Grassroots to Full Bloom

From a Community Initiative in Urban Forestry
to a National Cause


Urban and community forestry is the management of trees and other vegetation in urban areas to provide environmental, social, and economic benefits to communities. It matters because people matter. Trees can produce oxygen, cool our planet, give pollinators a home, create jobs, positively impact crime, and even improve our mental and physical health. Greater access to nature can radically improve people’s lives.


Yet vulnerable populations and under-resourced communities are at a disadvantage because they have significantly less access to green spaces. This project is designed to garner insights and build tools that will support grassroots initiatives to change this inequity. By working together, cities and towns across the country can overcome their unique environmental challenges. To that end, we’re adding community voices to the discussion so they can create a chorus. And this chorus can start a movement.

Urban & Community Forestry

The Multiple Benefits of Trees, Green Spaces, and Nature

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Physical Health

Greater access to trees, green spaces, and nature is associated with reduced risk of chronic health conditions, including heart disease, cancer, and more.

Source: Twohig-Bennett & Jones, 2018

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Mental Health

More interaction with trees, green spaces, and nature is associated with an increased ability to manage and treat stress, anxiety, and depression.

Source: Bratman et al., 2019

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Community Well-Being

Increased nature appreciation and connectedness are associated with more community-oriented and cooperative behavior.

Source: Francis et al., 2012

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Economic & Ecological Resilience

Trees, green spaces, and nature can provide carbon sequestration and increase habitat for birds and other species. It can also provide ecosystem resilience, such as reducing stormwater pollutants and the risk of flooding.

Source: Chen et al., 2022 & Center for Watershed Protection, 2017

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Youth & Education

Increased access to trees, green spaces, and nature is associated with increased emotional regulation and resilience, including anger, stress management, and self-discipline.

Source: Sakhvidi et al., 2023

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