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 urban forestry strategies and actions such as the Healthy Trees, Healty Cities Tree Health Monitoring and Early Pest Detection Initiative (HTHC), which achieves the following outcomes:

Outcome Area 1: Healthy Urban Forests

1. The health, diversity, and long-term survivability of the urban forest and green infrastructure is maintained or increased as a result of the Conservancy's partnership-driven urban forestry 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 the Conservancy’s engagement with the US Forest Service in designing and promoting a national tree health monitoring protocol.

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 inventories and complementary tree health data gathered through our initiative, which enables urban forest managers 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 the Conservancy's urban forestry community-based volunteer and youth natural resource management efforts in cities nationwide.  

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 the COnservancy's urban forestry related education, outreach, and volunteer opportunities.
2. Community volunteers are inspired and trained to become citizen scientists through HTHC data collection and analysis, as well as other Conservancy urban forestry efforts such as tree-plantings. 
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) and Nature Works Everywhere (NWE). ​​

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