UCF Resources and Partnerships
The UCF Program’s mission is accomplished in cooperation with many groups across the state and beyond.
The development of sustainable urban and community forests in California calls for a combined effort using a variety of tools and involving partnerships at the federal, state, and local levels. Resources on this page include best management practices, the benefits of trees, water conservation, and more.
Additional partners include other state agencies, non-profit organizations, private urban forestry, and arboricultural companies, power and utility companies, cities, counties, special districts, and professional organizations. These varied partners are brought together via the Director's advisory committee for urban and community forestry, the California Urban Forestry Advisory Committee (CUFAC). Together they discuss trends, address concerns, develop suggestions for consideration by CAL FIRE management, and provide support and information to their local communities on urban forestry issues.
California's State Urban Forestry Program also works with our Fire Prevention Program in advocating fire-safe landscaping for homeowners and communities. Landscape design, tree selection, and maintenance are critical elements in reducing the spread of fire and the risk to adjacent buildings. Even well-designed landscapes can become hazardous if not properly maintained. The program encourages compliance with the defensible space requirement for communities in the urban-wildland interface areas (PRC 4291) and offers suggestions for types of trees, landscape designs and pruning methods to assist homeowners in meeting that standard.
CAL FIRE Urban and Community Forestry is dedicated to California's efforts to adapt to and mitigate climate change. For more information about CAL FIREs statewide forestry strategies for reducing or mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, please visit our Climate Change and Energy page.
California's Forests and Rangelands 2017 Assessment
CAL FIRE's Fire and Resource Assessment Program (FRAP), The 2017 Assessment covers a broad range of topics across both private and public lands. Each chapter includes a number of indicators that collectively are used to evaluate the sustainability of forest and rangelands. Chapter 3 of this assessment includes a detailed report on California's Urban and Community forests.
External Resources and Partners
- Increase the value of your business and your revenue stream
- Help your trees survive the drought
- Increase the value of your home and improve your community
- Invest from the ground up
- Trees Provide Food
- Trees Freshen The Air
- Trees Are Fun
- Trees Create Great Neighborhoods
- Trees Make Dogs Happy
- Trees Help Businesses Achieve Higher Prices
- Trees Create Jobs
- Trees Help Us Feel Stronger & Live Longer
- Trees Mark The Seasons
- Trees Are Great Playgrounds
- Trees Provide Privacy
- Trees Increase Property Values
- Trees Offer Protection From Rain
- Trees Help Reduce Crime
- Trees Reduce the Signs of Stress
- Trees Create a Sense of Place
- Trees Help Slow Traffic
- Trees Reduce Soil Erosion
- Trees Provide Protection from the Sun's Rays
- Trees Help Reduce Tailpipe Emissions
- Trees Reduce Urban Heat
- Trees Make Places More Walkable
- Trees Provide Wildlife Habitat
- Trees Provide Wind Breaks
- Structural Pruning - Medium-aged Trees
- Strategies for Growing a High-Quality Root System, Trunk, and Crown in a Container Nursery
- Tree Planting Cue Card
- Tree Planting Cue Card (Spanish)
- Tree Training Cue Card
- Tree Training Cue Card (Spanish)
- Pruning at Planting Cue Card
- Root Management Cue Card
- Root Management Cue Card (Spanish)
- Restoring Topped Trees
- Tree Quality Cue Card
- Tree Quality Cue Card (Spanish)