Growing Greener: Eco-Structure for Climate Resilience

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NWF has developed this guide to encourage cities and towns to recognize trees as critical, functional infrastructure that is just as important as buildings and roads. We know that trees can survive and thrive in urban areas, while benefiting the humans that live there — we just need to place a premium on our trees and other green infrastructure and envision a greener, healthier future. The guide, "Growing Greener: Eco-Structure for Climate Resilience," includes the following set of recommendations:

Climate-Smart actions to protect and enhance the health of the urban forest:

  • Understand which trees and plants in your region are appropriate for a changing climate
  • Develop a climate-smart tree species planting list
  • Integrate climate change information into pest and invasive species management
  • Transform yards and vacant properties into wildlife gardens
  • Understand, analyze, and leverage the benefits of urban trees

Use the links below to download the guidebook


Download the Full Guide or individual chapters below.

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