Trees and Urban Forestry

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What is Urban Forestry?

Urban forestry is the cultivation and management of trees in and around the places we live -- cities, suburbs, and rural communities -- for their contribution to the environment, community, and economic well-being of society.

The City Arborist works in the Planning Department and administers the Landscaping and Tree Conservation ordinances, as well as other tree-related programs. For more information about the role of the City Arborist, visit the Tree FAQs page or contact the City Arborist at 336-373-2150.

Ordinances and Studies
Landscaping and Tree Conservation Manual (LDO)
Tree Canopy Studies
Landscaping Ordinance, LDO Article 10
Tree Conservation, LDO Article 12-1

Tree Planting and Care Tips
Tree Topping
Tree Care Myths 
Successful Tree Planting 
Tree FAQs 
NeighborWoods Tree Planting Program Information 
NeighborWoods Tree Planting Program Plant Selection Guide

Tree Planting and Awards Programs
National Arbor Day 
Memorial Honor Tree Program  
Greening Greensboro Award Program 
NeighborWoods Tree Planting Program 
Greensboro Beautiful 
Treasure Trees Program

Urban Forestry Resources
Urban Forestry Links

What does an urban forestry program do for Greensboro?

  • Serves as a leader for tree-awareness programs.
  • Provides you with valuable information about tree care, reputable tree care companies, and how to comply with tree ordinances.
  • Trains and supervises City crews or contractors on proper tree-trimming practices.
  • Champions tree planting and preservation of existing trees when developers propose new projects.
  • Evaluates trees on public property and rights-of-way for potential hazards.