What is an Urban Forest Council?

State urban forest councils are nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations or advisory boards for state forestry agencies nationwide. Some councils are membership organizations that offer educational programs and resources, while others are advisory organizations only.

Per the program guidance for the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program, established by Section 9, Urban and Community Forestry Assistance, of the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act (CFAA) of 1978 (PL 95-313), as amended by PL 101-6241, each State shall have an appropriately broad-based UCF Council that consists of governmental agencies, industry, academic institutions, nonprofit and community-based organizations, and grassroots volunteers concerned with urban and community forestry, and reflects diverse public participation. States are encouraged to utilize the State Council to expand delivery of the state program, leverage external resources, grow public-private partnerships, and build a vibrant statewide constituency empowered to promote urban forestry statewide. The State Council is, at minimium, required to advise and/or assist the State Forester in the development of program emphasis, priorities and implementation, and periodic review and revision of the 5 Year State Strategic Plan/ State Forest Action Plan.