Urban Forestry

Welcome to the Urban and Community Forestry website. Our mission is to make the science and technology needed to sustain the trees, woodlands and forests accessible to landowners, communities and professionals within Hillsborough County and the entire Tampa Bay area.

Trees and forests affect nearly every aspect of our lives. The Tampa Bay watershed’s urban and rural forests protect our supply of fresh water, remove airborne pollutants to purify the air, protect soils from erosion, and provide for nature – based experiences. Our trees and forests provide habitat for wildlife, and serve as preserves of biological diversity and as sources of raw materials and fuel. They shape the recreational landscape, help stabilize our farms, and enhance the economic vitality of our cities.

We serve all of Hillsborough County, including Tampa, Brandon, Temple Terrace, Lutz, Riverview, Ruskin, Sun City Center, and Plant City and neighboring communities.

We hope that you find our website interesting and informative. Our goal is to provide you with science you can use. Let us know how we are doing.


Trees & Drought in West-Central Florida

On Thursday, May 11, 2017 the National Weather Service, Tampa Bay Area - Ruskin FL issued the following statement concerning drought conditions in our region:

Extreme Drought continues over portions of the interior peninsula (Polk County) with Severe Drought persisting across most of West Central and Southwest Florida.


Tree Care and Drought
Homeowner tips on recognizing sign of tree drought stress and possible use of irrigation to protect young and mature trees.

Common Causes of Oak Mortality
A complete, and detailed technical report on drought and tree mortality.