Creating a Culture of Stewardship ​

The Conservancy will work in partnership with federal, state, and municipal governments as well as non-profit organizations to implement the Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities Initiative and achieve the following outcomes in each of three areas:

Outcome Area 1: Healthy Urban Forests

1. The health, diversity, and long-term survivability of the urban forest and green infrastructure is maintained or increase as a result of HTHC strategies and actions. 
2. The negative ecological and economic impact of non-native forest insects and diseases on existing urban trees as well as on surrounding natural forests is reduced through HTHC early pest detection education and outreach. 
3. Municipal, state, and federal urban forest managers and affiliates understand the overall composition and health of municipal urban forests through HTHC’s engagement with the US Forest Service in designing and promoting a national tree health monitoring protocol. Please review our Continental Dialogue page to learn about the Conservancy's work in coordinating this important initiative to mitigate non-native forest pests and diseases:

Outcome Area 2: Protection of Municipal Green Infrastructure Investments

1. Municipal urban forest managers and affiliates understand the value of ecosystem services provided by urban trees through HTHC support of local tree inventories which enables these individuals to advocate for urban forests. 
2. Investments in municipal urban forest-related green infrastructure, especially through large-scale tree-planting programs, are maximized as a result of HTHC supported community (volunteers and youth) natural resource management of these trees and forests.  

Outcome Area 3: An Empowered Community Caring for Their Trees and Forests

1. The capacity of community volunteers to plant, adopt, and steward community trees increases as a result of HTHC education, outreach, and volunteer opportunities.
2. Community volunteers are inspired and trained to become citizen scientists through HTHC engagement in research projects. 
3. Urban youth (middle-school through college-aged) are given meaningful opportunities to develop leadership and professional skills along a conservation career ladder while affecting positive conservation outcomes through two of the Conservancy’s Youth Engagement Initiatives: Leaders for Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) andNature Works Everywhere (NWE). ​​