Support Our Cause

through the Urban Forestry Foundation

UCFS’s Urban Forest Foundation is dedicated to creating and supporting projects and programs that advance the dissemination and implementation of research developed in the fields of arboriculture and urban forestry to benefit people, trees, and the urban environment.

City Trees Publication

City Trees is one of the premier publications focused on urban and community forestry stewardship. Inside each issue, you’ll learn how to best manage the trees in your community from experts and peers within the field of urban forestry.

2023 UCFS Conference

Each year UCFS, formerly the Society of Municipal Arborists, hosts a conference and tradeshow. This exciting event brings together members and non-members alike to network, learn, and knowledge share. In 2023, UCFS’s conference is being interwoven with the World Forum on Urban Forests. We hope to see you there!

Join us!

Oct. 16th-20th, 2023

Washington, D.C.

2023 Tree of the Year -
Jacaranda mimosifolia

The Urban and Community Forestry Society (UCFS) has named blue jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) its 2023 Urban Tree of the Year. Spin the globe, and at the right time of year, you’ll find blue jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) lighting up streets and parks with its blue-purple flower panicles in every subtropical or warm climate, including regions within Australia, Myanmar, India, South Africa, Spain, Chile, and the United States. Even climates with an occasional light frost may support blue jacaranda trees.

Our members do great things throughout the year! The UCFS Awards Committee seeks nominations for awards and honors that will be presented during an award ceremony and reception on October 17, 2023. Nominations are due August 15, 2023. Please review the categories and nominate a deserving individual or organization for one or more of the awards listed below.

Award of Merit

For advancing the profession of arboriculture and urban forestry

The Award of Merit, the highest honor the Society can bestow, recognizes outstanding meritorious services by a member who advances the principals, ideals, and practices of municipal arboriculture and urban forestry. 

Award of Achievement 

For advancing the public’s commitment to community trees and forests

The Award of Achievement is presented to a member who has clearly advanced the public’s awareness of, and commitment to urban forests and trees.

Honorary Life Membership

For career contributions to the Society

Honorary Life Membership is granted to members of the Society who have contributed materially, substantially, and unselfishly to support and promote the Society and its mission over time.

Honorary Membership

For substantive contributions of non-members to the Society’s mission

Honorary Membership for a full year is granted to individuals who are not members of the Society, to recognize continuing commitment and outstanding service to advancing municipal arboriculture and urban forestry.

Legacy Project of the Year Award

For an innovative project, program, or partnership that has demonstrated results.

The Legacy Project of the Year Award is presented to an agency or organization that has raised public awareness and appreciation of community trees and urban forests through a unique and innovative project, program, or partnership that includes the work of an ISA Certified Municipal Specialist, or an SMA Accredited Municipal Program.

 i-Tree Innovation Award

 For creative applications of i-Tree tools to enhance community forest management

The i-Tree innovation award is awarded to a member, agency, or community for successful implementation of a project or program using i-Tree as an integral component.

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