NDUCFA, in partnership with the North Dakota Forest Service (NDFS), was awarded a three-year Western Forestry Leadership Coalition FY 2017 Landscape Scale Restoration Competitive Grant from the USDA Forest Service in the summer of 2017.
To enhance the health and resiliency of North Dakota’s community forests, NDUCFA and NDFS, along with its partners, will make city tree inventories accessible via a web-based planning tool with training and coaching for users, establish a community forestry technical assistance team, and implement a city-to-city mentor program. This project will enhance tree stewardship in small and midsize cities and promote the valuable benefits of community forests in North Dakota to decision makers and the public.
- North Dakota Community Tree Inventory/Planning Tool (ND TIP Tool) – The online ND TIP Tool is available for use free of charge through September 2020 to North Dakota Community Threat Assessment Protocol (CTAP) cities. The ND TIP Tool provides cities useful information about their trees, so they can make the best decisions about managing their forests to maximize benefits communitywide. LEARN MORE.
- NDUCFA Technical Assistance Team (NDUCFA TA Team) – To support CTAP cities in utilizing the ND TIP Tool, a TA Team of NDUCFA members is available to provide technical assistance for tree planning, budgeting, work scheduling, grant writing, event planning, public education and other activities that support healthy and diverse community forests. LEARN MORE.
- City-to-City Tree City USA Mentor Program (TCUSA Mentor Program) – To increase the number of TCUSA communities in North Dakota, the TCUSA Mentor Program pairs current Tree City USA cities as mentors with cities interested in achieving TCUSA status. LEARN MORE.
Trees are a valuable part of a community’s infrastructure and provide benefits throughout their entire lifetime. The benefits of trees are numerous: saving energy costs, reducing stormwater runoff, removing air pollution, providing health benefits, and lowering violence and crime. In fact, trees are the only component of a community’s infrastructure that increase in value over time.
Good forest stewardship maximizes the tree value and minimizes tree conflicts. This project is designed to increase species diversity and mitigate potential impacts of invasive species, resulting in healthier and more resilient community forests that are recognized for their valuable environmental, social and economic benefits by decision makers and the public.
The required match for the project grant funds will be met with the in-kind time of project participants. Anyone utilizing the ND TIP Tool, requesting assistance from the TA Team or participating in the TCUSA Mentor Program is asked to log his or her grant activity hours each month in this easy-to-use online form: LOG GRANT ACTIVITY HOURS.
- North Dakota Forest Service (NDFS)
- North Dakota Urban and Community Forestry Association (NDUCFA)
- Community Threat Assessment Protocol City Tree Boards (CTAP)
- North Dakota State University Extension (NDSU-EXT)
- Municipal Foresters
- Tree City USA Communities (TCUSA)
- North Dakota League of Cities (NDLC)
- North Dakota Nursery, Greenhouse and Landscape Association (NDNGLA)
- North Dakota Recreation and Park Association (NDRPA)
This project is made possible through a grant from the USDA Forest Service.
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