Effective Community Involvement in Urban Forestry Programs

Michael R. Kuhns, Utah State University
G. Ferenz
D. J. Blahna


Community involvement in urban forestry often is viewed as simply enlisting volunteers to supply labor for planting or restoration projects. Such activity is a narrow interpretation of what community involvement should be. Community involvement must include residents who will be impacted by a project, involve them early and throughout the process, and ensure some citizen control over the process. Educational efforts should be considered as two way; urban natural resource professionals may have as much to learn and as great a need to change perspectives as the community impacted by a project.