Why Trees Matter - a focus on urban trees

Why Trees Matter was a signature program of Ohio State University Extension several years ago. The program got its start when emerald ash borer made its way into Ohio and began killing ash trees. The impact was felt and continues to be felt across both our urban and rural forests. A group at Ohio State University started looking at this valuable urban resource and the services it provides to Ohio communities. Utilizing i-Tree tools the group analyzed the urban forests of communities scattered around the state. The goal was to then help communities and decision makers how important a healthy urban forest can be and the role that it plays in the community.

The reports that this team produced are located below. See the impact that a healthy urban forest can have on your community.

Ecosystem Services Reports
Beavercreek Bellbrook
Bellbrook Park


Cedarville Columbus
Dublin Governors Residence
Jamestown Mahoning County Fairgrounds
Monclova Twp. OSU Main Campus
Statehouse  Toledo
Westerville Xenia
Yellow Springs  


Urban Forestry Resources

Ohio Division of Forestry

Looking for assistance with your community trees? The Ohio Division of Forestry has an urban forestry program that may be able to help. The mission of the Ohio Urban Forestry Assistance Program is to provide community officials and allied agencies with the organizational and technical assistance to effectively manage trees and the land on which they grow. To see all the resources they have to offer go to their website at http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/urban