These strategic recommendations address the challenges uncovered by Urban Forestry 2020’s nationwide research on the urban forestry profession. We have provided these recommendations to the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council to assist in their efforts to support sustainable management of urban forests in the United States. Our recommendations are tied to strategic actions that the professional community within urban forestry can undertake to address the challenges we have discovered.
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Shaping Professional Identity and Public Perception of Urban Forestry
Public awareness of the urban forestry profession is low, and even among practicing professionals and their employers, “urban forester” is not clearly defined or differentiated from its allied professions.
Building Career Networks for Advancing, Promoting, and Communicating Expertise in Urban Forestry
Networking and professional development at a national level are challenging because urban foresters and managers of urban greenspaces are found in many employment sectors and have a wide variety of disciplinary affiliations. Many urban forest management networks operate at local, state, or regional levels.
Linking the Urban Forestry Profession with Higher Education
Hiring and recruitment links between employers of urban foresters and universities are inconsistent and insufficient to create a sustainable professional pipeline that can foster diverse career opportunities.
Increasing Student Recruitment and Awareness of Urban Forestry
Students have low awareness of urban forestry as a career and do not readily visualize a career path for the profession.