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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.

June's Tree of the Month the White Ash, Fraxinus americana, is a native tree to north American and can be found in Jacksonville. It can be a very large shade tree where planted and great for open spaces as its foliage is deciduous and can bring great fall color to a landscape. Being in Jacksonville, this is the southernmost range for this tree's natural habitat so this tree might be harder to come by locally, but some specimens can be found around the area. White ash can be easily identified by its furrowed, diamond pattern bark and leaf arrangement. It has wildlife value, and the wood has traditionally been used for baseball bats and tools as it has very valuable wood properties. Unfortunately, a lot of the ash species in North American has been compromised by the invasive pest called Emerald Ash Borer. This insect has devastated the native ash tree populations across the county but has not been a problem in Florida yet. This tree can be found at Camp Milton where it had been planted as part of the American Heritage Tree Program. Go and visit to see this beautiful tree in person. 
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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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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."
Todd Little - Full BioTodd Little - Full Bio
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.