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Delaware Urban and Community Forestry Program

Delaware Forest Service - Urban & Community Forestry Logo - updated 10-13-2023Delaware’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is dedicated to preserving and enhancing Delaware’s community forests, which play a critical role in our quality of life. The trees in Delaware’s communities can improve air and water quality, beautify the landscape and increase property values, mitigate stormwater run-off and soil erosion, save on heating and cooling costs, and foster a general sense of well-being. The Delaware Urban and Community Forestry Council along with serving as an advisory board assists the urban foresters to expand the reach of the program through strategic partnerships.


Delaware Urban and Community Forestry Council Members

Jay Ashby, Chair — Cypress Tree Care
Mike Krzyzanowski, Vice-Chair — Delmarva Power
Marcia Fox, Immediate Past Chair — DNREC
Taryn Davidson — U&CF Program Director
Valann Budischak — DNLA
(vacant) — Urban Forester
Chris Miller — Assistant State Forester
Kerin Hume — Kent Conservation District
Carol Larson — Village of Arden
Blake Moore — University of Delaware Extension
Megan Pleasanton — Delaware State University Extension
Richard Pratt — Governor’s Council on Forestry
Elain Schmerling — Ardentown
Mardi Thompson — City of Lewes *
Kyle Hoyd — State Forester
Herb White — City of Wilmington *
* Associate Member


Partner Organizations

Delaware’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is proud to be supported by these organizations:

Delaware Department of Agriculture Forest Service

Delaware Invasive Species Council

Delaware Center for Horticulture

Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association

Delaware State University Cooperative Extension

Hagley Museum and Library

National Arbor Day Foundation

International Society for Arboriculture

University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

University of Delaware Master Naturalist Program

U.S. Forest Service State & Private Forestry


If you have questions, comments, or need assistance, please contact:
Urban and Community Forestry Program  Send E-mail.

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