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The Urban Forestry Program at the City of Jacksonville strives to provide the community with a healthy urban forest. Urban Forestry is the practice of managing single trees, tree populations, and all associated vegetation making up the crucial portion of a city’s green infrastructure. Just as engineers and city planners manage the roads and bridges in your community, your Urban Foresters and City Arborists manage the trees in the City of Jacksonville. The Urban Forestry Team achieves these goals by maintaining the tree canopy in a city, planting new trees, conducting research, and working with the local community in order to maximize the benefits that the City receives from our urban forest. These benefits include reducing urban heat island effect, reducing stormwater runoff, filtering the air we breathe, providing wildlife habitat, and much more.

TREE OF THE MONTH
Janurary's Tree of the month is the red bottlebrush tree, Callistemon citrinus. The bottlebrush is native shrub/tree to Australia with strikingly red flower spikes that resemble a bottle brush, hence the common name. The flowers are present in spring and summer and will attract hummingbirds and butterflies. This small tree was available with the Urban Forestry's planting program; however, this tree has now been added to the invasive tree list. A tree species becomes invasive when the tree is not native to an area and has been documented to out-compete native species in the natural ecosystem. As new research into new species being planted becomes evident, the urban forest must be adaptive as well. We no longer offer this species to be planted as part of our 630-CITY planting program. When selecting and purchasing plants/trees for your landscape, it is crucial to do your own research as to determine if the choices being made are good for our local ecosystems.
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Request your 630-CITY trees today!
If you have space on the City right of way and would like the City of Jacksonville to plant new trees please call 630-CITY or request through the online portal and our urban foresters will reach out to you.
Jacksonville awarded two accolades from Florida Urban Forestry Council
The City of Jacksonville's Urban Forestry Program was awarded the Outstanding Professional Award for Richard Leon, Jacksonville's Urban Forestry Manager, as well as the Outstanding Project for the 630-CITY Tree Planting Project.
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Richard Leon - Full BioRichard Leon - Full Bio
Urban Forestry Manager
“The most rewarding part of my job is enhancing the environment as well as the quality of life for the residents of Duval County by incorporating the natural world into the man-built world through proper urban forest management and planning.”
Dalton Smith - Full BioDalton Smith - Full Bio
Urban Forester
"Just as a forest is comprised of many different trees to thrive, our urban forestry team brings together multiple disciplines in order to create a knowledgeable team and healthy urban forest."
Kathleen McGovern - Full BioKathleen McGovern - Full Bio
City Arborist
"Reversing deforestation is complicated; planting a tree is simple." – Martin O’Malley
Todd Little - Full BioTodd Little - Full Bio
Associate Urban Forester
As an urban forester, my job is to help the people of our city understand the significant benefits trees provide to us while also giving the trees a chance to provide these benefits. My goal is to help people understand that street trees are not a "nice thing to have" but instead a necessity to the lives of us humans, as well as those plants and animals that we share this urban ecosystem with.
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