Urban forest management can help meet urgent needs in Virginia and the US.
Well-selected and well-placed trees and other perennial vegetation can reduce energy consumption and costs from heating and cooling buildings; reduce costs of stormwater engineering and improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay; clean contaminated sites; and capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. However, if not selected and managed properly, trees can interfere with infrastructure.
Trees Virginia (Virginia Urban Forest Council)
Urban and Community Forestry (USDA Forest Service)
“Urban Forestry Issues” (Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication)
“Value, Benefits, and Costs of Urban Trees” (Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication)