Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toolbox

Tool Details

The Sustainable Urban Forest - A Step-by-Step Approach

Author Leff, M.
Year of publication 2016
Increasingly, cities and communities of all sizes recognize the importance of their tree cover and the need for plans to manage that natural resource. Far fewer actually have such plans in place, and where they do exist, many of those plans fall short in one way or another. This guide is designed primarily to help municipalities assess the state of their urban forest, identify management concerns, and chart a path forward, step by step, toward long-term sustainability. It presents a scalable approach that can be adapted by any “community” that seeks to pursue a similar path in its realm of responsibility. This could include a county, city, park district, conservation district, university or corporate campus, homeowner association, or any other such entities.
Type of Tool
Guidelines, manual, kits for trainers
Scale of Application
Forest Management Unit
Forest Type
All forest types (natural and planted)
Primary Designated Function
Management Responsibility