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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
The tree of the month of June is the Olive tree, Olea europaea. Mostly thought of as a Mediterranean species that produces the common olive fruits that are edible, this unique species is being planted by our Urban Forestry team here in Jacksonville. There has been successfully grown as crops recently to produce the fruit. These olive trees have promising use in our urban landscape being very beautiful, slower growing evergreen trees. They have silvery green leaves and light colored bark. They produce white flowers in late spring and will produce the edible olive fruit and attract wildlife. It has seen to be very hardy and slower growing in our landscape, the Urban Forestry team is excited to see how we can incorporate these stunning trees into our urban forests.
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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.
New 630-CITY Program Advertisement
Check out this new video advertising our 630-CITY tree planting program! Once you watch the video, you can submit a request to have a free tree planted within your right of way.
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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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