Communities and Landscapes of the Urban Northeast

Communities and Landscapes of the Urban Northeast


    Image of USDA Forest Service Urban Research Locations mapThe Urban Northeast Unit has anchored or supported the development of each of the tools in the Urban Field Station Starter Kit.

    In particular, the Urban Northeast Unit founded and/or plays a lead role advancing/implementing:

    The Urban Tree Canopy (UTC)

    This suite of tools consists of a high-resolution mapping methodology that integrates green and gray land cover data and parcel data with critical social, economic, and environmental information to inform sustainability and resilience policy, planning, and management. UTC is now used in dozens of cities, and has been used to create and inform tree planting and other goals that improve quality of life for millions of people.

    Urban Forestry Inventory and Analysis

    (Urban FIA) is an extension of the traditional FIA program, and inventories and monitors urban forests, on both public and private land across the nation, with a special emphasis on America’s largest cities. It collects data on the values, land ownership objectives, and forest management practices of provide forest landowners.  It even includes a pilot effort to understand urban wood flows to help support and grow the US wood industry.  This data can illuminate regional or national trends in urban forest health and status.  

    The Stewardship Mapping & Assessment Project (STEW-MAP)

    Leveraging stewardship capacity can be a powerful way for governments, non-profits, and other organizations to achieve outcomes that would otherwise be impossible with finite resources, and to create communities that are stronger, healthier, greener, and more resilient. Mobilizing this potential requires understanding what stewardship capacity and connections exist across a landscape, and being able to connect these to form a model of shared stewardship.

    The Vibrant Cities Lab

    The Vibrant Cities Lab website, co-produced by the U.S. Forest Service, American Forests, and the National Association of Regional Councils, provides current research, case studies, and best practices for implementing green infrastructure projects in communities.

    Last Modified: August 6, 2019