Who We Are
The City of Gainesville’s Urban Forestry Division promotes the benefits of trees, maintains the urban forest to ensure diversity of age and species, mitigates canopy loss, minimizes hazards; and conserves the high quality heritage trees that make Gainesville a “city in a forest.”
Gainesville is a Tree City of the World
Beginning in 1983, Gainesville received the Tree City USA designation because of the combined efforts of the City Beautification Board (CBB), the Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) and the Florida Division of Forestry. This is Gainesville's 37th year as a Tree City USA and the first as a Tree City of the World!
As part of the annual Urban Forestry Workshop, we are happy to offer a series of presentations for homeowners, professionals, and anyone interested in urban forest management.
In this first installment of the monthly webinar series, learn about: “Selecting Hurricane Resilient Trees for the Urban Landscape” presented by Dr. Ryan Klein of the University of Florida.
Selecting Hurricane Resilient Trees for the Urban Landscape from City of Gainesville, Florida on Vimeo.
2020 City of Gainesville Urban Forest Management Plan
The City of Gainesville's Urban Forest Management Plan was finalized and presented to the City Commission in January 2021, following delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are thrilled to share the final plan with the community. Download the complete report here.
City of Gainesville Urban Forest Ecological Analysis 2016
This is a video on the results from the inventory of Gainesville’s urban forest, which was completed in partnership between University of Florida, School of Forest Resources & Conservation (SFRC) Associate Professor Michael Andreu and the City of Gainesville’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, from May to October 2016. The goal was to quantify the features and values of Gainesville's urban forest. The research team used the i-Tree Eco model. Read the PDF of the findings, open a large size of the graphic or watch a video on the results. Learn more...
Neighbors of Florida Park decorate a Live Oak tree planted by the city for a tree sponsor. To become a tree sponsor, fill out the registration form here. Photo courtesy of M. E. Davis.