Homeowners and Communities

The Trees Where You Live

Take a look outside -- at the trees in your yard, along your city streets, or in parks and natural areas within your city or town. This array of trees and related vegetation, home to squirrels and sparrows but often interspersed with buildings and roads, composes an urban forest. An urban forest is a mosaic of the planted landscape and the native forest remnants left behind as our cities developed; it is the forest where we live.
In the United States, eighty percent (80%) of the population lives within the incorporated boundaries of a city or town. This suggests that close to 80 percent of Americans live in an "urban forest." No matter what we call it, it is the forest where we live.

Help for Communities

The Oregon Department of Forestry has an Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program that provides technical assistance to Oregon cities and non-profit organizations. You can learn more about this program at http://www.oregon.gov/odf/urbanforests/Pages/index.aspx

Help for Homeowners

There is a great deal of information available online about how to care for the trees in your yard and your neighborhood. Visit the OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Program page on Urban and Yard Trees at http://extensionweb.forestry.oregonstate.edu/urban-and-yard-trees

Wildfire Emergency Preparedness

Increasing numbers of people are making their homes in woodland settings, rural areas, or remote mountain sites. These residents face the danger of wildfires. Wildfires often begin unnoticed, however they spread very quickly. Reduce your risk by preparing now - before wildfire strikes. Meet with your family to decide what to do and where to go if wildfires threaten your area. For more information on how you can prepare visit the Forestry and Natural Resources Extension's Fire Program website.