Importance of Trees

Community forests include boulevard trees, trees planted within city parks and trees that naturally occur within city limits or public right-of-ways. The management of such tree resources may fall under the responsibility of city foresters, public works departments and/or community tree boards. The community forest also includes trees that are planted on private or commercial properties.

As a whole, these tree resources comprise the community forest and provide many benefits to the community‘s residents, including reduced winter heating and summer cooling costs, wind and snow protection, beautification, recreational opportunities and enhanced quality of life.

History

The North Dakota Urban and Community Forestry Association (NDUCFA) was established as a North Dakota nonprofit corporation in March 1985 by city foresters, primarily in response to the need to institutionalize urban forestry in response to Dutch Elm disease. The membership association received its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS in August 2010.

Mission

To increase awareness of the importance of community forestry and to enhance the professionalism of tree care in North Dakota.

Vision

To be a national leader and premier resource for community forestry and tree care.

Goals
  • Promote high ethical standards in the practice of arboriculture.
  • Advocate for sound policies and programs conducive to community forestry.
  • Support public education to develop greater awareness of proper tree care and the value of the community forest.
  • Establish a recognized voice for community forestry through association leadership and development activities.