Trees have a positive impact on the physical health and well-being of those living in urban communities. Through the Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities Initiative which integrates science, partnerships, and volunteer engagement into creative urban conservation strategies, The Nature Conservancy will provide leadership in efforts to maintain and increase the many benefits trees provide to current and future generations. The Initiative has six strategies:
Partnership-building with Government Agencies, Local and National Organizations: Create new partnerships and enhance current partnerships with various agencies involved in urban forest conservation work in each of the Initiative’s pilot cities: Boston, Chattanooga, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia.
Science-based Urban Forest Health Monitoring and Tree Risk Assessment: Inform current and future tree-planting efforts and assess the vulnerability of local communities to potential canopy loss caused by various factors including tree pests and diseases.
Training and Outreach Material, Application and Tool Development: Provide resources and tools designed for diverse audiences to build capacity among volunteer and professional urban forestry practitioners.
Community-based Volunteer Urban Forest Management: Recruit and train current and future TNC members, local volunteers, and youth to serve as stewards of their community trees through meaningful tree-plantings, stewardship, and tree health monitoring activities.
Youth Empowerment and Leadership Development: Cultivate a new generation of urban forest conservationists by providing rewarding opportunities for personal and professional development through tree-planting, citizen science, and stewardship efforts.
Outreach Campaign: Raise public awareness of the importance of trees and the ways volun-treers can help enhance and secure tree-related benefits for current and future generations.