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Alabama

Alabama Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

Name: Colin Conner, Chair

State Contacts: Dale Dickens and Will Liner

Organization: Alabama Forestry Commission               

Address:    513 Madison Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104

Email:     ConnerC@ci.hoover.al.us

State Contacts: dale.dickens@forestry.Alabama.gov   will.liner@forestry.alabama.gov

Phone Number:   (205) 739-7141

State Contacts: (334) 240-9360 or (334) 240-9306

 1.       How is your Council structured? No paid members and AUCFAC is a subcommittee at this time under the Alabama Urban Forestry Association (AUFA).

2. What type of activities or programs do you offer in a typical year? Advisory meetings three times per year and the AUFA holds an annual conference, sponsors training workshops, a Tree Board Academy, tree plantings, and more.     

3. What is your primary funding source? Do you have any fund raising efforts underway? The AFC provides limited funds for the AUCFAC and usually provides some funds for the AUFA annual conference.  Other funding for AUFA comes from dues, sponsor contributions to the annual conference, and grants.

4. What is your relationship with your state forestry agency? It is a closely aligned group selected by the AFC, but evolving to include more stakeholders.

5. What current legislative outreach efforts are you currently pursuing or have pursued in the past? None.

6. Do you have a web presence or offer any web-based information? The AUFA has a web site at Aufa.com and a groupspace page.

7. What type of technical assistance or tech transfer would you find most useful? Organizational structure advice and funding advice. 

8. What are 3 issues/concerns you would like to see addressed through this effort of the Southern Councils? Regular communications with sharing of organizational, funding, and service information.

Arkansas

Arkansas Urban Forest Council (2017) 

Name: Cathy Slater

Organization: Arkansas Urban Forestry Council

Address: PO Box 4100, Hot Springs, AR 71914

Email: info@arkansastrees.org Phone Number: 501-625-3710

Name: Danielle Semsrott

Email: dsemsrott@bentonvillear.com Phone Number: 479-271-3122 

  1. How is your Council structured? AUFC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) with a Board of Directors and Advisory Board. One part-time Executive Secretary is under contract.
  2. What type of activities or programs do you offer in a typical year? We hold educational workshops throughout the year. There is an annual Arkansas ReLeaf project to replace tree canopy in a community that has suffered environmental damage. We also have an annual awards program and annual Arbor Day celebration.
  3. What is your primary funding source? Do you have any fund raising efforts underway? Grants. Sponsors for events.
  4. What is your relationship with your state forestry agency? We have an annual agreement that requires certain objectives are met. We submit an annual work plan and a five-year strategic plan..
  5. What current legislative outreach efforts are you currently pursuing or have pursued in the past? On occasion when assistance is requested on a national level to support urban forestry policy, funding, etc. we send letters of support.
  6. Do you have a web presence or offer any web-based information? We have a website and Facebook page.
  7. What type of technical assistance or tech transfer would you find most useful? Fundraising and membership.
  1. What are 3 issues/concerns you would like to see addressed through this effort of the Southern Councils? Regular collaboration with other urban forestry councils to learn best practices, share information on grants and funding, develop strategies for advocacy.

Florida

Florida Urban Forestry Council

Name:    Sandy Temple, Executive Director

Organization:   Florida Urban Forestry Council

Address: Post Office Box 547993, Orlando, FL  32854

Email: sandy@fufc.org       Phone Number: (407) 872- 1738

 1.            How is your Council structured?

The Florida Urban Forestry Council was formed in 1990 and incorporated in April of 1991.  FUFC is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  The Executive Committee, the governing and decision-making body for the Council, is made up of 24 volunteer members representing various allied organizations and other industry professionals throughout the state.  The Executive Committee is supported by an Executive Director that provides contracted services (equivalent to full-time hours).

2. What type of activities or programs do you offer in a typical year? 

The Florida Urban Forestry Council hosts an annual conference, which is called the Urban Forestry Institute (UFI). The UFI is typically held at a facility that is a Tree Campus USA college or university, thereby showcasing the school and providing recognition to them for their participation in the Arbor Day Foundation’s program.

Another annual program hosted by the Council is the Friends of Our Urban Forest Awards Program, which provides recognition of an Outstanding Professional, Outstanding Tree Advocate or Tree Advocacy Group, Outstanding Urban Forestry Project, Outstanding Urban Forestry Program, and a Lifetime Achievement award.  Winners have their choice of being recognized at the annual Urban Forestry Institute or at an event of their choice such as a City Council/Commission meeting where recognition is provided in front of their local leaders and peers.

The Council Quarterly is the Council’s flagship publication.  The Council Quarterly is a newsletter that is produced and distributed four times per year.  The publication has grown immensely since inception and continues to get better and better each year.

A monthly electronic publication, In a Nutshell, is produced and distributed. In a Nutshell, provides information on activities, classes or workshops offered not only by the Council, but other affiliated organizations also.  Several short informational pieces are also included in the publication.

Tree Circus (formerly known as Trail of Trees) is an educational program for elementary and middle school students where they learn about the value of trees and why we should plant more trees.  The program is offered at no cost to approximately ten to fifteen schools throughout the state on an annual basis.  The students learn that caring for the forest where they live is no t only good for personal health and the environment, but it’s good citizenship and enhancing individual and neighborhood character as well.

3. What is your primary funding source? Do you have any fund raising efforts underway?  

The Council has been very fortunate with the primary funding source being provided by the Florida Forest Service through grants.   The Council and Florida Forest Service agree on specific annual objectives to be accomplished with the grant funding that is provided. 

 Additional funds are received through memberships, poster sales, newsletter advertising, workshop registration fees, and individual program sponsorships.  The Council’s Sustaining Sponsorship program bundles several sponsorship opportunities into one annual contribution.  A minimum contribution of $1,000 is required for a Sustaining Sponsorship.

4.   What is your relationship with your state forestry agency? 

The Florida Forest Service provides a strong and supportive working relationship with the Council.  Since inception of the Council, the Florida Forest Service has not only provided a representative that serves on the Executive Committee, but also funds Council programs and events.

5.   What current legislative outreach efforts are you currently pursuing or have pursued in the past?

As a 501(c)(3) organization and operating under IRS regulations, the Council is cautious with legislative outreach efforts in order not to jeopardize our tax-exempt status.  To make sure we remain within their established guidelines, our activity is limited to providing “educational” information only.  All public policy issues must be addressed in an educational manner such as conducting educational meetings and/or preparing and distributing educational materials.   The Council cannot ask individuals to take a position either for or against any legislative matter.

6. Do you have a web presence or offer any web-based information

In addition to the Council’s web site (www.fufc.org), we also maintain an active Facebook page (Florida Urban Forestry Council). 

The web site is used to provide pertinent information and resources related to Urban Forestry.  Individuals can go to the site to sign up on-line for a membership, purchase posters, register for workshops

The Facebook page, which has been well received, is used as a tool for sharing up-to-date information regarding the Council’s programs or activities in addition to using it to promote other allied organizations and tree advocate group’s activities. 

7. What type of technical assistance or tech transfer would you find most useful

The Council’s Education Committee is currently considering offering educational webinars in order to fulfill their education objectives.  At this point, the programs have not been developed, but any technical assistance or recommendation on doing this type of program would be helpful.

8.  What are 3 issues/concerns you would like to see addressed through this effort of the Southern Councils? 

Issues/concerns for discussion would include fundraising, engaging volunteer committee members and growing sustaining sponsorships.

Georgia

Georgia Urban Forest Council

Name: Mary Lynne Beckley, Executive Director

Organization: Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC)

Address: 6835 James B. Rivers Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, GA  30083

Email: marylynne@gufc.org

Phone Number: 470-210-5900

1.How is your Council structured? GUFC is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, established in 1988.   We currently have 15 volunteer board members and one full-time, salaried employee, the executive director, who works 40 hours per week from the GUFC office.  The executive director works with a bookkeeping consultant once a month.

