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.