Urban and Community Forestry

The urban forest contains all the trees and vegetation in a community with all the same functions, interactions and interdependence of components of a native forest. The urban forest is, in fact, an ecosystem.  All the plants on all private and public property, animals, streets, sidewalks, utilities, building, soil, water, and most importantly, people are part of the urban forest. Urban forests primarily provide services rather than goods and are managed for social values in addition to economic, environmental, and ecological benefits. Trees growing on private lands compose the majority of the urban forests.

Urban Forestry Programs

The Nevada Division of Forestry Urban and Community Forestry provides technical assistance to communities around the state including tree selection and tree care programs, assistance with Arbor Day and Tree City USA activities, community forestry inventory, management and planning, and assistance with the development of tree boards and ordinances.

Urban Forest Training

Know of anybody in Nevada who could use leadership in urban forestry training?  Here’s a grant to get you there!

This grant covers all expenses. Grant match is time to attend. Check it out here: Urban Forest Training 

2019 Municipal Forestry Institute application.


Cayenne Engel
Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator
4747 Vegas Dr.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89108
702-486-5123 ext. 228
Email: cengel@forestry.nv.gov


Urban and Community Forestry Program Grants – CLOSED

This program provides funding to local governments, educational institutions, Native –American tribal governments and non-profit groups for urban forestry projects. It is being offered to encourage Nevada cities, towns and counties to create urban forestry programs based on a vision that recognizes the value of trees within a community. Proposed programs that foster partnerships reflecting the ongoing effort to provide healthy, safe and livable neighborhoods are highly encouraged. This grant program is part of Nevada’s ongoing initiative to provide funding for urban tree inventory and analysis, management planning, urban forestry awareness, education and outreach projects, and new urban tree plantings.

All qualifying applications will be evaluated and ranked for approval before being awarded. Grant applications are open, and are awarded on an open and continuing basis. 

2018.2019 Urban Forestry Grant Application


Mike Vollmer
Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator
2478 Fairview Dr.
Carson City, NV 89701
Office: 775-684-2530
Fax: 775-684-2570


Additional Resources:

ReLeaf Reno  ReLeaf Reno is a new City-sponsored program designed to preserve and expand Reno’s urban forest. Their goal is to preserve the health of existing trees and expand Reno’s tree canopy.

 Nevada Shade Tree Council  The Nevada Shade Tree Council promotes and increases awareness of proper tree planting and care across the state of Nevada and provides leadership and training in the field of arboriculture.

The Urban Forest- more than just trees Best Management Practices Guide for Urban Trees in Southern Nevada, Cleaner Air, Tree by Tree

Home Landscaping Guide for Lake Tahoe and Vicinity Complete guide to landscape design, drip irrigation systems, designing for defensible space, TRPA recommended Plant list, soils, fertilizer, and the control of weeds and garden pests.

Nevada Cooperative Extension Click the ‘Horticulture’ link to more than 200 publications on gardening, regional plant lists, weed and pest control, and other plant related topics.

Choosing the Right Plants – for Northern Nevada’s High Fire Hazard Areas A complete plant list and guide to choosing “firewise” landscaping plant.

Trees are Good An educational site sponsored by ISA that provides quality tree care information, Fun Facts, press releases and assistance finding a tree care service.

Nevada demonstration gardens/ arboreta and sources of sources of plant related education.

International Society of Arboriculture ISA Publications and activities.

Arbor Day Foundation -Publications, conference calendar, Tree City USA, Arbor Day Poster Contest and other Arbor Day Programs.

Tree Link Check out the links this community forestry resource site offers for educational handouts to all other state forestry sites and other national programs.

Trees for Tomorrow, a Southern Nevada Guide to Tree Selection and Care A guide to help homeowners select and successfully establish trees. The trees listed in the guide are tolerant of heat, cold and wind, moderately fast growing, adapted local soil conditions, provide good shade, are water efficient, and low-maintenance.

The Science of Composting  A guide to composting for plant care and landscaping.

Posted on the Southern Nevada Arborists Group (SNAG) website that also has posted numerous handouts on tree care.  The Southern Nevada Arborist Group (SNAG) meets the third Friday of every month to promote proper selection, planting, care and maintenance of trees of all types. 

What tree is that? – Tree ID guide for smart phones

Truckee Meadow Community Tree Coalition To learn how to properly plant and care for trees, visit the Truckee Meadow Community Tree Coalition website. This site is filled with links to a guide to trees species in the Truckee Meadows, and instructions on tree care and planting. Great site for homeowners, landscape and nursery professionals.

The Grove is a social network for sharing tree-planting experiences and knowledge that will encourage others to create thriving community and urban forests.  Although Nevada is fairly new to The Grove, we are very enthusiastic and looking for new members.  Please click on the link to learn more about The Grove and feel free to join us!


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