2.What type of activities or programs do you offer in a typical year?  GUFC presents a winter, spring, and summer quarterly educational program, a college canopy conference, and our signature event, the annual conference, each fall.  In between, we present other workshops on issues that need to be addressed. We also publish Shade magazine, present the Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards, raise and distribute tree planting funds to communities through our Georgia ReLeaf program, which provides tree planting funds for communities that have lost tree canopy due to storms and to tree planting projects that involve or benefit veterans, and operate the Georgia Landmark and Historic Tree Registry. We also have a membership program, offering benefits to members such as mailings and discounts on registration fees for educational workshops.  GUFC also administers the American Grove website, a national community of tree enthusiasts. 

3. What is your primary funding source? Do you have any fund raising efforts underway?  GUFC receives a “base funding” grant from the Georgia Forestry Commission, which we must match with cash and in-kind donations, and other funding for specific projects that we partner on together.  GUFC solicits sponsorships for our annual conference.  Other income comes through registration fees for our educational programs and our membership fees.  We raise money for our Georgia ReLeaf program through sponsorships, a silent auction, and individual donations.  We have been advised that raising awareness and funds for the Georgia ReLeaf program will help us attract more donations for GUFC’s general operations.

4.What is your relationship with your state forestry agency?  We have a very strong partnership with the Georgia Forestry Commission. 

5. What current legislative outreach efforts are you currently pursuing or have pursued in the past? None.  The board has historically never put emphasis on GUFC pursuing legislative outreach.

6. Do you have a web presence or offer any web-based informationYes:  www.gufc.org Our website has many uses, including electronic registration for our programs and taking in donations and sponsorships. Our website offers educational resources, such as best management practices, speaker presentations from programs, and tree care and tree ordinance information. 

7. What type of technical assistance or tech transfer would you find most useful?  Need to think about that one longer…

8. What are 3 issues/concerns you would like to see addressed through this effort of the Southern Councils?  Fundraising, fundraising, fundraising!

Kentucky

Kentucky Urban Forest Council (2017

Name: Sarah Gracey

Organization: Kentucky Division of Forestry

Address: 300 Sower Boulevard, 4th Floor, SE, Frankfort, KY 40601

Email: sarah.gracey@ky.gov Phone Number: 502-782-7161

1.How is your Council structured? We are an advisory board. There is no board of directors or paid employees. The council is not a non-profit organization and at this time is planning to remain and advisory board to the Kentucky Division of forestry.

2. What type of activities or programs do you offer in a typical year? We do not have regular activities through the year, but do provide input on where the state agency can focus funding for special projects.  We have been able to utilize a small amount of leftover funding this past year to hold a workshop series across the state and to provide some focused funding to work with several communities in central KY. 

3. What is your primary funding source? Do you have any fund raising efforts underway? Because the council is not incorporated as a non-profit organization, it does not receive funding and it does not engage in fund raising.

4. What is your relationship with your state forestry agency? The council is led by the state forestry organization.

5. What current legislative outreach efforts are you currently pursuing or have pursued in the past? None.

6. Do you have a web presence or offer any web-based information? No.

7. What type of technical assistance or tech transfer would you find most useful?

It would be useful to have basic success stories from small communities, beginning tree boards.  When councils get together (say at the Partners Conference), it is a great time to hear successes, but if your organization “isn’t there yet”, it can also be overwhelming.  So, always keep in mind that sharing a wide variety of successes – from large to the smallest steps is important.

8. What are 3 issues/concerns you would like to see addressed through this effort of the Southern Councils?  Get a better sense of the different levels of councils in the south  and to see the variety of what is and what could be the future for us, including the advantages and disadvantages of being an incorporated non-profit organization. In these times, finances are an issue for everybody. How do councils that are non-profits survive, let alone thrive? How do you successfully lead representatives from a variety of size communities with a very wide variety of issues?  Or, many communities, no matter the size, have similar issues.  Rather than reinventing the wheel, how can a state council effectively come together and try to address these issues. 

