Vibrant Cities Lab

Vibrant Cities Lab


The Vibrant Cities Lab, created by American Forests in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), provides a single online hub for all of the best tools and technical information for urban forests, including online computer mapping using tree canopy cover. This in-depth resource library offers information on all aspects of urban forest management and helps urban foresters make the case for investment in urban forestry. 

In a nutshell, this resource offers:

  • An urban forestry toolkit to help your city get started on creating an urban forestry program, or to advance an existing urban forestry program.
  • A breakdown of benefits of the urban forest, from water quality to improved transit to human health.
  • Hundreds of publications, guides, and articles from the popular press that help bolster the case for urban forestry.

How to use this resource:

  • As a starting place to find urban forest resources, with a focus on street trees.
  • As a step-by-step guide to implementing urban forestry in your community.
  • As a rich source for case studies, guides, and peer-reviewed research on all aspects of urban forestry.

Point of contact: SM.FS.urban@usda.gov 

Resource is available online here.