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Northeastern Area U&CF Update  Billy Terry, Assistant Director, Cooperative Fire, Cooperative Forest Management  Phillip Rodbell, Area Specialist, Urban.

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1 Northeastern Area U&CF Update  Billy Terry, Assistant Director, Cooperative Fire, Cooperative Forest Management  Phillip Rodbell, Area Specialist, Urban and Community Forestry  Lisa Burban, Group Leader, St. Paul  Tom Dilley, Chicago Coordinator  Jill Johnson, Midwest Center  John Parry, Field Office Specialist  Anne Cumming, Field Office Specialist  Donna Murphy, MidAtlantic Center Technology transfer responsibilities

2 Northeastern Area U&CF Update Rodbell 2009 Highlights  Washington Office Detail  USFS Representative to World Forestry Congress, Argentina  SMA Savannah  Indiana UF Council  National Partners Conference, Portland  APA Minneapolis

3 Urban & Community Forestry Strategy  Focus: “Sustain and Expand Urban Tree Cover”  Recognize need to collaborate better and seamlessly with Research, National Forests, and NAASF.  Internal sensing process across federal programs and initiatives to identify S&PF priority actions.  Next step will begin dialogue to identify shared priorities for 2011 and beyond

4 New Items in Financial Advice  Help communities improve resilience to climate change through UTC assessments, goal setting, and tree planting for: air and water quality energy conservation and carbon sequestration invasive species, fire, and storm resistance green infrastructure and open space retention, and biomass utilization.  Make inventory data available for Pest Detection

5 Urban Pest Detection & Tree Inventory  iPed – UGA and Davey by June 2011 Beta version incorporated into i-Tree software package. Development of new online and field-based training, diagnostic and information resource tools and materials. Testing and refinement based on 6 field pilots.  UFORHIC – Purdue and Davey by August 2011 Confirming system requirements & defining data fields Establishing access controls, conversion utilities, user interface  Citizen Science Monitoring – UVM by May 2010 Survey and Report on Best Practices Begun developing training materials

6 USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program – FY 2009 CARS Results USDA Forest Service Community Accomplishment Reporting System FY 2009 Summary

7 USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program – FY 2009 CARS Results Measuring Program Success  Long-term goal: to improve condition & extent of tree and forest cover in cities, suburbs, & towns nationwide : By assisting communities with developing their own local, sustainable UCF programs By encouraging communities to adopt and support the 4 key program elements that define managing and developing communities

8 USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program – FY 2009 CARS Results Measuring Program Success  Developing communities have achieved at least one of the key program elements: Hired or contracted for professional U&CF staff Have adopted ordinances or policies that focus on planting, protecting and maintaining their forest Have an active community advocacy or advisory organization Developed and implemented a forest management plan  Managing communities have achieved all four of the key program elements

9 USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program – FY 2009 CARS Results Nationally, UCF Program Outcomes for FY 2009 showed that... Of the U.S. population that live in cities, suburbs & towns that states report have potential to use U&CF Program resources  42% lived in communities that were fully managing their urban and community trees and forests, (NA = 49%) and  34% lived in communities that were developing programs to manage their urban and community trees and forests (NA = 27.5%).

10 USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program – FY 2008 CARS Results Distribution of Population Living in Managing and Developing Communities U.S. Total = million

11 Progress Number of communities that progressed from Developing to fully Managing over three years (In 2009, NA had additional 86 ) Population of communities that progressed from Developing to fully Managing over three years (NA had additional 2.1 million)

12 USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program – FY 2009 CARS Results Differences in FY’08 & FY’09 Reports  In FY 2009, 6,853 communities received assistance nationally, 286 less than FY 2008  In NA, 3,766 communities (55% of national total) received assistance in FY 2009, 46 more than FY 2008  In FY 2009, States reported providing assistance to173.4 million people living in communities compared to million in FY 2008 (a 4.1 million decline nationally, but only 186,000 decline in NA states)

13 USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program – FY 2009 CARS Results FY 2009 Community Financial Assistance Reported in CARS  Nationally: $16.6 million in core U&CF funds to states $4.3 million distributed to communities (26%) $60.0 million in state and local match (CA = $20M)  $3.62 for each federal dollar invested  NA: $5.3 million in core U&CF funds to states $1.6 million distributed to communities (29%) $14 million in state and local match (NJ = $7M)  $2.73 for each federal dollar invested

14 USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program – FY 2009 CARS Results FY2009 State Subgrants $4.3 million (26%) distributed by states as subgrants Percent of UCF funds awarded by category

15 USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program – FY 2009 CARS Results In Summary, FY 2009 CARS Results Confirm the UCF Program:  The national program reached 75% of U.S. population living in cities, suburbs & towns with potential to use U&CF Program resources (76.5% in NA)  42% of reported national population now live in managing communities (49% in NA)  The national program reached more than 6,850 communities 55% of which are in NA  Federal investments in NA are leveraged nearly 3:1  NA Rocks!

16 On the Horizon  State Resource Strategies in place for FY2011  Complete regional summary of state strategies by Program  Review current and new S&PF performance measures, and draft national business rules  Support activities of the Sustainable Urban Forest Coalition  Continue successful technology transfer


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