 

No. Kentucky Urban & Community Forestry Council (2017)

Name: Crystal Courtney    

Organization: Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council          

Address: 18 E 43rd St Covington, KY 41015

Email: ccourtney@covingtonky.gov Phone Number: 859-307-5044

1. How is your Council structured? We are an entirely volunteer non-profit group with an executive board.

2. What type of activities or programs do you offer in a typical year?

  • Reforest Northern Kentucky – 10 + years of reforestation projects covering over 20 acres of previously mowed public lands  
  • Public Tree Workers Seminar – Bring in municipality workers from around the state for a full day of latest information on tree work, diseases, best management practices, invasive insects/plants etc.
  • Trees in our Community Dinner and Forum – our annual awards benefit to highlight exceptional projects, communities, and individuals around our region.
  • ISA Certified Arborist Scholarship – we pay for 2-3 arborist scholarships per year, this covers the cost of the study material and 50% of the test, with the requirement that the recipient give at least 10 hours of volunteer time. With this, the Kentucky Arborist Association has recently matched the scholarships we give, by giving our recipients an additional scholarship to attend the Certified Arborist Course at the University of Kentucky.
  • Kentucky Roots Campaign – Easy to comprehend promotional materials focused on simple best management practices and benefits of trees . Used at various tabling opportunities and community meeting places (such as the Florence Speedway).
  • NKY Taking Root Initiative – This Committee focuses on promotion of best management practices for urban forest sustainability. The committee is a housed within the Council as the Northern Kentucky partner of the larger regional effort to plant 20million trees by 2020, whose push is to plant and register trees in public and private spaces. They lead promotion and outreach at various tabling event and for local tree planting events on Make a Difference day.  
  • UTC Committee – This committee is dedicated to community outreach of urban forestry planning in municipalities utilizing the Forestry Division funded urban tree canopy assessment.

3. What is your primary funding source? Do you have any fund raising efforts underway? Historically, our primary funding source has come from state/corporate grants and foundation money. We are currently an all-volunteer board working on restructuring our organization to develop paid membership fees, and potentially hire a part-time director that can oversee fundraising efforts.

4. What is your relationship with your state forestry agency? Sarah Gracey is our state Urban Forestry Coordinator and we work with her very closely!

5. What current legislative outreach efforts are you currently pursuing or have pursued in the past? None, to my knowledge

6. Do you have a web presence or offer any web-based information? Our website www.nkyurbanforestry.org was recently updated using Weebly, which gives multiple committee chairs the ability to update their specific pages. Eventually we would like to have a person or committee dedicated to community outreach, but at this point it is all hands on deck. We have facebook, youtube and our Kentucky Roots campaign www.KYroots.org site, aswell. 

7. What type of technical assistance or tech transfer would you find most useful?

  • Maybe most up to date best management practices in arboriculture, video’s & pubs.
  • Trends, goals and accomplishments of other the other community and urban forestry councils.
  • BMP’s on board management/development/operating procedures for UF based organizations.
  • Tips on sales pitch/elevator speeches for communicating UF initiatives to local governments

8. What are 3 issues/concerns you would like to see addressed through this effort of the Southern Councils?

  • Finding out each other’s strengths & weaknesses, working to find common answers/solutions to these issues. 
  • Come up with a master plan for the region.
  • Coming together on a big project (such as EAB response) to secure funding on a larger scale.

Louisiana

Louisiana Urban Forestry Council (2017)

Name: Sage Foley

Organization: Louisiana Urban Forestry Council

Address: 439 N. 11th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Email: sage@batonrougegreen.com

Phone Number: (225) 381-0037

1.  How is your Council structured?

A volunteer Board of Directors and in process of hiring a part time Adminstrative Coordinator

2.  What type of activities or programs do you offer in a typical year?

Seminars, conferences

3. What is your primary funding source? Do you have any fund raising efforts underway?  

USFS Grant

4. What is your relationship with your state forestry agency?

Good relationship, but there is no Urban Forestry office at state level

5. What current legislative outreach efforts are you currently pursuing or have pursued in the past?

Unknown past, none current

6. Do you have a web presence or offer any web-based information?

Yes. http://louisianaurbanforestry.com/

7. What type of technical assistance or tech transfer would you find most useful?

unknown

8. What are 3 issues/concerns you would like to see addressed through this effort of the Southern Councils?

Programming ideas, potentially joint meetings.

