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The Information, Education and Urban Forestry Program is concerned with increasing public awareness of the value and management of Louisiana's natural resources and the need for improved forest management and protection from insects, diseases and fire.

Program emphasis is placed on:

1) educating landowners about profitable timber management activities and available departmental assistance;

2) promoting good stewardship of both urban and rural forest resources for soil, water, air, wildlife, and aesthetic benefits;

3) encouraging management of urban area natural resources to improve their attractiveness to both existing and prospective residents and businesses;

4) supporting efforts to attract new wood-based industries and expand product manufacturing diversity within the state; and

5) educating classroom teachers and other educators about Louisiana’s forest resources to increase their awareness and knowledge of the forest environment through Project Learning Tree, a national environmental education program. 

6) Urban Forestry is the planning, establishment, management and protection of trees and forests in urban and rural communities. Urban forestry facilitates the education and training of people who live and work in urban environments.

Activities within the Information, Education and Urban Forestry Program include: presentations to various groups; participation in exhibits, parades and demonstrations; forest tours for media representatives and legislators; transfer of information; nature trail designs; media interviews, programs and articles; publishing publications; production of audio visuals; and organizing Project Learning Tree workshops.





Forestry Awareness

Green Laws & Community Design 

Louisiana Firewise

Project Learning Tree

Tree City USA

Tree Line USA

Urban and Community Forest Grant Program

2013 Louisiana Teachers Tour Flyer

2013 Louisiana Forestry Teachers Tour Application

Spouse Tour Details for SGSF 2014

Spouse Tour Registration for SGSF 2014

 U&CF News and Events


10/11/2013 Bayou ReBirth to host Native Plant Symposium in New Orleans This will be a one-day conference for the community and interested professionals to connect the issues of storm water management and the use of native plants. The Keynote Speaker will be entomologist, Dr. Doug Tallamy of University of Delaware and author of Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants. To register, please visit Bayou Rebirth’s website. Early Bird Registration until September 20: Students $10 – General Public $20 – Professionals $35 After September 20: Students $12 – General Public $25 – Professionals $45

Click here for more information!

09/20/2013  Celebrate National NeighborWoods Month is the annual celebration of trees in our communities. Every October, tens of thousands of volunteers take action to make their communities greener and healthier by planting trees—turning their neighborhoods into vibrant, livable NeighborWoods®!

07/01/2013  U&CF Grant Program awards funding for Fiscal Year 2012 funds The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry's "Urban and Community Grant" Competitive Grants Program has awarded funding for nine organizations across the state. This program is geared toward establishing new and strengthening existing community forestry programs in Louisiana. Additionally, this program strives to increase the number and diversity of individuals informed and involved in community forestry endeavors. LDAF will awarded seven (7) grants for $10,000, (1) grant for $5,000 and (1) grant for $3,000. To see a complete list of recipients and project titles, click here!

Originating from the expanded Forestry Title of the 1990 Farm Bill, the Urban & Community Forestry (U&CF) Grant Program has once again been allocated federal urban forestry challenge grant dollars that are available to the State of Louisiana. These funds are made possible through the efforts of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry (LDAF), the Southern Group of State Foresters, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service. These funds were distributed through a competitive grants allocation process.

06/15/2013 Louisiana Forestry Teachers Tour a huge success! 37 teachers from across the state met up for a 4 day forestry workshop. Teachers were certified in PLT, Project Wild and Project Wet. The teachers also experienced firsthand the side of Louisiana Forestry that makes it the number one industry in Louisiana. Sponsors from all over the state helped fund the teacher’s tuition to make it no cost for them to attend. Special thanks goes out to the USFS Kisatchie Forest and the LSU AgCenter for helping the Louisiana Forestry Association and Office of Forestry for pulling off another fantastic year! Click here to see pictures from this year's tour!


05/31/13 Conservation Education Facilitator Workshop certifies 16 new Facilitators statewide! Louisiana now has 16 new conservation education facilitators that are certified in Project Learning Tree, Project Wild and Project Wet! Ricky & Cindy Kilpatrick led the 3 day training at the Jimmie Davis State Park located in Chatham, La. The energetic group spent 3 days learning indoors and outdoors what it takes to develop, promote and facilitate these 3 conservation education workshops! Give us a call today to schedule your next Project Learning Tree or Project WILD Workshop today!! (225) 925-4500



02/01/13 Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Louisiana Forestry Teachers Tour! This program allows for Louisiana teachers/educators of all subjects, the developers of the children's mind, an opportunity to gain insight to the research, development and implementation of Louisiana's #1 agricultural crop: Timber. Through hands-on tours and one-on-one meetings with federal, state, industry and non-industrial forest personnel, informed decisions may be reached through an unbiased process. If you feel that you would like to increase your knowledge with respect to the forestry environment of Louisiana, this tour is a great place to start.

There are only 40 spots available, so sign up now to reserve your spot! Click here to download an application.

01/10/13 Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Urban & Community Forestry Grant Program! This grant program provides competitive federal matching grants to non-profit groups and state and local governments to assist in start-up or improvement of local urban forestry programs. Applications will be accepted until COB February 28, 2013. Contact U&CF Program Coordinator, Whitney Wallace for more information at wwallace@ldaf.state.la.us

02/23/13 The third annual Arbor Day at Burden Center has been rescheduled for February 23, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate Arbor Day in Baton Rouge. Visitors will be invited to plant a tree in the Burden woods and participate in a 5-K Fun Hike through the Trees and Trails system. The event also will support and promote educational programs conducted by the LSU AgCenter, the Burden Horticulture Society and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, according to organizers. Individuals participating in the tree planting will be given certificates with GPS coordinates so that they can monitor the growth of the trees they plant. The 5-K Fun Hike will start at the Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie in Burden Center, which is located off Essen Lane at I-10 in Baton Rouge. An entry fee of $5 for individuals or $10 for families will be used to support the Project Learning Tree program for school children conducted by the Burden Horticulture Society. In addition to planting a tree in the Burden woods, each family will receive a cherry bark oak seedling for planting at home. The seedlings are being provided by Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Other activities will include a tree scavenger hunt along

01/18/13 Happy Arbor Day, Louisiana! Celebrate Louisiana's Arbor Day by planting a tree. Learn more by clicking here!

10/18/12 Great news! The Urban Forestry Manual is now totally converted to an online suite of eLearning modules called eLearn Urban Forestry! eLearn Urban Forestry is a state-of-the-art online, distance-learning program geared specifically toward beginning urban foresters and those allied professionals working in and around urban and urbanizing landscapes, including service foresters, natural resource planners, landscape architects, city officials and public works employees. To access the program for free go to http://elearn.sref.info and for ISA and SAF credit go to http://www.cfegroup.org.


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Whitney Wallace
Urban Forestry Program Director


Phone: 225-922-4500 or 985-543-4057
Fax: 225-922-1356




Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1628
Baton Rouge, LA  70821




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