City USA program

The Arbor Day Foundation's Tree USA family of programs has been greening cities and towns across America since 1976. It's a nationwide movement that provides a framework for communities to manage and expand their public trees. 

Every year, thousands of cities, campuses and utilities are recognized for their commitment to quality tree care and sustainable urban forest management.

Watch a short video on the Tree City USA program

Arbor Day: A celebration of trees!

Arbor Day 2024 will be Friday, April 26.

Arbor Day is a holiday dedicated to celebrating all the good things trees provide. It's annually held on the last Friday in April. 

Plan an Arbor Day celebration or join in!

Expert tree care for municipalities

Find an ASCA consulting arborist

Work with a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists

Find an urban forestry consultant

Find an ISA-Michigan certified consulting arborist

Expert tree care for homeowners

Find a TCIA-accredited landscaping company

Work with a company accredited with the Tree Care Industry Association

Find an ISA -Michigan arborist

Use the find-an-arborist tool to find a member on the ISA-Michigan business directory

Email updates

Subscribe to Urban Forestry email updates to receive grant information, announcements, resources, webinars, events, jobs and related news. E-news shared weekly with other updates provided periodically. 

Read recent issues of the DNR Urban and Community Forestry Newsletter. For older issues, please contact Rachel Coale