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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

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About the program

Indiana Division of Forestry's Community Urban Forestry Program provides guidance and grants to communities for development and caretaking of urban forests.

An urban tree canopy is part of a community’s infrastructure and creates valuable environmental, economic, and social benefits. Well-managed urban forests pay back nearly three times the cost to plant and maintain them.

Over 80 percent of the urban forest is in our own back yard.  As society becomes more urbanized and sprawls into rural areas, forests, wooded edges, and woodlots in urban areas are an increasingly important resource.

Contact us at:

Division of Forestry
402 W. Washington St.
W296 Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 234-6568


Funds are made available to Indiana communities for public tree inventories and management planning, tree planting, education and outreach materials, and other related projects depending of funding source priorities. Learn more about grants.

Indiana Tree Stewards

The Indiana Community Tree Steward Program is offered three times a year throughout the state. Participants learn about the basics of urban tree care and how to communicate the benefits of urban trees. Attendees are asked to then use their skills by volunteering 15 hours of service to local communities to improve or maintain the urban forest.


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Tree City USA & Other National Arbor Day Foundation Programs

The Community & Urban Forestry program assists with the Tree City USA program. To achieve such status, communities must meet the following minimum standards:

  1. Have or pass a public tree care ordinance.
  2. Appoint a tree board and city department to manage the tree care program.
  3. Spend a minimum of $2 per capita.
  4. Have an Arbor Day proclamation and hold an Arbor Day event.

National Arbor Day Foundation Programs also include Tree Campus USA and Tree Line USA

National NeighborWoods Month

National NeighborWoods Month is an annual celebration of trees in our communities. Each October, tens of thousands of volunteers take action to make their communities greener and healthier by planting trees, turning neighborhoods into vibrant, livable NeighborWoods. For 2014, Community & Urban Forestry is offering free landscape quality trees to those communities interested in planting.