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
Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) is November's tree of the month. This species is historically one of the most prevalent and economically important species across the state of Florida and all of the Southeastern United States. These trees were often used for turpentine harvesting, used in the textile industry, as well as providing the lumber needed to build the societies we have today. This species is very important for Florida's wildlife, providing habitat for endangered red cockaded woodpeckers, gopher tortoises, and the Eastern Indigo Snake. Now, the species is declining in prevalence, as it has often been replaced by other common species of Slash and Loblolly pine. Now, Longleaf pine is considered endangered under IUCN classifications. This month we chose to highlight this species as one of the great Florida pines that keep their foliage all winter. As seen in this picture though, pines are not free from dropping some of their foliage, and many around town will be acting just like the tree pictured, dropping their interior and oldest needles to make room for the new growth.
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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.
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Justin graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources and Conservation and a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Ecology. He spent several years on research projects studying traits of tree species in the Eastern U.S. After graduating he worked for Pinellas County Building and Development Review Services, helping administer the landscape code and ordinances. Justin is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist. With the tree plantings of this department he hopes to balance the short term benefits and long term benefits of trees so that all an enjoy.
Todd Little - Full Bio
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.