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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.

The tree of the month for January, as well as being the start of a new decade, highlights a special planting project by our Jacksonville Urban Forestry Team. Jean Sagin Montney, known as The Lady of the Trees and recognized by Jacksonville city mayor Hans Tanzler in 1972 for her philanthropic efforts in beautifying the city of Jacksonville through tree plantings turned 90 years old today! Unfortunately the cedar tree planted in her honor 48 years ago died. We planted a large 7” Florida Fancy B&B live oak to replace the large cedar we had to take down. The story doesn’t stop there however; a local woodworker has salvaged the cedar wood from the original memorial tree and will be upcycling this wood to make a very special gift for Mrs. Montney. It was our honor, as the urban foresters for the City of Jacksonville, to plant this tree for this truly remarkable woman and celebrate her 90th birthday with her. Come see this new planting at the roundabout in front of the MOSH in San Marco.
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New Guide to The City of Jacksonville's 630-CITY Tree Planting Program
The Urban Forestry team has created and released a guide regarding all information the public might need about the new 630-CITY Tree planting program where citizens can request the city to come out and plant a free tree in the City right of Way.
The City of Jacksonville and Groundwork Jacksonville Awarded 2019 TD Green Space Grant
The City of Jacksonville partnered along with Groundwork Jacksonville have been awarded the 2019 TD Green Space Grant for the Biodiversity Corridor project along Jacksonville's S-Line.
TD Arbor Day Green Space Ceremony
Join the Urban Foresters of the City of Jacksonville and local non-profit organization Groundwork Jacksonville for the tree planting and herb and spice garden planting out at the Biodiversity Corridor at the S-Line!
National Arbor Day 2020
National Arbor Day 2020 April 24, 2020
National Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year based on best tree planting times in their area.
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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
"To exist as a nation, to prosper as a state, to live as a people, we must have trees." - Theodore Roosevelt