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Information about Urban Forestry

Looking for information on how to manage your urban forest? The Division of Forestry has compiled these links to help you learn to properly care for the trees in your cities and towns.

Checklist of best management practices
for tree and shrub care

Planting and Transplanting Trees and Shrubs

Urban Forest Management Plan

Checklist of how to select, purchase,
install and care for urban forests (trees)

Planting Trees in Designated and Built Community Landscapes

Planting and After Care of Community Trees

Tree Owner's Manual

How to place value on municipal trees

Midwest Community Tree Guide

Trees Pay Us Back

Checklist of how to protect trees during development (construction)

Preserving Trees in Development Projects

Protecting Trees from Construction Damage

Urban Forestry Best Management Practices

Illustrated guide of how to trim (prune) trees and shrubs

How to Prune Trees


Urban Forestry Publications and Links

| Tree Planting Instructions |

| Urban & Community Forestry Fact Sheets |



Liz Moss grew up in Maryland, but has extended family in West Virginia and has spent stretches of time in the state for over 20 years– a fact that some West Virginians say renders her “half-West Virginian.” She has experience in an outreach capacity from a variety of fields including at-risk youth, children and adults with disabilities, and animal adoptions. Liz procured her M.S. in Forestry in December 2013 from WVU and began working for the state at the beginning of March 2014. Her Master’s thesis pertained to developing a database of firewood producers called the WV Friends of Firewood Network, and compiling data on their business, safety and wood hygiene practices through the use of a two-part state-wide survey.

Liz looked for work in the urban forestry field because she grew up in a relatively forested urban area, enjoys trees and people and cannot stand the thought of treeless cities. She looks forward to establishing more Tree City USA communities in the state, re-vamping the Municipal Tree Restoration Program and developing a statewide voluntary tree care certification program for municipal workers, tree boards and other groups.

Liz is based out of Region One in the Romney office. She is available to Tree City USA communities and other municipalities in a technical training capacity in order to help improve and maintain urban canopies across the state– conducting workshops, creating publications and assisting with ordinance drafting and tree board creation, to name just a few services she offers.

To contact Liz:

ROMNEY, 26757
(304) 553-9780 (cell)
(304) 822-4512



West Virginia cities and communities also contain a valuable forest resource, the urban forest. A community's urban forest includes all street and park trees as well as privately owned tress in residential neighborhoods. The West Virginia Division of Forestry recognizes and supports the significant role these trees play by enhancing the quality of life for all West Virginians through the Urban and Community Forestry program. The goal of the Urban and Community Forestry program is to promote the long-term care of trees in cities and communities throughout the state. Our program cooperates with communities to ensure this care by encouraging the initiation of municipal tree boards and ordinances that establish guidelines for the planting and maintenance of trees on public property.

Program Highlights
  • The West Virginia Urban and Community Forestry Council represents community forestry interests from across the state and provides advice to the State Forester concerning the program. The Council works to raise public awareness with a biannual newsletter and promotes higher standards of tree care through training workshops and educational events. Council information can be obtained from the interm Chair, Dan Brown.

  • Andy Sheetz, the Partnership Coordinator, is available to work with volunteer organizations interested in tree planting and other related projects. He also is active in assisting community tree boards with finding financial support and other resources from various private and public entities for all types of community forestry projects. Andy can be contacted at (304) 558-2788 or Andy.I.Sheetz@wv.gov.

  • The Tree City USA program is a national award for communities with a sustained and active tree care agenda. Tree City USA is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation and administered locally by the West Virginia Division of Forestry.

  • Utilizing funds from the USDA Forest Service passed to the Division of Forestry, communities can receive financial assistance in the form of Demonstration City Grants. These grants are offered to Tree City USA communities and communities working toward this goal for tree planting projects, hazard tree removal, creating arboretums and outdoor classrooms, street tree inventories, and management plans. Applications are available each July.

  • The Municipal Tree Restoration Program promotes planting only small maturing trees under over-head utility lines. This program is a cooperative effort among the Division of Forestry, West Virginia University and local utility companies and encourages communities to plant "the right tree in the right place." Large and potentially hazardous trees growing under power lines can be removed and small maturing species are planted in their place at no cost to the community.

  • The Mountaineer Treeways program provides FREE seedlings for volunteer groups that wish to plant trees on public property. This program is a joint effort between the West Virginia Division of Forestry, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the West Virginia Division of Highways and the Turnpike Authority. For more information about the Mountaineer Treeways program, contact Andy Sheetz at (304) 558-2788.

    Additional information about Urban and Community Forestry and related programs can be obtained from Bob Hannah, Urban Forestry Coordinator, at (304) 825-6983 or Robert.L.Hannah@wv.gov.

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