The U.S. Forest Service is a key partner and leader in urban and community forestry efforts nationwide. The Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ and Foresters’ Association (MTWFA) partners and cooperates with the U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry (USFS NA) to increase communication among tree organizations and periodically, to accomplish special projects.
From 2009-2014, the USFS NA and MTWFA worked together under a cooperative agreement to promote, train, and implement Urban Forest Strike Teams in the seventeen-state USFS Northeastern Area. A new two-year grant beginning in 2014 will continue this cooperative effort.
Related to the Strike Team effort, the American Planning Association coordinated a June, 2014 scoping session on Hazardous Tree Management and Post-Disaster Recovery. Partially funded under the USFS-MTWFA Cooperative Agreement, the scoping session was a forum for key partners to discuss ways to reduce disaster-related damage to the urban forest. The session resulted in some excellent resources for planning for post-disaster recovery as well as action plans for future cooperation.