Mississippi

Mississippi Urban Forest Council (Disconnected from State)

Name: Donna Yowell, Executive Director

Organization: Mississippi Urban Forest Council

Address: 164 Trace Cove Dr., Madison, MS 39110

Email: dyowell@aol.com  Phone Number: (601) 672-0755

North Carolina

North Carolina Urban Forest Council

Name: Leslie Moorman     

Organization: North Carolina Urban Forest Council    

Address: PO Box 37416, Raleigh, NC 27627

Email: ncufc1@gmail.com Phone Number: 919-614-6388

1. How is your Council structured? We are a 501c3 non-profit organization with a 12 member volunteer board of directors. We have one paid, part-time paid position, Executive Director. We are also a member organization.

2. What type of activities or programs do you offer in a typical year? We offer 6 Carolina Canopy workshops across the state annually and an annual conference held in the fall. We host the Tree Board Webinar series and plan to expand on this effort. We partner with the NC Forest Service on the NC Urban Forestry Awards Program. We offer grants to plant trees through the NC Legacy Tree Fund program.

3. What is your primary funding source? Do you have any fund raising efforts underway? Primarily, through the NC Forest Service Urban & Community Grant Program. We are now fundraising through the NC Legacy Tree Fund to get corporate donations

4. What is your relationship with your state forestry agency? We work extremely closely with the NCFS and partner with them on most of our efforts. We meet regularly with the state coordinator and the UF Specialists.

5. What current legislative outreach efforts are you currently pursuing or have pursued in the past? We send our quarterly newsletters to the representatives on the NER committee, which sets the budget for the NCFS. We have started making annual visits to the legislature representatives and are now working with the NC Green Industry Council and their legislative committee to make a plan for future efforts and to keep up on new bills or laws being discussed that affect urban forests.

6. Do you have a web presence or offer any web-based information? Yes, www.ncufc.org

7. What type of technical assistance or tech transfer would you find most useful?

Updated how to’s for inventories and ordinances that we can provide our communities and members. Maybe a resource for success stories or examples.

8. What are 3 issues/concerns you would like to see addressed through this effort of the Southern Councils?          Legislative outreach ideas, funding source alternatives, and a regional effort or strategy for bigger projects.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Urban Forest Council

Name: Mike Perkins

Organization: City of Tulsa

Address:

Email: MPERKINS@cityoftulsa.org Phone Number:

1. How is your Council structured? Non-Profit, Board of Directors (15) part time paid Executive Secretary

2. What type of activities or programs do you offer in a typical year? Conference Arbor Week Kickoff Luncheon and Tree Planting on Capitol.  Rank grants during years Oklahoma has pass through dollars.

3. What is your primary funding source? Do you have any fund raising efforts underway?   Grant from Oklahoma Forestry Services and sponsors form Conference and Arbor Week Celebration

4. What is your relationship with your state forestry agency?  Extremely good.

5. What current legislative outreach efforts are you currently pursuing or have pursued in the past?  Attempted funding for urban forestry grants 10-12 years ago but was not successful

6. Do you have a web presence or offer any web-based information?   Small degree

7. What type of technical assistance or tech transfer would you find most useful?

8. What are 3 issues/concerns you would like to see addressed through this effort of the Southern Councils?

South Caroliona

Trees SC (2017)

Name: Karen Hauck, Executive Director

Organization: Trees SC

Address: PO Box 177, Goose Creek, SC 29445

Email: karen@treessc.org Phone Number: 843.814.4620

1. How is your Council structured? We are a non-profit organization with an active board of directors.  We contract with an executive director.

2. What type of activities or programs do you offer in a typical yearWe offer 10-15 educational programs throughout the year.  Some of these programs target specific audiences on specific topics; some are geared toward the general community; and some are appropriate for the green industry as a whole.

3. What is your primary funding source? Do you have any fund raising efforts underway?   We have several corporate sponsors who support our mission, along with financial support from the SC Forestry Commission.

 

4. What is your relationship with your state forestry agency? Excellent.  Lowe Sharp, U&C Forestry Coordinator, serves on our executive committee, and his staff serves on our various program committees.  We also have a strong relationship with the State Forester, Gene Kodama.

