Urban Watershed Forestry Manual

Ellicott City, MD (February 2005)- The Center for Watershed Protection has released a three-part Urban Watershed Forestry Manual that introduces the emerging topic of urban watershed forestry and presents new methods for systematically measuring watershed forest cover and techniques for maintaining or increasing this cover. These methods are based on extensive review of the latest research and input from experts in a wide range of related fields. This manual is part of a three-part manual series on using trees to protect and restore urban watersheds.


Part 1. The urban watershed forestry section guides the watershed planner or forester through the process of systematically measuring watershed forest cover, and selecting the best methods for maintaining and increasing this cover by focusing on protecting, restoring, and reforesting large parcels of primarily public land across the watershed.
Part 2. The conserving and planting trees at development sites section presents specific ways to enable developers, engineers, or landscape architects to incorporate more trees into a development site. The three-pronged approach focuses on protecting existing trees, planting trees in storm water treatment practices, and planting trees in other open spaces at the development site.
Part 3. The urban tree planting guide section provides detailed guidance on urban tree planting that is applicable at both the development site and the watershed scale. Topics covered include: site preparation techniques, reforestation techniques, and special considerations for urban tree planting.
Read more about the Urban Watershed Forestry Manual.