What is the difference between arboriculture and urban forestry?

Trees for Energy Conservation April 27, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

Arboriculture is the care of a single tree, while urban forestry deals with forests as systems in a developed setting. Specifically, arboriculture includes caring for the well-being of individual trees, such as planting, pruning, evaluations, and management. Urban forestry is broader and refers to the planning, establishment, protection and management of trees, not only individually, but in groups or within a developed urban setting.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.