Montevallo, AL (January 1, 2008)- Established in 1989, the Alabama Urban Forestry Council promotes proper tree care, tree protection, and other tree issues in the urban setting. As a statewide non-profit organization, they have a diverse membership of arboricultural professionals, horticulturists, landscape workers, community tree board members, tree-care volunteers and interested citizens who care about trees where they live and work.
Services are designed to support members’ efforts to replant, maintain, sustain and expand the urban landscape. In addition, the Council strives to educate the general public on the importance of urban trees.
The Council develops partnerships to further better tree management; promote professionalism by encouraging professional certification, licensing and continuing education; produce seminars and workshops to increase knowledge in arboriculture; and works with public officials and stakeholders on issues affecting urban forestry.
Facts and Figures:
* Alabama has 205,847,000 urban trees.
* There are 69 urban trees for each Alabama resident.
* Alabama urban areas have 48.2% urban tree cover.
* Alabama’s urban forests comprise 6.3% of the state.
* Approximately 20 cities and towns have at least one urban forester or city horticulturist on staff.
* Approximately 100 cities and towns are Tree City USA certified.
* Eleven cities are Tree City USA Growth Award certified.
* Two utility companies are Tree Line USA certified.
* Over 100 people are International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborists.
For more information, visit Alabama Urban Forestry Council.