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The Urban Forestry Program at the City of Jacksonville strives to provide the community with a healthy urban forest. Urban Forestry is the practice of managing single trees, tree populations, and all associated vegetation making up the crucial portion of a city’s green infrastructure. Just as engineers and city planners manage the roads and bridges in your community, your Urban Foresters and City Arborists manage the trees in the City of Jacksonville. The Urban Forestry Team achieves these goals by maintaining the tree canopy in a city, planting new trees, conducting research, and working with the local community in order to maximize the benefits that the City receives from our urban forest. These benefits include reducing urban heat island effect, reducing stormwater runoff, filtering the air we breathe, providing wildlife habitat, and much more.

TREE OF THE MONTH
June's tree of the month is the American Elm, Ulmus americana, a native shade tree that once dominated the urban canopy of streets in cities of the Northeast United States. The American Elm was utilized in the urban canopy due to its beautiful shape and size. In the 1920's a disease named dutch elm disease was brought to the United States that devastated mature populations of this tree in cities across the Northeast. It has been estimated to have killed over 40 million mature trees since its introduction and is a heavily monitored disease and is vectored through the elm bark beetle. This valuable tree species is now being planted in Jacksonville with a heat tolerant species that is being utilized by the urban forestry team to bring some large native canopy to our city. It offers a variety of urban benefits as well has a multitude of wildlife and ecosystem benefits.
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Request your 630-CITY trees today!
If you have space on the City right of way and would like the City of Jacksonville to plant new trees please call 630-CITY or request through the online portal and our urban foresters will reach out to you.
Jacksonville awarded two accolades from Florida Urban Forestry Council
The City of Jacksonville's Urban Forestry Program was awarded the Outstanding Professional Award for Richard Leon, Jacksonville's Urban Forestry Manager, as well as the Outstanding Project for the 630-CITY Tree Planting Project.
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Richard Leon - Full BioRichard Leon - Full Bio
Urban Forestry Manager
“The most rewarding part of my job is enhancing the environment as well as the quality of life for the residents of Duval County by incorporating the natural world into the man-built world through proper urban forest management and planning.”
Dalton Smith - Full BioDalton Smith - Full Bio
Urban Forester
"Just as a forest is comprised of many different trees to thrive, our urban forestry team brings together multiple disciplines in order to create a knowledgeable team and healthy urban forest."
Kathleen McGovern - Full BioKathleen McGovern - Full Bio
City Arborist
"Reversing deforestation is complicated; planting a tree is simple." – Martin O’Malley
Todd Little - Full BioTodd Little - Full Bio
Associate Urban Forester
As an urban forester, my job is to help the people of our city understand the significant benefits trees provide to us while also giving the trees a chance to provide these benefits. My goal is to help people understand that street trees are not a "nice thing to have" but instead a necessity to the lives of us humans, as well as those plants and animals that we share this urban ecosystem with.
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