Tree season is here! You know it’s December (or at least sometime after Thanksgiving) when cars drive by with Christmas trees tied on top, corner lots are filled with evergreen trees, and trees grace the front windows of homes, decorated with sparkling lights that shine through the darkness of deep winter days.

Do you have, or expect to have, a tree in your house? Is it a real tree or an artificial tree? If you are undecided, check out this article, Real vs. Artificial? 10 Myths and our biased take on why real Christmas Trees are better, on DNRs Ear to the Ground blog.

The season often includes sharing holiday cheer and gift-giving. In that spirit, I thought I’d let you know about a few free urban & community forestry resources we can pass your way:

The Tree Board Handbook – a guide to help tree board members understand their roles and how they can best contribute their time and talents to support a community tree program.

Celebrate Arbor Day GuidebookCelebrating Arbor Day is one of the required standards to become and continue being recognized as a Tree City USA. It’s also a great opportunity to engage communities to learn about trees and the green world around them. This booklet has some ideas on how to organize a community celebration.

A Glossary of Arboricultural Terms – From abscission to lion-tailing to xylem, arboricultural terms can be technical and sometimes confusing. This is a good book to have on your city forestry shelf. It also includes a list of many of the acronyms and abbreviations used in the practice of arboriculture. This book is also available in the Spanish-English * English-Spanish version, Glosario de Terminos de Arboricultura

Guia para Trepadores de Arboles – another resource written for Spanish speakers, published in English as the Tree Climbers Guide written specifically for tree climbers, from a tree climber perspective.

Recycling Municipal Trees – A guide to marketing sawlogs from street tree removals in municipalities.

Give us a call or send us an email, if you’d like us to send any of these resources your way.

In the meantime, enjoy the season… happy holidays!


By Linden J. Lampman, program manager, DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program