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The Urban Forestry Program at the City of Jacksonville strives to provide the community with a healthy urban forest. Urban Forestry is the practice of managing single trees, tree populations, and all associated vegetation making up the crucial portion of a city’s green infrastructure. Just as engineers and city planners manage the roads and bridges in your community, your Urban Foresters and City Arborists manage the trees in the City of Jacksonville. The Urban Forestry Team achieves these goals by maintaining the tree canopy in a city, planting new trees, conducting research, and working with the local community in order to maximize the benefits that the City receives from our urban forest. These benefits include reducing urban heat island effect, reducing stormwater runoff, filtering the air we breathe, providing wildlife habitat, and much more.

A 250 year old live oak (quercus virginiana) The tree has a trunk over 25 feet in circumference, it rises to height of 70 feet, and its crown spreads over 145 feet, with twisting branches that bow to the ground and curl back up. The oak shades a roughly circular area, about 190 feet in diameter.
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City Council Approves New Appropriation for Tree Plantings
Jacksonville's city council recently unanimously passed a bill to provide further continued funding from the city's tree mitigation fund for city tree planting projects.
Request your 630-CITY trees today!
If you have space on the City right of way and would like the City of Jacksonville to plant new trees please call 630-CITY or request through the online portal and our urban foresters will reach out to you.
National Arbor Day 2020
National Arbor Day 2020 April 24, 2020
National Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year based on best tree planting times in their area.
TD Arbor Day Green Space Ceremony
Join the Urban Foresters of the City of Jacksonville and local non-profit organization Groundwork Jacksonville for the tree planting and herb and spice garden planting out at the Biodiversity Corridor at the S-Line!
Tree Sapling

Justin GearhartJustin Gearhart
City Arborist
Justin graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources and Conservation and a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Ecology. He spent several years on research projects studying traits of tree species in the Eastern U.S. After graduating he worked for Pinellas County Building and Development Review Services, helping administer the landscape code and ordinances. Justin is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist. With the tree plantings of this department he hopes to balance the short term benefits and long term benefits of trees so that all an enjoy.
Michael LeoniMichael Leoni
Urban Forester
Michael Leoni holds a Bachelor's degree in environmental science and is an ISA certified arborist. He is originally from Connecticut but his journey in arboriculture began with Bartlett Tree Experts in Savannah, Georgia. Here, he honed his skills as a tree climber and eventually rose to the position of crew leader. His dedication and expertise then led him to the forestry department for the City of Savannah, before finding his current home in Jacksonville. With a strong foundation in both practical tree care and urban forestry management, Michael brings invaluable knowledge and a steadfast commitment to preserving and enhancing our urban green spaces. In his free time he enjoys woodworking and spending time with his wife, two daughters, and son.