Urban forests are made up of trees and other woody vegetation that grows in and around cities, towns, and suburbs.
Forest Health Planning for Insect Pests: Local-Level Strategies for Northern Virginia Communities
Minimizing the impacts from exotic pests in the urban forests of Northern Virginia depends upon the shared responsibility and the cooperative working relationships between multiple jurisdictions, private land managers, the research community, community volunteer organizations (i.e. tree stewards, master naturalists, master gardeners), local tree related businesses and the representative agencies in the Federal and State governments.
Forest pests do not recognize jurisdictional boundaries so we must all work together. That is why on February 28, 2017 NVRC convened a group a regional stakeholders to: 1) investigate technical, financial, or policy resources that could help minimize their impact on forests and planning budgets and 2) have a brief working session to determine how these resources could be integrated into plans. The presentations from this meeting can be found below.