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Find information about arboriculture and forestry here!

For wider but related topics, try the subject guide for Environmental Conservation.


Research on arboriculture and forestry

Find articles from journals, magazines, or conference proceedings; also book chapters, reports and other sources

  • Agricola is produced by the US Dept of Agriculture and covers applied biology - research in agriculture, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, extension and education, wildlife management, veterinary sciences, earth and environmental sciences. Citations from journal articles, book chapters, monographs, theses, patents, software, audiovisual materials, and technical reports. 1970-present.

  • CAB Abstracts CAB stands for Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux, and is the British equivalent of Agricola, but covers a longer time, roughly 1910- present. Less deep in American governmental reports but probably wider coverage of international topics.

These are the strongest databases for this area, but others may be more useful, depending on your topic. For help, contact me! ---->


Government sources

U.S. government sources of research and information

  • U.S. Forest Service: Urban and Community Forestry - provides technical, financial, research and educational services to local government, non profit organizations community groups, educational institutions, and tribal governments.  See next box below for more.

  • TreeSearch - Forest Service Research & Development - published peer-reviewed research by the U.S. Forest Service's R&D organizations. An alternative way to search the same collection is GeoTreesearch, an interactive map-based tool that combines full text searches of the publications themselves with a geographic filter based on the places mentioned in that text.

  • Joint Fire Science Program - supports credible wildland fire research; collaboration among many government and academic partners. They publish Firescience Digests (formerly called Briefs) which summarize results of research, and also alert researchers to sources of grant funding. Also lists grant-funding opportunities.

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Forestry page - environmental requirements relating specifically to establishments that operate timber tracts, tree farms, forest nurseries, and related activities, such as reforestation services and the gathering of gums, barks, balsam needles, maple sap, Spanish moss, and other forest products. 

 Massachusetts state agency

  • Forestry, under Energy and Environmental Affairs. Includes forest management on state and private lands, statistics, and GIS data for the state.
    Also, linked to a page on Urban and Community Forestry for the Commonwealth.

Urban Forestry

Urban Forest Connections Webinar series - monthly webinars on 2nd Tuesdays, presented by the Forest Service’s National Urban Forest Technology & Science Delivery Team

Planning the Urban Forest (2009), part of the American Planning Association series, Planning Advisory Service Reports. We have access to the full text in the ABI Inform database. Each chapter is a separate record:  Here is a link to the Table of Contents. To find this in ABI Inform, search by series title (Planning Advisory Service Report) and find by report number.

Urban and Community Forest of New England U.S. Forest Service General Technical Report NRS 38, (2008), 67 pages, PDF.

Urban Forest Data from the U.S. Forest Service, by state, city (short list), or region. Includes statistics and GIS files.

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