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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Forestry > Programs > Community & Urban Forestry Community & Urban Forestry

Indiana Division of Forestry's Community Urban Forestry Program provides guidance and grants to communities for the development and caretaking of urban forests.

An urban tree canopy is part of a community’s infrastructure, providing valuable environmental, economic, and social benefits. Well-managed urban forests pay back nearly three times the cost to plant and maintain them. Urban forests provide economic, environmental, and psychological benefits.

Over 80 percent of the urban forest is in our own back yard.  As society becomes more urbanized and sprawls into rural areas, forests, wooded edges, and woodlots in urban areas are an increasingly important resource.

Contact us at:
Division of Forestry
402 W. Washington St.
W296 Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 234-6568

Services We Offer

Services we offer to municipalities and non profits include: Visiting an urban forester for a day, technical assistance, tree board assistance, workshops, grant dollars for urban forestry management, and help in becoming a Tree City USA.

Communities who choose to improve their urban forests may become a Tree City USA upon meeting these four standards:

  1. Pass a public tree care ordinance
  2. Appoint a tree board and city department to manage the tree care program
  3. Spend at least $2 per capita and
  4. Have an Arbor Day proclamation and event.

Indiana Community Tree Stewards

We offer a variety of workshops on various aspects of urban forestry and tree care throughout the year. The key ones are The Indiana Community Tree Steward course and the day long Basic Tree Care workshop.  Each is offered three times a year throughout the state. 

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We offer a variety of federal and corporate grants for urban forestry projects on public property.  The dates for these grants and the projects funded are dependent on type and levels of funding.  The DoF/CUF Program has funded over $5 million in grants since the programs started.

For more information about funding for urban forestry projects, contact us at

Community Urban Forestry Program
Division of Forestry
402 W. Washington St.W296
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 234-6568

Grant recipients for Trees In Our Towns, Key To Our Health, awarded November 2012.