Recommendations by leading tree and forest experts that includes cross-agency and organization collaboration in green infrastructure planning.
In 2010, the United States Forest Service and the New York Restoration Project partnered to launch the Vibrant Cities and Urban Forests Task Force. This group of 25 experts was drawn from across the nation and represented a broad range of disciplines. It convened to advance conversations and bolster efforts that have been taking place for years aimed at developing strategies to more effectively support urban ecosystems, and in particular urban forests.
The group finalized recommendations in the fall of 2011 to promote environmental justice, support urban ecosystems research, encourage cross-agency and organization collaboration in green infrastructure planning as well as suggest ways to grow a sustainable green jobs workforce, establish consistent funding resources and educate citizens and youth to encourage stewardship and environmental action.