Urban and Community Forestry

The Urban and Community Forestry team at UConn is an action coalition of university and external partners dedicated to promoting the communal management of urban forests as a means to achieving just, equitable and resilient cities.



We believe community wellbeing and forest condition must both be weighted during decision-making processes.

Connecticut has over 60% of tree cover, but it is also the state with the most amount of urban forest. Explore Connecticut's urban forest here.


We believe everyone should have fair access to nature's benefits regardless of their race, income, gender or background.

Connecticut has 5 of the 10 worst income-based disparities of tree cover distribution in the country. Explore Connecticut's disparities here.


We believe ALL communities must be prepared to overcome the environmental challenges that affect them.

In Connecticut, this means dismantling barriers that detract its environmental justice communities from being as equitable resilient as the rest of the state.

Core members of the UConn team include faculty, staff and students from UConn Extension, UConn Natural Resources and the Environment, UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research, and UConn Hartford's Research on Resilient Cities, Racism and Equity who work alongside municipal staff, urban forestry professionals, and community members to develop and implement radical solutions to complex urban issues. 

Our reach

Our approach

Global solutions for global problems:

News Highlights:

The CAHNR Fellows Program will connect undergraduate students from UConn Waterbury and UConn Stamford to scholarships, experiential learning, and career training in the fields of food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences

Students gain real-world experience and technical training to support Connecticut’s forests and communities

A new UConn study explores how communities of color remain excluded from all that nature has to offer

This diverse cohort will bring new expertise and fresh perspectives to CAHNR’s thriving academic community