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Tree Tools: urban forestry guides

This toolkit of resource guides called Tree Tools offers concrete, practical information, advice, and guidance for communities to use in improving their urban forestry programs. Tree Tools, developed by the Community Trees Program of The Morton Arboretum, provide background information, examples, suggestions for implementation, and ways to get more help or deepen your knowledge.

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Tree Management Plans (7 pages) How and why to set up a plan to manage the trees in your community's urban or suburban forest.
PDF iconTree Tools - Tree Management Plans (PDF)

Tree Ordinances (6 pages) How and why to develop local ordinances governing your community's trees.
PDF iconTree Tools - Ordinances (PDF) 


Volunteers & Your Community (9 pages) How to develop a program and utilize volunteers in your urban forestry program.

PDF iconVolunteers & Your Community (PDF)


Check back often; we plan to add more topics regularly.

The Community Trees Program has many more resources to help local governments, nonprofits, and community members plant and care for trees. LEARN MORE