5. What current legislative outreach efforts are you currently pursuing or have pursued in the past?  We assist the SCFC with all legislative work regarding their budget.

 6. Do you have a web presence or offer any web-based information? Yes, we have a website www.treessc.org and active Facebook and Twitter pages.

7. What type of technical assistance or tech  

8. What are 3 issues/concerns you would like to see addressed through this effort of the Southern Councils?          Collaboration for multi-state program/conference/workshop and Network to further the mission of individual councils. 

Tennessee

Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (2017)

Name: Jill Smith, Executive Director              

Organization: Tennessee Urban Forestry Council       

Address: P.O. Box 58443  

Email: jillsmith.tufc@gmail.com Phone Number: 615-638-8027

Name: Sharon Jean-Philippe            

Email: jeanphil@utk.edu Phone Number: 931-239-7688

1. How is your Council structured? The TUFC is a non-profit with a board of directors.  We have a part-time paid executive director, an accountant & web host.

2. What type of activities or programs do you offer in a typical year? We have an annual conference in conjunction with the state wide tree climb competition, citizen urban forestry classes, an arboretum certification program and a home tree sanctuary program, a Famous Tree Registry - with Landmark, Historic, and Heritage Trees, website and monthly newsletter, community awards and an annual college scholarship program.

3. What is your primary funding source? Do you have any fund raising efforts underway? We raise money primarily through the annual conference but also raise funds through membership, various grants, and items sold.

4. What is your relationship with your state forestry agency? Good partnership. They help with the conference, attend board meetings, and are involved in many programs (arboretum, Famous Trees and outreach and education).

5. What current legislative outreach efforts are you currently pursuing or have pursued in the past? Current:  None. Past:  Former Executive Director met once a year with Legislature with the Forestry Commission and also met with Legislature on an environmental focus day.  She also went to D.C. 2 times to talk with Legislature and Senators about Urban Forestry.

6. Do you have a web presence or offer any web-based information? Yes:  www.tufc.com.

7. What type of technical assistance or tech transfer would you find most useful?

We are interested in learning about the structure of the other UF Council boards (what works well) and also about strategic planning.

8. What are 3 issues/concerns you would like to see addressed through this effort of the Southern Councils? Fundraising, Membership, Statewide Presence

Texas

Texas Urban Forest Council

 

Name: Neville Mann                                                           

Organization: Texas Urban Forestry Council                  

Address: 5502 Effingham Drive, Houston TX77035

Email: nmann@treestexas.com Phone Number: 832-331-6469                                             

Name: Dr. Robert Young

Email: ryoung@utexas.edu Phone: 512-364-3915

1. How is your Council structured? Non-profit 501c3. There was previously an executive director, however now it is just a board of directors that are all professional volunteers.

2. What type of activities or programs do you offer in a typical year? We provide micro grants available for urban forestry related projects. We have a “Texas Tree” license plate. We help organize the Texas Tree Planting competition, and have a presence at various planting events across the state.

3. What is your primary funding source? Do you have any fund raising efforts underway?  The “Texas trees” license plate.

4. What is your relationship with your state forestry agency? We partner with Texas Forest Service, our liaison there is Gretchen Riley

5. What current legislative outreach efforts are you currently pursuing or have pursued in the past? Previously Texas Tree trails program

6. Do you have a web presence or offer any web-based information?  Website, Facebook and a very active Twitter account.

7. What type of technical assistance or tech transfer would you find most useful? We are very much self sufficient, I would need to know the activities of other boards to answer completely.

8. What are 3 issues/concerns you would like to see addressed through this effort of the Southern Councils?  A unified goal. The lack of government funding. Common tree ordinances/ legislature

US Virgin Islands

US Virgin Islands Urban & Community Forest Council

Name: Marilyn Chakroff

Organization: US Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture

Address: RR 1 Box 10345, Kingshill, VI 00850

Email: marilyn.chakroff@gmail.com Phone Number: (340) 778-0997 ext. 233

 1. How is your Council structured? We ares a 501c3 non-profit organization. We have a board of directors but no paid employees. We are supposed to advise the State (Territorial) Forester on urban issues.

