The Community Forestry Program is supported and promoted in the field with technical assistance and support provided by your District and Community Forester. The Kansas Forest Service provides and can assist your community with the following activities:
- Technical assistance - Foresters help communities complete assessments, inventories and management plans, as well as developing ordinances, plant health care practices and training programs.
- Education and Training - Educations and training is provided to develop, facilitate, and coordinate programs and materials for forestry professionals, arborists, elected officials, planners, developers, school children and volunteers.
- Resource Development - The Program administers federal cost sharing programs and assists in finding and developing alternate sources of funding, staff, and support for community programs.
- Public awareness - The Community Forestry program also develops awareness and support of the value of urban forests and their need for management through the media, recognition programs, celebrations and events.
For specific questions on tree health (i.e. why is my tree sick), please seek out your local Extension Office.
Kansas’ mature to over-mature canopy has been degraded by repetitive storms, drought, and flooding over the last decade, along with an invasion of emerald ash borer and other biotic threats and issues. This declining canopy continues to increase the number of defective and potentially hazardous public trees. Many smaller rural communities lack the funding to properly address hazardous and dead or dying trees.
The Kansas Forest Service Community Forestry Program is releasing grant funds to assist with hazard tree removals in rural communities. This is a competitive process with eight total awards available ranging from $5,000 to $9,500. The grant requires a 50/50 match. Eligible communities need to have a population of 50,000 or less.