Community Forestry

It takes a village to help the forest

Conservation and Community Forestry at HF&G strives to protect biodiversity, better understand how humans and ecosystems benefit each other, and inspire regional change in conservation.  Our land management and urban planting efforts, partnership with research, and outreach activities work together to achieve this goal. 

We serve our region through education, empowerment, and programs like these:

Working Woods

Most of Ohio’s forest is privately owned. Private landowners face a variety of challenges when it comes to land stewardship including succession planning, pests, disease, poor logging practices, pressure from logging companies, and invasive plants. Good forestry addresses these challenges by working with nature so both people AND the woods can thrive.

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Urban Forestry

Our education and outreach activities are critical for achieving our goal to inspire regional change in conservation and urban land management. Here are a few of our core programs. Urban tree plantings The city of Cleveland has goals to increase tree canopy from 18 to 30% by 2040.

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Great Lakes Basin Forest Health Collaborative

The primary mission is to use a participatory approach by provide training and technology transfer to a network of partners. The GLB FHC serves as a liaison between research facilities, interested agencies, organizations and citizens to transfer pertinent technology that promotes accelerated production of improved seedlings for future restoration plantings.

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Landowner Resources

Providing landowners with the resources they need to care for, manage and utilize their trees.

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Tree Corps

Tree Corps is an arboriculture workforce development program designed to provide valuable training and entry-level job placement for Cleveland residents in the tree care industry. It’s funded by a generous grant from the Cleveland Foundation.

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The Cleveland Tree Plan

Partnerships with the City of Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability, the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, LAND studio, and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress that help bring the Cleveland Tree Plan to life.

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Our Staff

Beck Swab Director of Community Forestry & Conservation
Jessica Miller Woodland Community Forester
Amanda Wood Urban Community Forester
Rachel Kappler Great Lakes Basin Forest Health Collaborative (GLB FHC) Coordinator

Want more information on the Arboretum’s Community Forestry program?

Contact [email protected] for more information.

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