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Urban Forestry

Urban Forestry in West Virginia

The care and management of trees within urban settings provides much more than shade and a touch of green. Every year, trees found in and around West Virginia communities capture and remove a total of 4,348,592 pounds of pollutants from the air we breathe with an estimated value of $6,441,179.

The trees in our urban areas clearly improve our quality of life. Because of this, West Virginia Division of Forestry places great importance on the care of our urban forests. The Urban and Community Forestry program promotes the long-term care of trees in cities and communities throughout the state by cooperating with communities to develop municipal tree boards and establish guidelines for planting and care of trees on public property.

Learn more about the guidelines and tips we offer to help your trees thrive.

All About Trees in the City

Plant Trees

City life can be harsh for young tree seedlings. Optimize their survival by following the simple tips provided here for choosing and planting your trees in West Virginia communities.

Care of Trees

From mulching, pruning and protecting trees during construction, there is much to consider in order to keep your trees in a healthy state, thriving for years to come. Learn more about the care and maintenance of urban trees.

Programs for Tree Protection

Along with the support of the Urban and Community Forestry program, communities throughout West Virginia benefit from numerous programs designed to assist in the planning, planting, and care of urban forestry: Tree City USA, WV Project CommuniTree, and Mountaineer Treeways Program.

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Forest Legacy Program

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Fall Foliage

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Managed Timberland Program

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Industry Assistance

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Conservation Education


The West Virginia Division of Forestry is committed to protecting, nurturing, sustaining, and promoting the wise utilization of our state’s forest resources.


Established in 1909, as a declaration of the state government for the need of forest protection and research, the West Virginia Division of Forestry protects and conserves the state’s forest resources.