 2. What type of activities or programs do you offer in a typical year? We have two grant cycles each year to accept proposals for urban projects from the community. We make presentations at Earth Day activities on each island (St Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John), at Agricultural Fairs on each island, and in schools and other places by invitation.

3. What is your primary funding source? Do you have any fund raising efforts underway?  To date, we have not gone after any big funding source other that a couple of grants from the US Forest Service to get us up and running. We are planning a membership drive and to hire a part-time staff person to work on funding.

4. What is your relationship with your state forestry agency? We work very closely together and have quarterly meetings with the U&CF Coordinator.

5. What current legislative outreach efforts are you currently pursuing or have pursued in the past? We have just completed the final draft of our first tree ordinance in the USVI and it is now in the hands of the legislature.

6. Do you have a web presence or offer any web-based information? Yes, we have a web site and hope to make it more interactive in future.

7. What type of technical assistance or tech transfer would you find most useful? We would like to create small videos to illustrate best management practices for trees in the tropics. We could use help in deciding what type of video equipment we would need to both create such videos and to record conferences.

8. What are 3 issues/concerns you would like to see addressed through this effort of the Southern Councils? Funding ideas. Help in working with communities that do not have any type of tree board or tree ordinance, especially in helping them to understand why it is important to pay attention to trees in the community.

Virginia

Trees Virginia (2017)

Name:  Anne Little - President

Organization: Trees Virginia / Virginia Urban Forest Council

Address: Fredericksburg, VA

Email: treefred@cox.net Phone Number:  (540) 207-4298

Name:  Becky Woodson or Barbara White

Organization: Trees Virginia / Virginia Urban Forest Council

Address: 900 Natural Resources Dr, Charlottesville, VA  22903

Email: treesvirginia@ntelos.net or  Barbara.white@dof.virginia.gov

Phone Number: 434.295.6401

1. How is your Council structured? Non-profit, with an all volunteer BoD and Becky is part time administrative assistant

2. What type of activities or programs do you offer in a typical year?  Tree Steward Mini Grants, The Trees Virginia Board of Directors meets in January of each year holding an annual work planning retreat. The projects for the upcoming year are discussed and approved at this retreat. Various workshops across the state. Academic Scholarships and Professional Scholarship,  Big Tree Intern

3. What is your primary funding source? Do you have any fund raising efforts underway? U&CF grant funding and workshops 

4. What is your relationship with your state forestry agency? Advisory

5. What current legislative outreach efforts are you currently pursuing or have pursued in the past? ACTrees Capitol Hill Days and Sustainable Urban Forest Coalition Congressional Outreach, also the U&CF grant requests that partners send a letter to their Congressional Reps to let them know about the good projects occurring in VA and how important the funding is for the projects.

6. Do you have a web presence or offer any web-based information?

www.treesvirginia.org

7. What type of technical assistance or tech transfer would you find most useful?

8. What are 3 issues/concerns you would like to see addressed through this effort of the Southern Councils?          Fundraising, Membership development and maintenance

Outreach campaigns for specific topics ie – Trees for Water Quality, Trees for Better Health Stop Topping, Correct Mulching

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State urban forest councils are nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations or advisory boards for state fores agencies nationwide. Some councils are membership organizations that offer educational programs and resources, while others are advisory organizations only.

Per the program guidance for the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program, established by Section 9, Urban and Community Forestry Assistance, of the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act (CFAA) of 1978 (PL 95-313), as amended by PL 101-6241, each State shall have an appropriately broad-based UCF Council that consists of governmental agencies, industry, academic institutions, nonprofit and community-based organizations, and grassroots volunteers concerned with urban and community forestry, and reflects diverse public participation. States are encouraged to utilize the State Council to expand delivery of the state program, leverage external resources, grow public-private partnerships, and build a vibrant statewide constituency empowered to promote urban forestry statewide. The State Council is, at minimium, required to advise and/or assist the State Forester in the development of program emphasis, priorities and implementation, and periodic review and revision of the 5 Year State Strategic Plan/ State Forest Action Plan.

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